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Winter Rose

About this design:

My Mom wanted a necklace for a new outfit, so we went to my favorite bead store at home and spent a good part of the day narrowing down the options until we settled on a longer necklace design (30") with rhodonite and silver rounds. Mom likes the pastel pinks, grays, and near-coral of the rhodonite, but not the heavy black matrix on some of the beads, so we got two strands so I could sort out the most intensive colorations and still have enough for the long necklace. She wanted it very simple and elegant, so I limited to rounds with the silver in between. She couldn't find a clasp she liked in our search around town, so I ordered one when we got back home. To make it sturdy given the weight of the beads, I used 25lb breaking-strain nylon-coated stainless steel wire. To keep the crimps at the end of the wire from pinching the hair on the back of the neck, I used silver crimp covers, which will loop easily onto the clasp when it arrives. More pictures on my blog:


Rhodonite, Silver, ZambaPro beading wire, clasp, crimp covers, crimp beads

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  1. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Oh my word. She will adore this! It’s both soft and bold at the same time. Very elegant and simple,and I think she could easily wear it dressy or casual. Your pattern is excellent to showcase both the silver and the beautiful stones..
    Thanks so much for posting what type of wire you used. That’s really helpful,as wire can drive you insane!! ;)
    Beautiful work!!

  2. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    Thanks. I posted the wire because I’ve had a *LOT* of experience dealing with broken / damaged wire thanks to my sister. When I give her jewelry, she wears it all the time in all sorts of conditions (to bed, teaching yoga, in the shower, etc.), so I had to find *something* that would hold up to her active lifestyle and various weather conditions. I use either ZambaPro or a similar nylon-coated, braided stainless steel wire. They can be hard to cut, but they’re very durable!

  3. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Rhodonite is really lovely and you picked some great stones. I am sure you Mom is going top love this. I have never tried Zambapro but exclusively use SoftFlex. I make a lot of heavy necklaces and need the durability Soft Flex offers. Never had any issues with it. And the colors they offer are endless. Here is their link if you want and every month they put different colors on sale:

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    Lovely colors I’m sure your mom will love it :D

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Gorgeous design and colors! I’m sure she will adore it!

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Excellent design! Perfect for a person who loves pink/rose! :)

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
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  8. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    @Katsallthat– yeah, I usually use SoftFlex. I’m currently out, so was using the ZambaPro because that’s what I had left. Both are excellent.

  9. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Pretty, soft colors! A classic design!

  10. Chicky Zee aka Alice
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