Purple and Copper, Pearls and Hearts

June 20, 2011 § 4 Comments

There’s quite the collection of freshwater pearls sitting in my bead stash. Since I discovered what beautiful colours, different sizes, shapes, and textures are available, I’ve been collecting them whenever I spot a string I like. I’m particularly drawn to irregular shapes, bold colours, and any with that fantastic pearl sheen.

However, pearls can also be a little tricky to incorporate into designs. They seem, sometimes, to only really work with other pearls, or on their own and very simply, or in traditional one-string jewellery. And that’s a bit dull for me! Here’s one of the ways I’ve incorporated pearls recently – in a richly-coloured bracelet using my recently-revisited-favourite colour, purple.

The bracelet has two strands: one beaded strand of copper spacers, purple freshwater pearls, bronzey-purple peanut beads and Indian glass beads. The second strand is a copper chain with peanut beads on extra links to form small charms. The key charm is recycled from a high-street charm necklace, and the lilac rectangle is Czech glass. The heart shaped toggle (which I think is wonderful) came from Kerrie Berrie Beads in Brighton (you may remember it from this post!)

I don’t have any purple clothes as, because of my colouring, it makes me look either jaundiced or about to keel over (lovely). Instead I teamed the bracelet with a taupe coloured skirt, similarly-shaded jersey top (not seen), tan coloured plaited leather belt, mushroom coloured bag, and this great purple and gold scarf tied to the strap, which picked up on the rich purple tones of the bracelet but still let it be the centre of attention.

The pearls add another fantastic texture into this bracelet’s mix, alongside the copper, etched glass, and shiny peanut beads. I’ve got some turquoise pearls in a similar size so I may well repeat this style but with a slight change of colours.

What do you think of the bracelet and the way the freshwater pearls are used? Do you like pearls at all? If so, what’s your favourite way to use them in jewellery designs?

Have a good Monday (is it Friday yet?!)

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