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Rose Quartz Surprise

About this design:

Fellow upcycle fans will appreciate this. I had a very long Rose Quartz necklace from the 1990's that I didn't wear very often. It was long and weighed a ton! After rinsing the beads,voila! Pretty White Quartz,ha ha ha.
I was happy,as I wanted some to team up with this lovely shade of soft blue African Glass from Lima. This simple design represents the ocean,and the white salt foam. The Azul color is wonderful! It looks like aquamarines from the sea.


White Quartz 10MM,and 4MM,TierraCast Rhodium (plated) Nugget Heishi 5mm,and African Recycled Glass Azul Tumbled Round 10-14mm from Lima.

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Nancy, this is a gorgeous bracelet! I like the idea of recycling old pieces that are no longer worn. This is a simple design, but with the colors and beads it is so elegant.

  2. kye
    kye says:

    I always love your bracelets. They’re simple but beautiful! Love that touch of blue. I really like how you photographed it too. The texture behind the bracelet really sets off those smooth beads.

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Just fantastic, I have few of those African beads, need to start using them, thanks for the reminder :D

  4. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Thanks for the comments ladies. I’ve been wearing this in the hot weather and love the cold smooth beads against my skin. I agree the Arican glass is yummy!
    I think the reason people like the simple designs is that the rhodium spacers class them up. They’re my fav spacer beads. So reasonably priced, but they look super.
    Grab some if you haven’t already! :)

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    What a lovely combination!! Don’t you just “love” those “colored” gemstones that sometimes aren’t???? ;) I have the same rhodium spacers and I also like the spark they give to pieces!

  6. A Rozmin
    A Rozmin says:

    I like how you stabilized the big blue bead with those small quartz beads. Clever girl!

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    A good thing the color came off in the wash, and not on your neck!! :-P
    Incredibly sized for a long necklace, but just right here. Looks perfectly cool :-)

  8. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Thanks again,chicks. I’m glad I cleaned them,and didn’t sell a pink bracelet to someone.
    How embarrassing. :+(
    A Rozmin,you made me laugh. I actually got such a thrill when the smaller beads were a perfect fit. It’s like a stealth op,when you’re looking for something to fit in those gaps..ha ha. ;) )

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!! Those White Quartz beads paired with the Azul recycled glass is fabulous! The sound of ocean waves, a small glass of wine…soothing to the soul! :)

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Thanks, Crystal C. Ahhh the shallow end without the sharkies.

  11. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Elegant simplicity – you’ve captured it!

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    Fresh Baked says:

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying your new, improved up cycled bracelet! May I ask what you cleaned the beads with that removed the color?

  13. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    So classic. Beautiful.

  14. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Thanks again,ladies. FB,all I did was rinse them in water with a few drops of dish liquid. Never wore the necklace often enough to notice color on my skin.It was pretty,but so heavy that it would bang against my collar bone,when I bent over. ;+/
    (Triple strand)
    I’m talking about the thing as if it passed away,ha ha ha!

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    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    It reminds me of ice…cool ice. Ahhh, we could use some of that in the AZ desert right now! I love your pairing of the recycled glass and quartz. I too have some of that glass, but have yet to use it. Ideas, ideas….thank you Nancy! Beautiful bracelet!

  16. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Really beautiful and graceful Nancy, it seems very dreamy to me, if you know what I mean! Like you could just look into the beads and drift away somewhere nice ! Very pretty, I love it!

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