Other Items I make
Treasures from the Sea
In spite of the fact that I live in a land-locked area, I am always fascinated by the lovely iridescent products of the sea. Freshwater
pearls come in a wide variety of subtle colors and interesting shapes. And I have found a stash of lovely old abalone and mother-of-pearl buttons
with wonderful colors that make great jewelry;
Button, button... I really love the colors
and the iridescence of these vintage mother-of-pearl buttons and buckles.
The gray seems to show up the iridescence so nicely.
These are connected by hand-forged sterling silver links into a chain about 24 inches
long, and accented with freshwater pearls. Priced at $179.95.
Delicious... is the only way to describe the fabulous blue and green iridescence on this piece of vintage
abalone shell. It is wrapped in sterling silver and accented with freshwater pearls in complimentary shades.
About 2 inches long, suspended from a 36 inch leather cord whose length can be adjusted to show off the pendant to best advantage. $69.95.
Lovely white iridescent stick pearls ring the neck, with a handmade
sterling silver toggle clasp using a vintage button and one of the pearls for
the toggle, to show off front and center, making it easier to fasten.
Pearls are strung on silk and hand-knotted, about 22 inches long. Priced at $79.95. I love these freshwater stick pearls, and
sometimes have similar necklaces and earrings in other colors, with sterling clasps,
Cock of the Walk.
This fabulous piece of abalone shell was broken, but the colors
were so gorgeous that I had to clean it up and make this spectacular
pendant. It reminded me of a bird, so I forged the sterling silver to accent that impression. As you can tell from the
pictures, both sides of the piece are equally stunning. About 3 x 4 inches. The chain is made of heavy sterling silver figure 8
links connected by abalone beads, and is about 24 inches long. Abalone bead earrings included. $229.95.
Black Beauty. Gorgeous black iridescent stick pearls alternate with smaller pearls
to fan out beautifully around your neck. Hand-knotted on silk, about
20 inches long. Sterling silver S hook clasp. $79.95.
Moon dreams. Hot
pink freshwater pearls hand-knotted on silk, with "melted metal">© fused silver accents create an unusual necklace, about 22 inches
long. The center piece looked like the moon behind some clouds to me - what does it look like to you? $69.95
Pearl earrings. For something different in the way of pearl earrings, consider
these sterling silver squiggles accented with freshwater pearls. Priced at $34.95. Several styles of squiggle can be trimmed with
your choice of freshwater pearls.
"Sea Treasures" pendants. I love working with the fabulous vintage abalone and mother-of-pearl
buttons. Accented with sterling silver waves and multi-colored fresh-water
pearls, these almost let you hear the ocean washing the shore. These are stunning on a simple silver chain or
a strand of pearls. Priced from $44.95 to $99.95, in sizes
from 1 to 3 inches in diameter. The shell is $79.95. Each pendant is handmade, and will
be unique. Similar pendants are available with white or gray mother-of-pearl buttons and freshwater pearls
or stone beads, $34.95 - 59.95. Shown, garnets on white button, $44.95. You may
specify the main color of pearl or stone desired if you like, or I will send you the prettiest one I have.
Vintage button earrings. While playing around with
the vintage buttons and sterling silver, I came up with these earrings.
Top left, mother-of-pearl buttons with freshwater pearls, $34.95.
Top right, engraved buttons, $29.95. Bottom left, green snail button with emeralds,
$49.95. SOLD. Bottom
right, abalone with fresh-water pearls, $64.95. All with sterling silver "French hook" ear wires.
Each pair is hand-crafted, so styles may vary...
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