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Shades of Sapphire

About this design:

These sapphire blue glass beads from Afganistan have been in my mind for some time. Each one is a slightly different shade of blue, rough cut and varying sizes, (Carol, I know that you'll love the colors in this one!) and the holes in them are HUGE.

They are paired with some Bali beaded bracelets that I knotted and twisted to become part of the focal (when is a bracelet not a bracelet??!), from which some large hill tribe silver links are hung and suspended from the bracelets, and a lampwork focal with three shades of blue/cornflower blue completed the focal pendant with vermeil, hill tribe silver, pearls and calcedony. The glass focal pendant is less 'brown' than the pictures make it look.

The body of the necklace is knotted on black waxed cotton cord (sometimes double knots needed to be tied due to the size of the bead holes) and also includes deep navy blue lampwork glass teardrops, hill tribe silver, vermeil, blue opal heshi, pearls and calcedony.


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  1. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Another new and very interesting design from you, Shannon! I can see you have been busy this weekend! This is gorgeous! Did you make the “bracelets” yourself?

  2. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    WOW Shannon this is so unique and creative. Love it.

  3. Frida
    Frida says:

    Ladylike and cool design :D

  4. amkcreations aka Amanda
    amkcreations aka Amanda says:

    Wow, very cool. Beautiful colors.

  5. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Stunning!!! Love all the shades of blue!!

  6. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Lovely necklace and I like the name too!

  7. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Wow the blue glass is so pretty, I love the hand tied cord with the works..

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    love to bead aka Donna says:

    Gorgeous piece

  9. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Love the many shades of blue in this beautiful design, Shannon!

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Shannon, you always create such unique pieces! Love those blue glass beads and the lampwork focal. And so innovative to use those bali bracelets for special interest! Very cool, and of course, stunning piece! :D

  11. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    All these blues go together so well; the pearls and silver are nice ‘sparks’ amongst the blues.

  12. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thank you all … I actually didn’t make the Bali bracelets (too many seed beads for me!). SLS

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    Copper Penny says:

    So inventive and creative, I really like this and the colors are so rich.

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    This is gorgeous, Shannon, and such an interesting design! I would never have thought to use bracelets as part of a design like this, but you used them to perfection! :D

  15. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Beautiful, Shannon! :D

  16. Violet
    Violet says:

    Beautiful !!! Very creative !!!

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