Couldn't remember if I'd posted this particular set on the Showcase or not. Can't seem to locate it so am hoping....not. At any rate, this was my design for Easter this year. Everyone knows what a pearl fiend I am!(lol) The crystals are Swarovski padparadscha. The pearls came from my favorite LBS in Occoquon, VA. I do think the gold spacers I used gave it a delicate, lacy look.
If you look closely, the little "charm" is actually a locket in the shape of a Bible! I really love how the color combination turned out. Think I'll take it with me to TN. I hope you like it.
Very pretty, padparadscha is such a neat color. The wheels are starting to turn now that I see how well it pairs with pearls.
very pretty and delicate looking!
Ahhh, this is lovely, I really like the colors you´ve used here.
I'm so glad you all like it! I fell in love with those peach pearls when I saw them at Off the Beading Path in Occoquon. So of course, I had to have them. And I fell in love with Swarovski's padparadschas. It's such a juicy, citrus-y color, isn't it? It's perfect for my complexion. I don't know what it is, but I seem to be a bit obsessed with pearls at this time, so don't be surprised to see them playing a starring role in my future creations.
Thanks again for everyone's kind words.
Very cute earrings!
Aren't Swarovskis yummy?
Love the combination - just beautiful. So, just how do you pronounce "padparadschas"? I just refer to it as "pad" since I can't get my head around the pronunciation...but it is one of my favs. I did a very cool set using "pad" with hematite not too long ago. I love pearls too - now I guess I need to find some to match "pad".
Have fun in TN
Good idea to ask the Russian expert! It is a Russian word, and I'll sound it out for you phonetically: pahd(like father),per(like percentage), ahd(like father), and this is the tricky part, because there's no English equivalent to this Russian letter, schah(pronounced like father, but you have to put the "sch" before it). I love the rich coral color of it.
Michaels is having a sale on Swarovski crystals for 40% off. I went a bit nuts and got some Pacific opal bicones. I think they'll look lovely with the padparadschas. BTW, Swarovski is another word that is pronounced differently than it's spelled. The "W" is pronounced like a "V" and the "V" is pronounced like an "F." That's because in German and in all Slavic languages, Russian and Polish included, the letter W does not exist.
Can't wait! One more week to go. Can you imagine the kind of inspiration I'll get from Graceland? Whee! Maybe I'll make something inspired by the Jungle Room!(LOL)
PS here's that Russian letter: Щ
[pahd-puh-rah-zhuh Padparadscha sapphire is a special variety of gem corundum, featuring a delicate color that is a mixture of pink and orange – a marriage between ruby and yellow sapphire. The question of just what qualifies for the princely kiss of “padparadscha” is a matter of hot debate, even among experts.Today, padparadscha is narrowly defined by Western gemologists as a Sri Lankan sapphire of delicate pinkish orange color. But the original use of the term was somewhat different. Padparadscha is derived from the Sanskrit/Singhalese padmaraga, a color akin to the lotus flower (Nelumbo Nucifera ‘Speciosa’). Most lotus blossoms are far more pink than orange, and in ancient times, padmaraga was described as a subvariety of ruby (cf. the Hindu Garuda Purana). Today, some define the gem's color as a blend of lotus and sunset."