Now that I have more time to work on new designs I'm very, very excited to say that I've expanded my repertoire to include fine gem beads and stones. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time and now have enough time! While I plan to continue producing jewelry with standard semi-precious gemstones and my lampwork beads, better defining and expanding those lines of jewelry, the fine gems will allow me to compete for some of the luxury jewelry business that's out there ... if I can resist the urge to keep them all for myself. Yay!
The top two gemstone beads in each earring are rough DIAMONDS! Pearl briolettes, laboradite, seed pearls, and black spinel round out the gemstone contingent. All of the metal is sterling (0.925) or fine (0.999) silver.
The gemstone cluster look is pretty popular right now and it definitely appeals to me. I love the long, lean, and sparkly look! What do you think?