Petals of Pisgah Jasper Stone Beadwork Necklace and Earring Set

jasper pisgah petals necklace, beadworkLately I have been very inspired by the beautiful blooms and wildflowers that we discover during our hikes. In particular, I loved the mountain laurel, dogwoods and lilies that we saw on our hike at Mt Pisgah. I found this cabochon at Ernie’s Rock Shop in Brevard and fell in love with the colors. My photography isn’t great but in person you can see the coral, salmon and delicate mint color in the Leopardskin Jasper stone. It took me a while and many visits to my favorite bead store (A Better Bead & Craft) to find all of the correct hues to match including some perfect glass pearls and salmon colored superduos. Again, my photography is awful but the stones in the background are a color called “honeydew” and they match up very well to the light green color in the stone. As always, the necklace is backed with ultrasuede and has a beaded toggle clasp.

When I was beading this, I knew I wanted the actual chain to be very lacy but simple enough. The earrings I really kind of made as just a freebie to go along with the necklace. I just felt like some dangles were needed! I think it would also look fine with simple pearls.

I think this would be the perfect set for a wedding, garden party or other elegant affair. It’s a bit of a departure for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂

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Ashevillian Art Deco Labradorite Necklace

Labradorite bead embroidery pendantI love the colors in Labradorite. Within a tiny movement you can see blues, greens, purples, pinks, grays and golds. This pendant was inspired by a trip to Asheville and some of the Art Deco architecture we enjoyed. It’s weird because I grew up near Asheville but rarely did I ever pay attention to the downtown area. When I was growing up it was a wig store, a few quirky shops and a shoe store. Now I can appreciate the exquisite architecture and, like the Labradorite, many hues and nuances.

The pendant features Japanese seed beads, Czech glass beads and the Labradorite cabochon. The beaded chain is 20″ long with a hand beaded toggle clasp.