Amethyst and pearl

Nearly done.

I just have to work out how to fasten the strands, either all together, or individually.

But I’m pleased with how the strands look, and the solution I found for the pendants, grouping them together on the bottom strand.

Some of the amethysts are real, and some aren’t, some pearls are real and others aren’t. I had a beautiful pearl bracelet made for me by Dawn Gill, but because I’m a klutz I broke it twice, re-threading it three times. Finally, I realised that I just keep catching it because I’m clumsy. So I’ve recycled the grey/lilac pearls, ‘cornflake’ pearls and silver jump rings into this necklace. Hopefully having it round my neck for special occasions will make it a bit safer!

Once the clasp(s) is/are on, I think I’ll put the beading aside for the time being. I think I have it out of my system for now!

The CYTL quilt is calling my name!

40 thoughts on “Amethyst and pearl

  1. Wow. Just wow. Is there anything you can’t turn your hand and eye to, without achieving gorgeousness?

  2. anne54 says:

    So pretty, Kate. Dawn must be smiling to see her treasures here!

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Really very pretty indeed.

  4. It’s clear your eye for beauty delights in whatever field you turn your attention to. It suddenly occurs to me that our world would be better if more seers and makers of Beauty had a hand in running it. (Not a suggestion for you, just a wistful thought.)

  5. You are right! I love this one! It’s perfect and will look lovely on you. Good way to use something that wasn’t working out in something that has a better chance. I love them altogether.

    • katechiconi says:

      There are advantages to being a magpie sometimes… that amethyst oval in the silver setting you see in the central pendant was a single earring from a pair I had 40 years ago and lost one. Glad you like this one, I do too!

  6. Dayphoto says:

    OH! WOW! I LOVE IT! My Favorite of the favorites

  7. Going Batty in Wales says:


  8. Marty K says:

    All of the necklaces you’ve been making are so pretty.. I think this one would work well on a single clasp. There are 3-loop bar findings that I’ve used for such a purpose that space out the strands perfectly.

    • katechiconi says:

      That would work well. I also have a cone fitting into which all the threads could be gathered and crimped off. However, I’m still considering whether I want to be able to be able to wear the strands separately too, in which case separate clasps would be a good idea.

  9. Jule says:

    Beautiful! I think it’s about time to get my beads out and start to make my own. 🙂

  10. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Wow Kate !! What a beauty !!

  11. It’s wonderful to see such beautiful and precious things being given a new life and so much more interesting than just going out and buying something new.

  12. magpiesue says:

    Another beauty. Wonderful repurposing.

  13. Lucyannluna says:

    It’s so pretty, glad you managed to re-string it.

  14. Moira says:

    Beautiful work! I’ve got bunch of beads somewhere that I’d bought to make something with. This almost makes me want to find them and work with them. =)

  15. Terri H. says:

    That is really pretty Kate. Nice combination of the different types of beads.

  16. Debbierose says:

    Incredible, you are creative

  17. really nicely done, Kate. (thanks for the tag!) And elastic bracelets aren’t for everyone – my mother regularly catches her’s either on the gearstick or with a gardening trowel, and I’ve a chum who never manages to take one off without using it as a weapon, firing it at her husband. Now you’ve nailed necklaces, you could start on bracelets – if you use a length of chain as an extender and crimp one end to that, and use perhaps an S clasp on the other, you’ll only need to worry about the flex and not being super precise with the length.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly, bracelets have become less user-friendly for me; I wear a chunky watch on my left wrist and now have two medic alert bracelets on my right wrist, so I rarely add anything else these days! But I do have another bracelet that I’m eyeing up with a view to cannibalising the bits for yet another necklace!

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