Queen Bee

Ready to fly off and start her own colony, a new Queen Bee.  Do you think she’ll be successful?  Are there flowers nearby to feed the hive?  She’s sure to pick a good spot.

This brooch is a study in greys, with a bright spot of yellow from the bumblebee jasper.  Colorfully lively without being riotous.

Carved and stained bone face, bumblebee jasper from Mount Papandayan in Indonesia, matte grey rondelles, hematite and seed beads.

She’s ready to buzz!


La Vie

V is for…Vitality  Victory  Vivaciousness

Wonder what vixen would wear this V?  I’m sure she’s out there, causing a ruckus and raising a fuss.  After all, that’s what Vixens do.

A foray into right angle weave.  With seed beads.  Which took a very, very, very long time to complete!  The Vs are quite architectural and sturdy.  Almost stiff, which is what they’re supposed to be. Right angle weave is not a fluid stitch; it creates structure.  Those sections are joined with crystals.

What the close up reveals is that there is more color to this piece than what the eye first sees.  In between the dark broody iris beads is a wealth of bright metallic seeds.

The remaining necklace is strung druks, because the human body is not angular.  Necklaces should lie against the neck, not poking out in odd angles.


Now that the friends and relatives have left and the house has returned to normal, we all need a little tranquility.

A necklace of soft blues, like waves lapping the Caribbean shoreline.  Soothing.  Soft.  A brief respite away from the upcoming hustle and bustle that closes out the year.

Blue tile squares and firepolish crystals accented with silver seed beads waving too and fro.


img_4360This necklace reminds me of pink camellias.  Some fully open for viewing, some just buds waiting warm weather, and others fading past their prime.

The same beading pattern was used in Pinot Noir, however different colors create a totally different look.  Matte o-beads are mixed with crystal AB seeds and silver grey faceted crystals.

The innocence of the pink beads have a sweet clasp to finish.

Pinot Noir

img_4335Still riffing on the exploration of color.  Another necklace stitched with the same pattern as Saturnalia and Moon over Miami.

Looks completely different.

Round duo beads in a matte grey, accented with dark red crystals, silver o-beads and a touch of pink.  What you see when swirled red wine around in a glass.

I think this necklace has legs, to paraphrase sommelier speak.

I also find it interesting that with all the two-hole beads  that have recently appeared on the market, I can relate to these.  Most of the others, not so much.


Can’t Elope

IMG_4142or would that be cantaloupe?  As in melon?

Either way, a very melon-colored necklace.  All the bright colors of fresh fruit.

Still using tile/tila beads, this time with some great chartreuse seeds and bi-colored crystals.

The curves remind me of melon slices, sweet and refreshing!

Primavera Firenze

IMG_4117Not to be outshone by the Medici Rosette the Albizzi family of Florence commissioned their own jewelry.  A necklace to celebrate the spring wedding of their daughter, perhaps?

I have no idea, but the story is intriguing, isn’t it?  A necklace in Spring colors, fit for a merchant princess.

Rosettes of crescent beads and lentils with crackle glass centers.  There’s a hint of fresh peach that shines through from the back.  Each rosette is stitched  to it’s neighbor with another crackle accent creating space, motion and wearing ease.

Cosimo, fetch me a cappuccino!