November 19, 2008

Illuminated Manuscript Beads

I thought I'd give you a little peek into some more items from the Humblebeads Garden Party line, coming at the end of the month. I'm calling these Illuminated Manuscripts. They remind me of the Renaissance.

What's up the classic pearls Heath?

Well, I thought it would be funny to copy Anne Boleyn's famous B necklace. I'm thinking of making a few of these for some pre-teen nieces on my gift list, of course using their initials. The monogram beads are an antiqued gold with touches of light blue and white washed. The back are the lily pattern that you've seen on some of my other beads.

A complete view of the necklace. Finished off with chain for an adjustable length.

Another design possibility, a little more me. I used brass chain & rings, pearls in gold, lemon faceted glass and a few stones.

And a detail of the monogram bead.

So what do you think? I love them for gifts. They are bit subdued and abstracted. I could also see them used in some non-jewelry projects for a new bride.

10 comments:

Lorelei said...

I really like them! I love the beads with the pearls and I really like them in the "Heather" style necklace. VERY VERSATILE!!

laurelmoon said...

Oh, these are absolutely awesome! I really love the way they look, and the inspiration behind them. Totally terrific!

Fab Fibers said...

Do I qualify as a pre-teen?
Those are beautiful!

JenniferJangles said...

Haether, I love the initials. I bet you sell lots they are super cool!
Jennifer

White Iris Designs said...

Heather, I love them...nice twist on the monogram pendant!!

No Easy Beads said...

I love how you have taken a past era element and brought it into a modern design. The monogram pendants are classy, elegant and work so well with pearls or in brass.
I am going to need a "B". They are wonderful!

LLYYNN said...

Very sassy and classy - love the braided wire and pearls together.

AJ said...

They're very elegant. I don't normally wear monograms, but I might make an exception for one of these!

The Beading Gem said...

These are fabulous! I am a huge history fan ( I write a lot of historical articles on my jewelry blog) so this is right up my alley! Pearl

Cindy said...

Heather, I love these new monogram beads! And your necklaces are beautiful...I especially like the second one...I'd wear it in a heartbeat! Will you be selling these initial beads too?