My Chinese Apothecary Chest: in 1994, it arrived via container to California from Hong Kong, where I discovered beading during my husband’s ex-pat assignment. Serves as the repository for my beads. Handcrafted. It has 52 Drawers, mostly sorted by color.
2017 Challenge: Create a Necklace a Week, using only the Beads from one Drawer at a time. Voila! 52 Necklaces!
Week 37/Drawer 37: September 13, 2017: “Empress of the Splendid Season”
I never knew there were so many shades of olive until I looked into the so-named drawer #37. That said, the color of this necklace defies definition, even if the beads were living in my olive drawer! It is a dusky green with gray tones…
I was pleased to see I had a good amount of American Art Glass which I paired with not one, but two, pieces of Lampwork Glass by Gail Crosman Moore. I balances Gail’s lush work with a common round agate. A few inches of small faceted Labradorite provided subtle color support to the dusky art glass and brought the necklace to 19” in length.
The Art Glass is by David Christensen who used to commute from Rhode Island to California to sell his beautiful wares to folks like me. See Drawer 17 in my blog dated 5-3-17 for the Art Glass history. These beads have the color embedded in the center—there are actually two shades of the color that my photographic inexperience may not allow you to see—and the clear glass surrounding each bead is cut in a diamond shape.
Gail’s beads have been featured several times this year; they never fail to mesmerize due to the complexity of their layered colors and their unique shapes.
I chose the spacer/extender Labradorite beads to compliment Gail’s and David’s colors. Labradorite is a semi-precious stone that is usually gray-green in color; its attraction is the iridescence that seems to move depending on the angle it is viewed from. I like how an Intuit lore describes Labradorite: it fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis.
This necklace is very tactile due to diverse shapes and a color that calls you in for a closer look and touch.
At 19”, with earrings included, it is priced at $189.
I first introduced a Gail Crosman Moore bead to this blog in 4-11-2016. Others followed in 4-12-17 as well as 5-3-17 and 5-10-17. To access these blogs, choose the month and year in the ARCHIVES box on the right side panel of the landing page of priscillabeadle.com.
In a final postscript, my friend Sue, a lover of Labradorite, created a kitchen island top out of this magnificent stone!!!