So, today I made two pieces. The first is with a beautiful heart lampworked bead from RachelBeads (by Rachel Goetz). I looked for her website but it doesn't seem to be working. I bought the lampworked bead at the Bellevue Beadery in Kentucky, which has undergone a change and no longer sells loose beads (only jewelry) and Rachel was at the last Intergalactic Bead Show in Cincinnati. I like the simplicity of her 'kits' that are simple silver spacers to go with her more detailed and beautiful lampworked heart and flower beads. Click here for some of the only information I could find online about the artist.
A friend who got me into the craziness of the beading world actually made me a necklace with one of these beads in the past. And I was happy to find the beads at the store and really liked the multitude of colors she offers. Such pretty hearts! I kept the necklace simple to highlight the focal bead. 3 strands of purplish seed beads braided.
The second necklace comes from my bead hoard of gemstones. I really like gemstones but don't generally like to make expensive looking jewelry - I generally wear workout clothes most days. So, the beads stay in my drawer. And my favorite gemstone is tourmaline. I've purchased both really nice tourmaline and really cheap tourmaline - what a difference. This necklace is made with glistening, very nice stones that I got at one of the first bead shows I went to. The internal shiny striations of the briolettes are just gorgeous in the light. Even the small disc tourmaline is crystal clear and so colorful.