Posts Tagged ‘French beads’

Pretty new things for Monday

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Hello friends, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Are you all excited about the new week’s possibilities? I finished some of the pieces I started last week and I’m excited to show you all what’s new this week.I love working with filigree elements. There’s something timelessly pretty about them.  I’m fortunate enough to have filigree elements from the 40s/50s and this week’s jewelry features them.

First up is this long green themed necklace.  The two focal beads are what I like to call crackle glass, they look almost like they have ice in them and they are a lovely mint green shade. I love dangles on a necklace and I think it goes really well with the filigree in the middle.  The beads are all vintage from the 50s.

My collection is not complete without earrings and this week features twin pairs.  The first pair features Italian red wedding cake beads from the beginning of the 20th century.  Don’t you just love the trailings on these beads?

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And I also have a blue pair of wedding cake beads, also from the beginning of the 20th century.  I love the filigree dangle on this one, its from the early 50s.

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I also made some bracelets and wouldn’t you know it, I stuck to the pink palette with the exception of one. I know, I know, I promise to start making bracelets in other colors the next time!

This first bracelet is a simple one featuring a lovely filigree element and two red crystal shaped beads.  I had a few of these filigree links that I had used on a necklace but for some reason, I found a last one at the bottom of one of my bead boxes. I couldn’t figure out how to use it since it was all by itself, till I realized that it was perfect as a focal piece!

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And here come the pink bracelets.  In my defense, they’re all various shades of pink.

There’s this one in frosted matt shades and shapes.  The long rectangular beads are Bohemian beads from the 50s while the others are French glass beads.20140407-095619.jpg

There’s a super simple one for those days when you just want to put something pretty on your wrist and be on your way.

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And finally here is one in all shades of delicate blush. I love the color blush, there’s something really fresh and delicate about it.

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Eh voila! Now tell me, which one is your favorite?

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One more for the show

| New pieces

Before I pack everything away in preparation for tomorrow’s early start, I wanted to share one more piece that I just finished. I’m always a little anxious before a show hence the rush to finish new pieces. I’m quite happy with how this turned out. The clover is a vintage charm from the 50s and the little glass rosettes come from France from the 50s as well.

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Throwback Thursday

| Throwback Thursday

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Hello friends, today on Throwback Thursday post, I wanted to feature this pretty pair of black and white earrings. Black and white is one of those really classic combinations that never go out of style. So I wanted to make my own version of this classic. I love how these black beads have little white pearls running all around its middle. These beads were made in France in the early part of the 1900s. And just to make it even prettier, I decided to add pretty white glass pearls to this pair!

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Jewelry Post Day 2

| Etsy, New pieces

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Hello friends, you might have noticed from the title that this is a jewelry post. I was just thinking after I wrote my post yesterday that I’ve never done a complete week of posting just on the jewelry. I thought it might be interesting to do that so this week is De Petites Merveilles jewelry week on the blog!

I think all my beads are special but these ones have a little extra oomph to them. They were made in France in the late 20s/early 30s by an old jewelry house that just happened to make their own beads.  At that time, semi-precious stones were very expensive and hard to come by. So a lot of glass makers (including those in Italy and Bohemia) took to making glass versions.  These ones right here were made to resemble carnelians.  What makes them really pretty is the ring of little white glass pearls that run all along the middle of the bead.  As you can see from the photos, the white beads are not all completely regular which indicates that they were probably put their by hand by the glass makers.  In time the glass versions of stones became even more popular than the actual stones themselves!!

I’m extremely happy to have found enough beads to make two pieces.  And they are now available in the Etsy shop!!

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