Saturday, June 28, 2014

Design Reveal for "Pearls, Pearls, Pearls Blog Hop"

Pearls, the tiny treasures from the sea.  I love pearls, no one is exactly alike and there is something nostalgic about them - delicately strung on a silk strand, elegantly draped around your neck.   It is hard to believe that something so beautiful is made up of a crystalline form of calcium carbonate.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to participate in the "Pearls, Pearls, Pearls Blog Hop" hosted by the gracious and divinely talented Shel of  Our task for the event was to design something/anything using pearls.  You could use any kind of pearl, including but not limited to natural pearls.  The big reveal for those participating is June 29th (Sunday).

I find inspiration in vintage jewelry from the era of my grandmother.  The designs are elegant and sophisticated, possessing a sparkle that captivates even the least of admirers.

My design has a vintage look to it.  I incorporated both new and vintage materials, as well as, mixed metals of antiqued brass and silver.  I then added just a pop of color with a bright vintage Swarovski rhinestone.

The glass pearl cabochons have a baroque texture to the top.  They are set in a crown edge setting that has been riveted to a filigree panel.  I then riveted a leaf spray to the panel and added the rhinestone.  Each panel is linked together with a messy wrapped Swarovski crystal pearl.

I am excited to see what everyone else has designed.........Be sure to check out the other pearl designs at and there you will find the links to the other blogs/designers participating in this great event
I hope you are inspired to make something beautiful!

Talk to you soon,