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Description from Jogi: Someone inspired me to look at my bead stash and find my smoky quartz! Having done that I needed ideas to pair it with. It looks brown and drab but I assure you, the inspiration was all lights and noise! Any other ideas would be really helpful!


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  1. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Jogi, I love your mix of shiny and matte, with the added texture some add. It’s a successful pick in my opinion, and I think it’s a future POD!

  2. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    What a beautiful collection to go with smoky quartz! Brown can be your neutral in the fall. I’m sure you’ll find perfect combination!

  3. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I agree that this is a future POD. I kept looking at it and was so inspired but didn’t know why. I love smokey quartz. I made something once years ago when I first started but thinking back it wasn’t bery interesting. It needs variety and this pick illustrates all that variety depending on your personal choices.

  4. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Jogi, your pick is anything BUT brown and drab! With all the faceted beads plus bronze, you would have a piece that catches the light and thus catches the eyes of the beholder. I love those Greek Bronze Sun and Olive beads. Give them and the swallow a gentle buffing with a polishing cloth to bring up a sheen, and you’d have some nice accents or focals.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Mmmmm…..makes me think of CHOCOLATE! Nothing drab about that. ;-)
    Ditto Kathryn, it’s amazing what a wee bit of buffing does to brighten up metal findings.

  6. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Thanks for the tip. Any special type of polishing cloth?

  7. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Thank you so much!!!!! I really appreciate your comments! Now I need to get to work before I go to bed! I never realized that I could spice up the smoky quartz. It has that gray smoke tinge to it and it is hard to match with. Is a SELVYT cloth one that I could use to hit the bronze or brass? I have one of those that I have had for other metals. Mainly used it as a finishing cloth with my own silver jewelry.

  8. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    These are what I pulled out to work with. I really need the metal dangles to add.

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  9. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Ooh! Wow, what a wealth of luscious beads and such! Great start on the necklace. Nancy and Jogi, I have used a SELVYT cloth on golds, coppers, brasses and bronze, especially when I want to be careful if they are *plated.* Otherwise, you polish OFF the plating. I also use Sunshine cloth on bronze, copper, brass and gold, but GENTLY if they are plated.

  10. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    Jogi, your necklace is great so far, with an excellant choice of beads.

  11. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Kathryn R, I need to get some of the sunshine cloths. I have resisted but realize that everyone that I know who uses them, highly recommends them! Thank you for your clarification about the different metals and whether or not they are plated.

    Stingray, thank you. I have too much stash of gemstones and not enough of the metals that I think really help in putting together a piece that is well rounded! And, right now I love the bronzes.

  12. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    I am thinking of doing some of the beads in segments, with bronze wire and using dangles around them. Now to get focused on what I think will work. My cube/tube vintage smoky quartz seems to be a great around the back of the neck stone. I will keep you all updated!

  13. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Thank you all for all of your help!

  14. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I experimented years ago with bringing bronzite and just the right shade of purple. And then much more recently I added copper. Adding spacers of your choice would be a fun thing to do as well. Someone here was right when they said, a lot of it is your personal choice.

    For example, to start over, you could add carnelian to what browns you choose. And then some copper or bronze would give it an extra special touch. So have fun and make a variety of picks choosing whatever you eyes find most interesting.

  15. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    PS: I forgot to mention that I find this pick you created to be very eye catching indeed and POD worthy.

  16. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    GN, I thought about the carnelian as I looked at the photos after you mentioned it. They may be a good addition. Can I ask what color purple you put with the bronzite? I need to pull out the copper and see what it does in this. I had to put everything away to clear a path so we could get my daughter through in her chair. She goes out rarely now but today was an exception, for appointments. Now I have to pull out the main strands and then look for the copper and carnelian. I am still trying to figure out if I like the square beads in this or do I need to find a different way to do it.

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    MH says:

    In Colorado smoky quartz is mined with amazonite. Right next to each other. Clusters of both are sold at gem shows for a lot of money.

  18. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    MH, I would love to see that! I didn’t realize they grew so close together. Do you have any photos?

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