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  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Early Sunset”:
    “Really pretty and not overdone. The Tibetan beads really take center stage!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Koi Pond”:
    “How cool is this? You do amazing things with these challenges and this is no exception!…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “Oh. My. This is fabulous!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Ooo! What a striking piece! You done good!…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Mysterious”:
    “WOW! You nailed this! LOVE IT!…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Love the brighter blues pop against the darker hues! Lovely design.…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “I just love how you do those wrapped circles! Do you wrap them around something? They…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “More Bones and Leather”:
    “You have good bones! Love everything here! There is a lot to look at but it…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “One the Wings of a Vintaj Butterfly”:
    “One of the things I love about Vintaj is the "old made new" look. Sometimes it…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Early Sunset”:
    “Wonderful color scheme and great design! So nicely done!…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Koi Pond”:
    “This is such a great concept! I love the challenge given to you by your husband.…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I want to say ditto to everyone's comments above. This is so well done. I've looked…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “This is definitely a work of art. Great piece!…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “This is asymmetry perfection. It is so visually interesting. The colors and textures work so well…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Mysterious”:
    “Oh. My. Gosh. Wow. This is incredible. You have rocked my face off, blown my mind...…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “WOW!!! This is amazing! I love how you carried the necklace design down under…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dads Key Fob”:
    “Love this stylish key fob idea for men. No more misplacing those keys! :) …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Mysterious”:
    “Isn't it exciting when you find a treasure unexpectedly? That glass bead is stunning! …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Donna, I just love the way you combined the Tibetan agate beads with the Czech ivory…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “It is wonderful the way you combined all those rich-colored blue elements into this beautiful asymmetrical…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Beautiful necklace - love all the blues together.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I am very taken with this necklace. It is so ethnic and pleasing. I…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Mysterious”:
    “Love it, love it, love it. From the mystery focal to the chainmaille to the…” read »

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    C Wathen on “Hidden Treasures”:
    “Likw your designs and having the directions are nice.…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “Thank you! ;) What intrigues me is the wire wrapped part. I am just…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Mysterious”:
    “Thank you so much for all the kind words!! :) :) :) …” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Thank you for all your comments and kind words. Hey, Little Round Chick, you should me how…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Tibetan Life”:
    “You all are such artists! i really am starting to spread my wings. Your kindness. is…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Mysterious”:
    “Kye, another amazing piece of magic! Love everything about your wirework and moss agate to match…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Mysterious”:
    “Everybody loves a mystery and this is no exception. The focal is unique and gorgeous.…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Tibetan Life”:
    “WOW! This is fantastic and definitely exotic! Love the color, the beads and the…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Beautiful color, great design. Love it!! :) …” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “pclrbecky Please feel free to borrow part or all of the design idea. I'm a…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Mysterious”:
    “Wow, I love this! That focal is exceptional and you've complemented it perfectly.…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Very, very nice, Donna! I love the asymmetry and the balance!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “I love it!!! I might have to ask your permission to steal a bit of this.......…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Mysterious”:
    “Very, very cool!!!!!!!!!!! I love your wire/maille work but in this piece it is the…” read »

  • SilverCords aka Judy
    SilverCords aka Judy on “Mysterious”:
    “This is just stunning--the stones and metals work perfectly! I wish I knew how to…” read »

  • Creel U
    Creel U on “Mysterious”:
    “matte moss agate and chain mail. You had a happy muse!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Multistrand necklaces are so hard to get right. This one is really pretty. The tree of…” read »

SANTA FE BRACELET


About this design:

I LOVE color in the things I create and this bracelet is no exception. The focal point in this bracelet is definitely the 10mm by 10mm heavy sterling silver slider bead located smack dab in the middle.
Purchased in Santa Fe New Mexico along with the round beads, it has a unique design on it - triangles, sprials, dots and curves on a dark textured background. It's flanked on both sides first by small stones of Carico Lake turquoise which separate it from large rare atlantasite rondelles. Further on we have large knobby artisan sterling silver bead caps, Kingman mine turquoise, more Santa Fe silver, extremely rare deep blue Bisbee Mine turquoise disks - which in turn are separated from the next bead by spiney oyster. Finishing it off are large barrel stones of very rare gaspetite each with its own artisan silver bead cap, more Carico turquoise and small rondelles of more spiney oyster. And that's just for starters. It closes with a Santa Fe inspired sterling silver toggle clasp. And hanging from the artisan ring on the other end:

**a small barrel of bright red coral
**a sterling silver Thunderbird charm from Santa Fe
**a small copper bead just for interest
**a Santa Fe inspired artisan sterling silver cross charm
**a disk of yellow sponge coral

Components:

Sterling silver, turquoise, atlantasite, spiney oyster, gaspeite, Coral, copper



Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!
    All the gorgeous American turquoise, Spiny oyster, and Gaspeite has me drooling!! Southwest/Native American inspired jewelry is my first love. You’ve captured it beautifully!
    This speaks to me!!! :-D

  2. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    I love this one too … it speaks to me, too. Straight to favs, great job. Love the colors and textures!!!!!!!! SLS

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    Marcia e says:

    This IS g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

  4. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Very fun! I like the chaotic clasp action, it’s like an ellipsis at the end of a sentence….”oh wait, just one more thing!” :)

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    cdpatricketsycom says:

    Thank you for the compliment. I had so much fun making it!

  6. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    What nice colors love it!

  7. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    Makes me want to run to Sante Fe right now!!

  8. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    This is absolutely fabulous!! Definately a bracelet I would wear. I love chunky, larger jewelry!!! Gorgeous

  9. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Sensational Southwest! Effective use of stones and color.
    Atlantisite is one of my favorite opaque stones, the mix of the green and purple in one stone. These are gorgeous.
    Ingenious use of the Carico Lake Turquoise, I am assuming these not only separate the silver slider from the atlantisite, they look as if they are stabilizing a large hole bead? Very effective design technique.
    I would wear this in a heartbeat! Thank you for sharing.

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    love this! love everything about it! a fav!

  11. CAS
    CAS says:

    UTTERLY UTTERLY … WOW!!!!!

  12. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Incredible detail and very attractive!!! :D

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    Lynda aka DivaChick says:

    How gorgeous! I absolutely love this! Bravo!

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    Brenda H says:

    This is beyond COOL!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    Beautiful bracelet!

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    Lady of Beads says:

    Made my heart skip a beat! I do not wear large jewelry, but I would wear this in a skipped heartbeat.

  17. Just me
    Just me says:

    Very nice.

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