|Don't these pieces look coherent together?|
|Isn't the luster nice? It is almost mirror like and, yes, I have a black camera.|
I also wanted to balance the classical with something a little edgier. Instead of using a white silk to knot the pearls, I chose this beautiful navy. The navy adds contrast and helps to visually separate the pearls, so each one can shine on its own, instead of blending together. I also double knotted for heavier knots, to help the navy stand out and further separate the pearls.
|Button pearls separated by navy silk|
And, finally, I needed a clasp. Better yet, I wanted a versatile piece that would work with multiple clasps.
My first inspiration were the 18th century pearl chokers. They are so elegant! Some were worn impossibly high (giving literal meaning to "choker") while most were just nicely nestled in the curve of the neck.
|The French must have used anti-gravity technology to keep that necklace there!|
Then, for the second look. I wanted a stone clasp, with small hooks to hang from the jump rings used for the ribbon. Lo and behold, I had the perfect lapis lazuli just waiting for this project. Rarely does a project come together so easily, with everything already in hand.
|Lapis Lazuli in lightly hammered setting|
Isn't this a lovely way to end a year?