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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

"Diamonds and Rust" - Hot Pink Swerve (#5) (YOUR personal challenge too!)


About this design:

This huge hot pink topaz has a cushion cut top and a beautiful angular cut on the back that gives it a 'step-cut'/Asscher cut look when you look deep inside.

I have to confess, I've been holding onto this one for a while so decided with the "Diamonds and Rust" challenge, it needed to see the light of day.

The vermeil 'swerve' is made with amethyst, black spinel, garnet, rhodolite garnet, mystic pink topaz, vermeil disks, and lots of tiny black spinel and faceted amethyst to fill in the gaps.

This was a lot of work to get the balance just right and the gemstones and disks balanced. Since it was a learning process, decided to enter it into this challenge. BTW, it's really pretty on! SLS


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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. amkcreations aka Amanda
    amkcreations aka Amanda says:

    Very very pretty.

  2. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, my this is a Beauty! Shannon, you make the most amazing & lovely things! I love the sparkle, and you did an incredible job! Very well Done!!

  3. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Wow I am speachless this is amazing! wonderful balance and the focal is awesome!!!!

  4. Buster Browns MoM
    Buster Browns MoM says:

    ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL NECKLACE SLS, THAT PINK TOPAZ IS TO DIE FOR.. <3

  5. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Just beautiful, I probably would of held on to this awhile too, I tend to do that myself.

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    K H says:

    This is beautiful!!!!! :) It inspired me to try a “swerve”, but mine went a slightly different direction.

  7. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    Wowwww, Shannon. Great desing, love the way you built up the front. Great colors and shape.

  8. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    This is very dramatic and very feminine at the same time! :)

  9. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Drop dead gorgeous! 8O

  10. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thanks you all …

    My husband said that the focal really didn’t even ‘need to be there’! After all that work and getting it to balance, etc., he tried to get me to remove it. Nah!!! Couldn’t do it!! SLS

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    K H says:

    Your DH is WRONG, and you can tell him that I said so!!!! That hot pink focal is like the cherry and sprinkles on top of a sundae!!!!!! :)

  12. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    It’s beautiful! Love the focal and the design…everything.

  13. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thanks for your note KH and Tara … I’m glad to hear you say that. The beads shimmer in shades of pink/purple/red/black and that focal just seemed to find a nice ‘home’ there to me. Glad you agree. SLS

  14. Rebecca M
    Rebecca M says:

    this is STUNNING!!!!

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    Mokie B says:

    BEAUTIFUL! You are a very talented beader. M

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