... Still working on this cream and turquoise darling but am pleased with it already :) Hope you are looking forward to the weekend!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Regent is the big sister to my Wellesley Girl necklace from here.
It features a stunning 1940s-50s vintage brooch from the same set as the vintage earring-turned-pendant in Wellesley Girl, hailing all the way from an antiques arcade in the UK. The large emerald cut-like amber crystal is just beautiful with the the prettiest floral leafy details and smaller rhinestones surrounding it. The chain portion is made up of antiqued-brassy filigree connectors and rondelles of hessonite, citrine, garnet and peach moonstone with golden autumn pearls. Strangely enough, looking at it this time reminds me of the ornate jewellery worn by aristocratic palace women (thanks to all those period dramas!) so I've included it as part of the :: Imperial :: collection :)
This necklace measures approx. 18" in length with 14k gold-filled wirework and lobster clasp closure.
I love a good chinese period drama because oh boy, all the bright colours and intricate details of the costumes sure make me go wild with inspiration! Inspired by Manchurian/Mongolian grassland outfits, I went for a bolder colour scheme with multi-coloured tourmaline briolettes, grade A large jade round beads and deep blue gold flake lapis lazuli nuggets. Of course I have to include my signature vintage touch and it comes in the form of this gorgeous gold-tone double rose brooch set with tiny glittery rhinestones. A peridot connector and beautiful large teal blue swarovski crystal pendant complement this earthy yet richly coloured piece :)
Fell in love with this vintage Haskellesque component with its many layers of faux pearl flowers, creamy mother of pearl shell disc and rhinestones. I added vintage gold-tone leaves and trails of assorted jade+carnelian+agate accents in varying earthy hues. The chain portion consists of hessonite, garnet, citrine rondelles wired together with gold-filled beads and vintage-inspired brassy gold filigrees. Necklace measures 22" long with the centre-piece being 4" at its longest.
A gorgeous vintage coral reef brooch pin set with amber crystals strung with strands of faceted red coral beads and forest green jade rounds. Handmade polymer beads by Karin feature a picturesque coral rose and leafy theme while a vintage-inspired czech sunflower bead, jade donut, cluster of semiprecious rondelles, large freshwater pearl and smooth carnelian coin beads complete this chinois necklace.
A different take on the classic pearl necklace ~ I used an immaculate vintage Coro rose ribbon bow brooch in antiqued-silver tone and added 2 strands of lovely freshwater pearls in alternating ivory cream, oyster grey and golden sunny hues for contrast. Near the brooch are glittering moonstone briolettes, a cluster of keishi petal pearls and a yellow agate carved rose. Pretty sky blue amazonite nuggets, hematite rondelles and mother of pearl shell ovals complete the asymmetrical necklace.
Necklace measures approx. 18" including the longer pearl strand and closes with a vintage-style sterling box clasp.
Another pair of nothing but jade awesome-ness ~ jade rounds and even more lovely rounded jade donuts topped with faceted emerald rondelles and petite gold vermeil rhinestone flowers from gold-filled hooks. Earrings measure approx. 3.5 cm in length.
Deep green 双喜 jade and gold vermeil ear hooks set with double peach moonstone cabochons surrounded by tiny glittering rhinestones = Double Happiness ! This is my modern take on traditional jade -- bold clusters of deep red ruby, lapis lazuli, red garnet and tanzanite rondelles to bring out the green against the peach :)