Pale green with splashes of brown, chrysoprase is the mint chocolate chip of gemstones.
These are real beauties. I’m happy to present the Herringbone Leaf Earrings Tutorial.
The Herringbone Leaf Earrings are made using a variation on the herringbone wrap that allows the wrap to take on a lot of height on top without creating a large shape down below. The result is a pleasing leaf shape, high and pointed on top, wide and curved on the bottom. From this curved bottom, a paddle shaped “stem” emerges, completing the leaf-like appearance.
I am a big admirer of the skillful use of color in jewelry, and Tracey Pettingill of Bella Jewels has demonstrated a true mastery of the art of color combination in her joyful rainbow-jeweled collection. I came across these on a dreary February day and they were a cheerful reminder that spring was right around the corner. Now that it has arrived, I thought I’d celebrate by sharing her work with you. Don’t these pieces call to mind the blossoms that will soon be appearing all around us?
There is something about lampwork, isn’t there? Tiny glass baubles gleaming with color, lampwork beads justly demand to be the stars of the show. I love them best in simple settings where there is little to distract from their always-interesting splotches and swirls. Aimee Milan of Polychrome Beads has a lovely collection of lampwork beads, including focals, bead sets, and slider beads.