Beaded Jewelry: Something Old, Something New

One thing about beaded jewelry fascinates me, and that is what's new is also what's old.  I guess it's the same for fashion in general, but beaded work certainly.

I've mentioned that I've been haunting the vintage costume jewelry auctions on ebay, looking for both vintage jewelry and for inspiration.  I'm amazed at home some seed bead jewelry from the 40's and 50's looks like some of the lovely work I see today.

Seed bead jewelry often gets a bad rap; somehow it's seen as inferior.  Maybe because the beads are so tiny? Let me tell you, it certainly hasn't been that way in the past!  I've seen loads of gorgeous vintage jewelry that have seed beads are a good portion of their make up.

I also have gotten a chuckle out of larger beads in general.  There are oceans of pretty beaded "strung" jewelry from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Nothing fancy, just pretty beads, albeit usually in double or triple strand necklaces.

And I somehow got the impression that memory wire bracelets were a recent invention.  Nope, I've seen flocks of wrap bracelets go by in the auctions.  Not to mention some of the costume jewelry books.

Beaded Necklace With Pendant (Un-named as yet)

Beaded Necklace With Pendant (Click to Enlarge)


Yep, what goes around, comes around.  Any way you look at it, beaded jewelry in one form or another is here to stay!

Something New, Inspired By Something Old

I finally finished the pendant/necklace that I started during the previous post.  The project took on a life of its own, and grew from a pin to a pendant to a full triple-strand necklace with pendant.  It was at one point (if you can believe it) even more elaborate, but then I decided to back off on some of the extras.

I'm wearing it now, to check the comfort level, which I find useful before trying to make other similar projects.

Because it's a test piece, I didn't go all out with supplies.  While the turquoise and Swarovski are real, a lot of the rest are "fakes".  I do have some sterling silver beads in this piece, but some of the silver is suspect (might be sterling or it might not -- hadn't labeled them well enough).

But I did find this project to be fun.  I find that I enjoy a more vintage look, and it's fun to try and re-create it using beads.

Speaking of beads, here are some lampwork offerings now showing on ebay (no, none are mine...these are just pretties).  (You can also see a [nmslink:lampwork beads sra blue,more complete listing here].

Art Insomnia SUNSHINE 21 Handmade Lampwork Beads SRA
Art Insomnia SUNSHINE 21 Handmade Lampwork Beads SRA
$75.00
Time Remaining: 17h 1m
Bastets Beads SALE Frond Egg Focal Handmade Artisan Lampwork SRA
Bastets Beads SALE Frond Egg Focal Handmade Artisan Lampwork SRA
$16.00
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $16.00
Quinlan Glass Genie Wishes Handmade Lampwork Disc Glass Beads SRA
Quinlan Glass Genie Wishes Handmade Lampwork Disc Glass Beads SRA
$48.50
Time Remaining: 19h 5m
Belvedere lampwork owl bead sra DeniseAnnette 32mm 3 32nd copper mesh
Belvedere lampwork owl bead sra DeniseAnnette 32mm 3 32nd copper mesh
$35.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 17h 37m
Art Insomnia SEA SPRITE 31 Handmade Lampwork Beads SRA
Art Insomnia SEA SPRITE 31 Handmade Lampwork Beads SRA
$75.00
Time Remaining: 17h 3m

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