The good news about the cold January-in-Minnesota-and-I've-run-out-of-propane-in-my-studio-heater weather is that it gives me reason to sit down and make something with all of the beads I've been making. So, today I sat down and soldered some components for earrings and put a new pair together using the pink lampwork beads with the red heart murrini. There's been a second, finished pair sitting on my bench for about a week while I've been debating whether or not I wanted/needed to re-do them. The selection of small, red gemstones I have in my stash right now is limited, but I thought the bead was a dark enough blue-red to use garnets. I think that they do have the same hue, but until I had it together, I didn't realize the dramatic difference in value between the garnets and the lampwork. Right this moment, given that Valentine's Day is closing in, I think I'm going to list them as they are and, if no one buys them, then I'll do some surgery and replace the lampwork bead.
Do you think the difference is too dramatic, or do you like it? Which is your favorite pair?