This first necklace in particular is inspired by the FIRST pearl necklace I ever made for myself. I bought these green pearls at "The Dirt Market" in Beijing in 2004 and, not knowing any better, strung them on fishing wire and a lame-o twist-it clasp. I love wearing it with another similar green necklace in layers (as seen here in a picture of me back in 2007 right before seeing Phantom on Broadway) :)
So here is the new and improved version, available on Etsy:
I also bought some pearl balls, which I used to make necklaces back when I first opened my Etsy shop in 2008 - they sold so fast but I couldn't get more charms to re-stock them! Should have known I would find them in Quartzsite -- and in different colors!
I also had some fun creating custom jewelry with pearls this week. My sorority Big, Katie, e-mailed awhile back asking for some custom jewelry as a gift for her cousin at her graduation. Katie said: "She likes purple and funky, though not really chunky... plus she has dark skin and dark hair, so a deep purple would really flatter her features." I suggested to Katie that I play with some of the deep purple pearls I bought last week, in addition to a stash of purple seed beads I have had sitting around the house. She and I agreed on a long necklace that could be wrapped around the neck and be worn long or short, in addition to a coordinating (not matching!) bracelet (aiming for funky but not chunky). Here is what I came up with:
(bracelet pays homage to one of my favorite bracelets to sell, though most time consuming to make, from when I first opened my shop)
And here is what Katie had to say:
"*MOUTH WIDE OPEN* Man, I love them!!! You have done an amazing job, Christyn. Seriously, these are sooooo gorgeous!!! I am thrilled with them-- I can't wait to give them to my high-style cousin. I think she is going to love them! I have to show these to my husband. They are awesome! Thank you soooooooo much!"
::pats self on back...!::
Katie also asked for a somewhat simple, single pearl necklace to go with the pearl earrings she wearing everyday. She said, "I really want a simple necklace that has a twist to it -- possibly a single pearl with wire wrapped around the top in a cone formation?" I thought and thought about how to go about making this, and finally sat myself down and went to town -- and on the first try came up with this...!
Katie liked it: "Ah! Score again.... geez, Christyn, you're good! I really like it a lot!!! Perfect for what I want-- everyday wear, with something a little special. I love that it's made by you and not something generic I picked up on sale at Kohls!"
I will be posting more custom creations later this week... in the meantime, I better get back to creating my Summer Line!