Since it sure looks like Christmas outside, I figured this was as good a time as any to post the second half of what I was able to get completed and off my work table between Christmas and New Years. (Clicking on any photo will bring up a larger version.)
Designer Cabochons in England, as are all of the stone cabochons that I use. I stumbled on their website several years ago and LOVE their cabochons. They always have unique stones and fossils, with quite a few from vintage slabs. Vintage and stone, two of my most favorite things!
I used a combination of seed beads to create the bezel and pendant embellishment because I wanted to keep the setting on the simple side. I like the combination of the 11/0s and 15/0s in the bail too. I'm an admitted pearl lover so seem to include pearls in almost all of my pieces. In this case, I used the pearl coins as separators in the tubular Ndebele necklace and top drilled pearls as accents to the fringe.
The surrounding fringe is a little on the wild side, but the colors are muted and don't (in my opinion anyway) take away or over power the beauty of this stone. I used a combination of seed beads and a couple of different colors of faceted Czech glass beads. I had exactly 12 of the little mottled red glass squares so used them to accent the red band in the stone and as highlights in the strung necklace.
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