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Silver Smoke

About this design:

A friend accompanied me on my last visit to the local GemFaire. She fell in love with these huge (18-20mm) silver quartz rondelles and wanted me to design a formal necklace for her. With the assistance of several other shoppers, we settled on the faceted smoky quartz as a pairing. I add sterling beads as accent and smaller smooth smoky quartz as separators. Here's the final result.

Then, the earrings--here are two options for y'all to vote on. Which is the better design--weighty smoky quartz faceted nugget on top or on bottom?


Silver Quartz faceted rondelles, smoky Quartz faceted side-drilled nuggets, sterling coil beads and toggle clasp (not shown), Smoky Quartz smooth rondelles.

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  1. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    I like the quartz on the bottom and i love the color combination of this necklace I would be very happy with it!!

  2. Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick says:

    very cool! Love that silver quartz!

  3. Travelin Chick-marlene
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  4. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    You’ve created a gorgeous piece here Science Chick. I vote for the quartz on the bottom for the earrings. Gives them more balance.

  5. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Gayle, this necklace is gorgeous — your friend is sure to love it!!! While both pairs of earrings are beautiful, I feel the second pair (with the quartz on the bottom) looks more balanced. :D

  6. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oops, I meant to say the first pair…..sorry!

  7. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    This is a gorgeous set! 8O Your friend is going to love it! I like the earrings with the quartz on the bottom, as well. ;)

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    Reet says:

    BEAUTIFUL necklace !!!!

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    Orchid Betty says:

    Gorgeous necklace! Both of the earrings are beautiful, it is difficult to choose between them, but if I have to vote, it will be the one with the quarts on the bottom!

  10. JulzJewlz
    JulzJewlz says:

    Very nice! Your friend is a lucky woman! I like the earrings with the quartz on the bottom.

  11. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Beautiful necklace! I like the quartz on the bottom.

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Ah…your voting is definitely showing a trend. My friend had said she wanted the quartz with a silver bead below. But, I was uncomfortable with that design. So, I made the ones with the quartz on the bottom and gave her the choice.

    Drum roll, please. She picked the earrings with the quartz on the bottom.

  13. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oh, Gayle — that is just toooooo funny!!! ROTFLOL 8O

  14. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    TA DA – Lima Beaders consensus prevails…..
    Do we not have impecable taste, or what???

  15. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    We do indeed! :D

  16. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Beautiful necklace Gayle! 8O And I just love both pairs of the earrings!

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    POF Chick Nina says:

    Beautiful beads and design. The earrings are nice both ways. My preference is with the quartz on the bottom.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Gorgeous love the quatz on the bottom!

  19. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    It looks great! those sterling coil beads were just what it needed.

  20. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    Fabulous! I love both pairs too!

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Thanks for all your compliments. I, too, love the silver quartz. I now own all the leftovers. Am thinking what to do with those monster SQ.

    One or a few are going to be mine–possibly the mixed with amethyst (my favorite gem) or ruby (my birthstone).

  22. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Gorgeous! For the earrings, quartz on the bottom :-)

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    LeighAnn F says:

    Beautiful necklace! Love both pairs of earrings!

  24. leafy river
    leafy river says:

    Great combination of beads- and a beautiful necklace!

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Stunning, and gorgeous! I adore this set!

    I am, however, going to buck the trend – I like the quartz on top(I also like my teardrops hanging down rather than up) – I think it’s a leaner look, and I’ll do anything that makes me leaner! LOL!

  26. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is a very pretty set, and picked out some wonderful stones..

  27. Green Eyed Lady Chick
    Green Eyed Lady Chick says:

    Stunning set, love the silver quartz with the smokey quartz!!!

  28. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Wow this is a really beauty!!

  29. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Very pretty necklace … and looks like we all agreed (quartz on the bottom!!) SLS

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    What a hoot! My friend is going to wear this set as part of “Dress Cowboy.” She’s going to a conference next week in Texas and the big gala has that theme. I finished it just in time!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Stunning statement piece. I am going to have to be different too I like the one with the chunky quartz on top and the open silver work bead below. That one sort of accents the smokey quartz more and doesn’t look as heavy. These are very large earrings in appearance. Hard to tell without knowing the porportion. I am glad your friend chose the one she liked best after all she is the one to please.

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Faith–You’re right they are very big earrings. The smoky quartz nugget is almost an inch long.
    Faith and Sue–I’ve come to really like the quartz on top earrings that are now part of my stocks.

    The quartz on the bottom truly complemented my friend’s face. The weight at the bottom falling at the chin and upward triangular shape worked best with her longish oval face.

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