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Black Filigree Gorget

About this design:

I just had to make Gretchen Grammer's Filigree Gorget when it came out in Apr. '11 Bead & Button. But I had an entirely different vision. I had a strand of vintage black faceted ovals that I used in place of the pearls. And since my vision was of an all-black piece, I used black seed beads and black crow beads. It took a bit of doing... and redoing, and more redoing before I finally got the pattern down, but I did it! I'm really happy with the way it drapes, but since it's heavy, it hangs lower than I envisioned, so I'll have to shorten it a couple of inches. I also happened to have the square clasp and really like how it mimics the RAW squares.


Vintage Glass Faceted Ovals, Crow Beads, Black Seed Beads, Pewter Toggle Clasp

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  1. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Wow, what a cool design!!!

  2. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    I agree with Karen it is a cool design and definitely a WOW!

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  4. Violet
    Violet says:

    WOW !!!! Amazing design !!!! I love the all black and the clasp
    is perfect !!!!

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    love to bead aka Donna says:

    Beautiful piece I like it

  6. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    Thank you… it was a labor, and turns out, it was a labor of love! I’m keeping this one.

  7. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    I love this!! Well done!!

  8. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is so romantic, and vintage. Great job…

  9. Jade aka Caryn
    Jade aka Caryn says:

    wow, that must have taken some time to make. It is beautiful

  10. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Stunning work and patience!! :)

  11. Lyric Chick aka Bev
    Lyric Chick aka Bev says:


  12. shimmer chick
    shimmer chick says:

    beautiful… and I love how your picture really emphasizes it’s personality!!!

  13. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    Thank you, everyone :)

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