Saturday, August 28, 2010

More Colors of Autumn

Even though heat wave number 8 of the season is heading in tomorrow, the early signs of autumn are everywhere. Acorns and walnuts are dropping, the first blush of color is showing on the leaves of the dogwoods along our driveway, and school preparations are underway.
I am continuing to focus on warm, autumnal colors with some of my jewelry pieces and finished these necklaces this weekend.

Irregular beads of faceted citrine were strung with faceted briolettes of carnelian and sterling spacers and connected to a chain of soldered sterling rings with a sterling clasp.

I have been holding on to a string of large jasper beads, waiting for the right inspiration. I finally put some of them to use in this lariat-style necklace. I love how the patterning of the minerals resembles graining that might be found in some wood species. The jasper was wrapped with sterling wire. Faceted carnelian beads dangle and small garnet beads were used to connect the sterling chain to the sterling ring.

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