Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pearls, Pearls, Pearls Hop

I can say with certainty that I do not know anyone who loves pearls more than Shel! She has such a passion for the subject, and has written quite a few guides to help the rest of us with the difference in luster and origin of these beauties. 

Last year I participated in Shel's hop and had a funny thing happen to me. I discovered that I had an ethnic boho style. I truly love creating pieces with leather and pearls; there is just something about that look that I gravitate towards. 

But every now and then when I pick up pearls I just feel the elegance of them in my hand, and I need to create something with a bit more timelessness. This sweet little double strand bracelet screams Audrey to me. I could absolutely see her wearing this in Breakfast at Tiffany's. While this one is a bit formal, I feel like I could wear it for almost any occasion. 

As Shel says "most people still see pearls as stuffy, snobby or classic and all prim and proper. Not me. I believe they go with anything, on anyone, in any season and for any reason."  And besides, that little flower clasp just makes me smile. So I may just be wearing this one everyday.

So one of the things that happened in my life recently is that I changed 'day jobs.' Oh how I wish my beady hobby was enough for me to pay the bills, but alas it is not. And so I spend my days working in an office. This new job has a need for more formal 'meeting attire' and I was realizing that I really didn't have any jewelry that matches this (did I say how much I like boho?). This is just silly considering my stash of beads and findings, so I decided to make myself a simple black pearl necklace for work. I didn't want it too stuffy so I alternated with small off white freshwater pearls in a few sizes. I wear a lot of black and grey so this has been absolutely perfect.



27 comments:

Shaiha said...

What beautiful designs! I would get a lot of use out of the necklace too. It would go with everything.

Dian Hierschel said...

I choose the bracelet if I could :-) So pretty. Love your necklace too. Perfect accessoires for office time !!!

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Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
I love both the bracelet and necklace, which in my opinion are perfect for office attire. Julia Chiles never went a day without her pearls and she is not stuffy at all, so wear those beautiful pearls Girlfriend!
Therese

Mary K. McGraw said...

I think you accomplished your goal of creating a perfect piece for business meetings. Lovely.

BeadedTail said...

The bracelet is lovely but I love your work necklace! Perfect!

Caron Michelle said...

From one pearl lover to another, you can never go wrong with such beautiful timeless and classic designs. There is rarely a piece I design that doesn't have a pearl in it, just love them! Good luck in your new role as well x

Halinka said...

Hi,Cynthia:
Pearls are 'evergreen' -always elegant and fashionable.
Your versions of pearl designs are stunning.Nice,elegant look and very beautiful additions.
-All the Best to You-

Kepi said...

Beautiful pieces, and pearls will certainly fit the bill for your new job!

Kepi said...

Beautiful pieces, and pearls will certainly fit the bill for your new job!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Hi Cynthia, These pieces will be so beautiful for work. You can't go wrong with classic pearls. I completely agree with Shel in that they can be worn anytime!

Shel said...

Cynthia, I'm so glad you were able to join in our pearl fun this time around! I love that bracelet and I'd wear it all the time, too! (It's so Breakfast at Tiffany's!!!) And your necklace, well that's one I'd be wearing all the time too, you know how I love my dark pearls and I wear black and gray almost daily so it would be perfect with everything in my closet!!

Mags said...

Love your necklace's "everyday-everywhere" feel and look! Would suit me so well too!

Berina RGA said...

gorgeous creations!! love both of them!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

LisaS said...

Bee-utiful jewelry pieces. Simply perfect for work and hope you are liking the new job ;)

freshbakeddesigns said...

What a gorgeous collection of elegant and feminine pieces! Those deep, dark pearls are just lovely!

Jen Purple said...

Beautiful designs. The silver clasp and end beads really draw your eyes to the beautiful double row of pearls.

Claudia Aguilar said...

Hello Cynthia! Good luck on your new job...maybe one day your beads will pay the bills! hugs friend.

Magic Love Crow said...

Congrats on your new job ;o) The jewelry you made is beautiful ;o) I love pearls ;o) So does my mom ;o) Take Care, hugs ;o)

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BluMoon said...

Your necklace and bracelet are so elegant, the flower clasp on the bracelet just adds that extra summery touch, very pretty!
Jackie

Erin Siegel said...

Feminine, elegant and refined. You've captured the timeless essence of the pearl in your designs. You've also filled your need for elegant jewelry for work. It's all good!

Bijoux Gems Joy said...

Perfect for work, perfect anytime. Marvelous

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Love all of your designs but especially covet your black and white design. It is so versatile but very distinctive. How great that you have custom accessories for your new job. I am in the same boat as you -- a day job with night and week-end beading! Agree about the clasp on the double-strand bracelet - it really sets it apart. Well done!

Rose Clearfield said...

Both of these pieces are so beautiful! They are perfect work attire.

Marcela Gmd said...

Lovely pieces!!!
Thank you so much for your comment, dear friend!
I opened a shop of hats and bags and have little time...I hope someday you can come visit, I have moved south of Spain.
Besos, Marcela♥

Sharyl said...

One of the first designs I saw of yours was a fantastic pearl choker. I've been a fan of yours ever since! Lovely work with the pearls again! ~Sharyl

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