Gold Pearl and Carnelian Necklace with Tourmaline

If you’ve ever wondered what rough carnelian looks like then here’s your chance. I fell in love with these rough orange gemstone nuggets and thought immediately how lovely they’d look with gold pearls. There are all sorts of gold pearls of course but the pearls presented here are a peachy/gold colour. They are all ringed baroque and oval pearls. This was a project of love as these pearls were difficult to match up but so worth the effort, as I think you’ll find here.

To enhance the orange toned carnelian which almost looks like candied fruit,  I’ve added amber facetted citrine beads and some lovely 5 mm facetted watermelon tourmaline beads. The sterling silver with some gold vermeil spacers also, really made this design all come together beautifully. As a lariat design this allows you, to wear the necklace in a long style with a long drop front but you can twist the necklace around a few times and wear it as a bracelet, or as a double row necklace. Having a long pearl necklace, makes for a versatile jewellery piece every time!

A Coral and Pearl Necklace

I’ve been wanting to update my vintage coral necklace for quite some time. I’ve been experiencing a sort of artistic block of late (could be due to the holiday season) and sometimes creating a little something for yourself can start the creative juices flowing once again! Realistically as a designer of pearl jewellery for over 16 years, with over 5,000 designs clocked up, it surprises even me, how ideas just continue to pop into my head. However with all the right components laid out in front of my work bench, I am able to visualize a new project in my head and just start threading. If it’s not quite right I take the beads off and replace them with another pattern and keep doing this until voila! the ideal combination presents itself. Not so with this beauty. I knew exactly what to do with this one. I managed to create something really special today. Here I have used extra large chunky white oval ringed pearls, vintage coral beads and 14 ct gold ball spacers (looking a bit battered..I might add..but gold can gain character over the years and who wouldn’t reuse their old gold spacers). I loved it do much I thought I’d share my new Coral and Pearl Necklace with you today.



An Amber Necklace

After a good break from making jewellery I found it quite a struggle to get into it again and particularly to create something that will go with orange. Orange is my new fave colour right now. After three attempts I finally got the blend of colours, textures, shapes and sizes and the balance (very important) just right……me thinks! Thought I’d share my amber necklace creation with you today. It’s 47″ and so quite a long piece. There’s a lovely amber pendant necklace on Etsy that I made which I think is pretty special. Take a peek at it and browse my little boutique there. You may find some good pieces at very good prices there –

If you are interested in Amber I found a good reference link which has some interesting info on Amber’s origins and lists it’s healing properties of this lovely gemstone. Amber clears the mind and gives us peace. No wonder it has been worn as a talisman for centuries.