Sunday, April 27, 2008

Phantom Quartz - Victorian



I had two false starts on the necklace for this piece & managed to chew up about 10 hours of work time before I finally arrived at this design. It's embellished RAW stitch, worked over braided leather in Toho size 11s & 15s. The stone is 40 x 28 x20mm - Clear quartz crystal with inclusions from volcanic mud. I've never seen another like it.

Both designs started me thinking about how, although I love gorgeous, over-the-top necklaces with embroidery and fringe, my practical streak insists on asking, "Where would you wear that?" and "What would you wear it with?" I love to make jewelry that works with a suit, or a simple black top. Some of my wildest designs (the bright embroidered cuffs) I wear with jeans and a black top. I think we gravitate one way or the other with wearable art - some of us are more interested in the "art" side and some of us concentrate on "wearable". With these two, my focus has been on "wearable."

6 comments:

artandtea said...

Simply stunning!

beadbabe49 said...

It's a perfect necklace for the cab...very lovely all together!

LJ said...

Thanks artandtea! And by the way, comments are great for finding other artists. Lovely website. Theres a turquoise necklace there I'd kill for.

BB - I am a horrible friend and worse correspondent. Thanks for checking in even though I've been MIA for months. And I'm glad you like it. This one just eluded me for SO long once the cab had a bezel.

herhimnbryn said...

Looks good..........smokey!

Bénédicte said...

Ce quartz est magique ! Une petite merveille !

LJ said...

Herbimnbryn (she said, two weeks after you posted the comment)- you should see this thing in person, it's amazing!
benedicte - merci!