This is a Rings & Things blog partner project. They sent us a mix of shell pearls and faceted glass in this lux color scheme.*
I mixed them with a set of branch disk beads in purple and midnight blue, a dark blue dogwood bead, a key from Green Girl Studios, a flower button from Mamacita beadworks and a copper leaf from a bead shop in Michigan. I combined the beads with a big chunky silver plated chain and a delicate gunmetal chain to off set the bright silver.
(*As a blog partner we are sent products to review and give our honest evaluations.)
Dogwood beads: I have four colors in my etsy shop. I have 2 left in this midnight blue color. If you'd like one send me a convo on Etsy and I will list it for you. They are $12.00.
So what did I think of the shell pearls? I actually dig them. They have the a nice weight to them and I like that they are not perfectly smooth. Give me a little organic any day! You can read more about shell pearls here.
More dogwood beads! These are designs from some of my customers:
Gunilla Back from Finland designed this amazing necklace with two dogwoods, a Mary Harding pendant and leaves from Diane Hawkey. I love it!
Beverly Herman taught this dragonfly necklace on the Bead Cruise this year. She has the kits and patterns for sale in her Etsy shop.
And a wonderful earthy design from Lorelei Eurto.