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"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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  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:


  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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