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Beaded Kumihimo Love Knot

Kumihimo Beaded Love Knot Bracelet
Beaded Kumihimo Love Knot bracelet made with size 8 Rose Gold and silver lined crystal Toho beads, artistic silver toned end caps and silver plate toggle clasp.

Black Pearl Earrings

Black pearl earrings

On our recent vacation to Hawaii one of the vendors we encountered was selling chances of harvesting a pearl from a live oyster. I watched for a while and it looked like every one was finding one or two pearls in each oyster, so I gave it a shot. I got lucky and my oyster yielded two black pearls; enough for a pair of earrings. Unfortunately for me, I had to endure a hard sell from the vendor in her bid to get me to spend a lot more money to have the pearls set, but much to her dismay, I declined to purchase any earring settings. The pearls were topped drilled in the anticipation that I would make a setting purchase. However, I knew I could save a lot of money by creating these simple but elegant earrings myself.

These pearls are “cultured pearls” meaning they are created by the same process as natural pearls, but the irritant which ultimately produces the pearl is hand introduced into the oyster. To create a cultured pearl, the harvester opens the oyster shell and cuts a small slit in the mantle tissue. The irritants are then inserted under the mantle. The oyster, in an attempt to shield itself from the nuisance, coats the irritant in nacre, which in time creates the pearl. Some oyster farmers harvest their oysters as early as seven to eight months after introducing the irritant but others leave them be for up to three years. The longer the irritant remains, the thicker the nacre and the better the pearl.

Pearl Kumihimo

What could be better than my favorite medium: Kumihimo beaded braiding and pearls?Pearl beaded Kumihimo braided necklace

Size 8 Toho beads, size 6 Czech glass hematite bead mix combined with gold pearls and white beads in the style of Rebecca Combs’ “Showstopper” necklace. Finished with a gold tone leaf clasp.

Coral and Teal Kumihimo Necklace

coral and teal kumihimo necklaceA coral and teal Kumihimo 24″ necklace made with size 8 seed beads, coral pendant, silver tone spacers and silver tone lobster claw clasp.

Multi-Strand Necklace

I have a job where our daily attire is black and white so the only way of adding a little color to the daily clothing is by adding jewelry. This necklace combines large chunky beads with smaller beads and white coral chips in a continuing color scheme of dark read, tan, gold and cream. All three strands are attached to a gold tone chain and clasp.
Multi-strand necklace

Silver and Black Kumihimo

This necklace is made from black and silver size 8 beads in a varigated Kumihimo pattern ranging from all black to all silver. Silver toned bullet endings are attached to silver tone chain for additional length.
Black and silver beaded Kumihimo in varigated pattern

Silver Wings

While we were on our trip to Bike Week in the Black Hills of South Dakota, I saw a woman wearing a necklace that looked much like this one. I tried to be inconspicuous as I stared at her, ummmm, chest area, to see how I could make a similar necklace.  This is what I came up with. Turquoise beeds, small silver toned beads, and, of course, silver wings.

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Chelsea’s Earring Choice

Chelsea made her earring choice and the they looked wonderful on her for her very special day. Which pair of wedding earrings is your choice?Chelsea's Choice

Charmed Kumihimo Bracelet

Charmed Kumihimo Bracelet

Charmed Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet

Charmed Kumihimo Bracelet just in time for Mother’s Day. Show your heart by giving her one she’ll treasure!