I really liked the look of yesterday’s bracelet, so I decided to use some more dumortierite beads to make matching earrings, using the same bead caps as the bracelet. It was hard to catch the dark blue in a photo, but they look quite good in person, a dark indigo blue marbled with black.
I love gemstones, and I’m always excited with I come across a new type that I’ve never heard of before. A couple years ago, I was at a local bead supplier and saw these dark denim blue beads and wondered what they were. They’re called dumortierite, and I picked up a strand to play with them. Unfortunately, they ended up in the bottom of my organizer and were forgotten, until now.
I decided to string a simple bracelet and use up the last three sunburst bead frames that I had from a set I had bought. I picked out the three lightest beads to put in the frames, to help them stand out a bit more, and used some interesting bead caps to create a coherent look through the bracelet.
You may have seen photos of our second Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery set, which features a three-strand necklace, a three-strand bracelet, and some chandelier earrings with a teardrop-shaped drop component. The set is super elegant, and while we’ve shown the design in black and light gold, this is the first time I’ve made any of it in white.
Today I whipped up a pair of Vintage earrings with white Swarovski pearls. They look pretty glam, and I’m looking forward to making up the necklace or bracelet tomorrow!
One of the things I love about making jewellery is all the colour. Gemstones occur naturally in every colour of the rainbow, and manmade glass, crystal and other beads can be any colour imaginable. There’s a limitless palette to work with! Sometimes, though, I want something more neutral to wear.
The pendant on this necklace is charcoal jasper. This initially came as part of a mixed set that I bought off eBay, way back in the early days of my beading adventure, before even Drakestail existed. That bead mix included another charcoal jasper flower, which I used a while back to make a different necklace. Then it sat around for quite a while, looking pretty and waiting for me to be inspired. I decided to pair it with some oval beads called black line jasper, and it turned into a pretty monochromatic necklace!