Sunday, January 09, 2005

Tiger Eye, Lapis, Amethyst, Rose Quartz & Pearl Twist Necklaces

The one word which most captures the fashion spirit of 2005 is eclectic. Elegant and more ordinary fabrics are meant to be mixed in outfits: jeans pair with velvets and silks, cashmere with tweed, heavy wool with thin silk. So too with jewelry: the mix of different gems, as opposed to a matched set, is the look to create.

Tiger Eye, Pearl and Gold Bead Multi-Row Necklace

Multi-row necklaces composed of a mix of pearl and tiger eye, or amethyst rose quartz, and gold beads, or black onyx and white pearl held with a mother-of-pearl and onyx clasp, or lapis and pearl, are just a few examples of electic gem mixes.

Amethyst, Biwa Pearl and Gold Bead Necklace

Consider creating gem mixes based on shape or color, rather than gem type. In this way, amethyst earrings might be worn with a lavender jade bracelet. A tiger eye, pearl and gold necklace might be worn with gold and green jade earrings.

Multi-Strand Lapis lazuli and Pearl Necklace

Multi-strand Necklaces: The Bib Necklace

Multi-row or multi-strand pearl necklaces or bead necklaces are a striking accessory.

The bib necklace is a type of multi-strand necklace. In the bib necklace, the strands are graduated to create a smooth row of pearls or beads, or a combination of pearls and beads. Depending on the size of the beads or pearls, and the number of rows, the bib may range in size and may cover an expanse as large as 5". Often a focal point of the bib is an eye-catching clasp which may double as a frontpiece.

Depending on the bead size, bib necklaces look best directly on the skin, or on smooth light fabric which neither competes with the necklace nor hampers it from lying flat.

5-Row Rose Akoya Pearl Bib Necklace
with 14K Enamel Frontpiece

7-Row Blue Lapis lazuli Bib Necklace with
14K Gold Serpent Front

4-Row Red Coral Bib Necklace with 14K Coral Cab Clasp