Creating luxury

Turkis og rubin
Turqoise and raw ruby necklace, with goldfilled wire and beads

It is becoming clear to me that I want to create something that lasts for generations. Why else would I want to spend so much time hovered over tiny things I can hardly see. Whether that is with wire or simple beads on a string, it must feel like it could be handed over – in time. That is certainly my goal at least. I am not always able to meet that requirement, novice as I am. But it is good to have goals indeed.

That is why I now always use the most expensive beading wire, the 49 strand. It may be overkill in some projects for sure, but for me it adds to the quality. In addition I only use sterling silver crimp beads, and I am adding 2 at each side. I have also started using wire guardians – which also might be over the top in some projects, but that also adds to the overall quality of it.

This necklace is my most expensive one to date. Natural raw rubies in different sizes, natural turqoise and gold fiilled beads and wire. To follow through it should have had a gold filled chain as well, but I didn`t have one at the time. Maybe I can add one later – however the copper chain is hidden by her hair and do not detract from the piece visually in any way. It was a christmas gift for my sister, and it looks stunning on.

Update: I have changed the chain now with bronze handcrafted. Getting a goldfilled chain the width required here would break my budget. I switched it with a bronze chain – that has the same colour as the goldfilled when it is shined up a bit. No pictures alas, but trust me when I say it looks stunning.

Glass beads

Just a few months ago I had never heard the name Swarovski. I did not know this was a Austrian high quality brand of glass beads in various sizes and shapes. Nor did I know that the Czech republic had a long history making glass beads either. What I did know was that glass from Venice was beautiful with a long tradition, but was not aware that this also included glass beads.

On the other hand I knew a lot about semi precious gemstones, and had been since I was 15 years old. For me – glass beads had no real place in “real jewelry” – and whenever I bought some jewelry that included that, it cheapened the whole experience for me. It became the norwegian word “juggel”.  It might have been at the time – teenagers do not have so much money to buy jewelry with and most of those purchases are long gone anyway.

The notion that glass beads are “cheap” is still there I think in many peoples eyes. They, like me, do not know the history.

Amethyst, glass, murano
Amethyst and Murano glass heart Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I needed something to accentuate the colour of the amethysts in this necklace, I searched through all my beads – and found some Czech beads. The heart is a Murano made glass. I think it all came lovely together, and this necklace is now one of my favourites. Even with glass.

Now – the 15 year old did not know the cost of some of these glass beads. If I had at the time, I think I would have called it “real jewelry” even then 🙂