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Early Mountain Autumn


About this design:

The yellow "turquoise"* leaf and peridot jasper square tubes languished in my stocks for several years. I personally didn't like them--so I wouldn't work with them. Recently, some of you ladies inspired me to start re-organizing my workroom. Part of that clean-up campaign includes the self-imposed requirement that I have to make jewelry using items that had been hanging around for too long.

The pearls were a recent acquisition, but they drew together the yellow of the pendant and the yellow-green of the peridot jasper. AND, they finished the picture I wanted to paint--early autumn trees just starting to turn with their green leaves just washed with a golden hint of what is to come.

Just as I finished this necklace, I'd turned away to take a phone call. When I returned I couldn't believe how much I liked it. My instant reaction was "I'd wear this!" Amazing what some almost "hated" components can be turned into.

*Yellow "turquoise" is actually serpentine in a jasper matrix.

Components:

Yellow "Turquoise" pendant, Peridot Jasper square tubes, golden olive FW pearls, silver-plated brass beads and clasp, seed beads, headpins.

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  1. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    I’ve never been a fan of Yellow Turquoise either. I think I traded some nuggets I had in one of the bead swaps – because they had been in my stash forever – and I still didn’t know what to do with them.

    You’ve done a fabulous job with this. I love your description – of the early autumn trees. I think you captured that perfectly with this piece.

  2. Vampire Chickie Ravin
    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    I think this is a really beautiful set, into my faves, I would so wear this, I LOVE what the pearls add to it as well!

  3. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Beautiful set! ;)

  4. Sonja
    Sonja says:

    This is beautiful also!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    MMMMM! Aspen leaves fluttering in the wind!
    I’d definitely wear this too!

  6. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Lovely outcome for an ugly ducking! I am with you I would haave a hard time with this, yellow is hard for me. What a beautiful swan it turned out to be.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Beautiful design I too never like yellow turqouise this design I love!

  8. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Looks good – the pearls were what these stones were waiting for, like the kiss that turned the frog into the handsome prince. (aren’t we all on a fairytale analogy jag?)

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  9. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    I really love your description for how you came to design – and love – this set. It is beautiful! I hope you do wear it, not sell it, because it will always mean something to you.

  10. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Beautiful job you did on this design!!!

  11. Science Chick Runs Sibes
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    All comments are deeply appreciated.

    Eeka–you always find the best pictures. Love the autumn leaves and stream.

  12. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    I like this one too! I would wear it for sure :-)

  13. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    This is so sweet!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Gayle, this is beautiful. Sometimes it is hard to see the forrest for the trees, so to speak. lol (couldn’t resist) I would wear this in a heart beat. It is really beautiful. Very great story also. Love to get inspired. Just need a fire lite under my butt to get movin lately. Procrastination should have been my middle name.

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