Sometimes when I go antiquing, I’ll find a box full of beads and it’ll be impossible to look through every single bead to examine their condition. My policy has always been, unless its extremely filthy (and even then sometimes), to take it in the hopes of finding treasure among the pile. More often than not, its paid off. One such box I bought awhile back in Paris, yielded a couple of nice looking beads though nothing extraordinary but in this same box, I found a pile of crystal studded rondelles. Now I love rondelles. There’s nothing more fun than adding them to a necklace or bracelet. These rondelles however were not in pristine condition.
Upon closer inspection, each of them was missing a crystal or two. I suppose whoever owned them deemed it too troublesome to replace the crystals and discarded them. It got me thinking about the beads I collect. Most of the beads I collect have travelled a long way before ending up with me and they all show signs of wear. I like to think that my beads wear their travels proudly and adds history to every piece I create. Certainly, there are some that are too worn and shabby and these go to a box that I keep as study material. Unless they break or shatter, I never throw anything away.
Now, I had these crystal rondelles which, apart from a missing crystal or two, were otherwise still in great condition. Its a wonder that they aren’t missing more crystals as these date back to the late 30s. Why should I discard them? So I’ve been holding on to them, wondering what I could do with them. I thought for the longest time that I should replace the missing pieces but then, they would no longer be original to the piece and I’m not certain to find the right size or color to replace the missing ones.
Fast forward to today –Its a warm sunny day in November and I thought its time to make something pretty with these rondelles. Now, it isn’t going to be for someone who is looking for something completely perfect but rather for someone who sees beauty in imperfections. After all, none of us is every truly perfect but each of us is beautiful in our imperfections.