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Turquoise and Lapis Necklace

by swiftriverarts , June 27, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: necklaces healing properties

I began as a jewelry artist, nearly 20 years ago. One of my students from long ago made jewelry which was lovely, and I thought to myself "I bet I can do that!" Soon, every corner of my house was filled with beads. I found beading to be a calming, centering activity in the midst of a chaotic divorce, and it continues to be a therapeutic oasis for me. Eventually I began selling the jewelry, dragging my young sons to craft fairs. I have beads that I've been carrying around with me for nearly as long as I've been beading, waiting for the "right" necklace to appear around the bead.

In the years since, I've taught classes on making beaded jewelry, and continue to dive into my bead stash. I'm beginning to experiment with mixed media art, and expect that someday soon some of my beads will be making their appearance on paintings.

I am a self-described "bead snob" and prefer to work mostly with natural materials such as genuine semiprecious stones, or shells, and glass beads. As a Reiki Master Teacher, I also believe in the healing power of stones, and jewelry often "comes together" based on the healing properties of particular stones.

Genuine turquoise pendant accented with turquoise and lapis beads, silver-plated spacer beads. The toggle clasp has the word "create" engraved on it. The pendant is 2" long, the necklace length is 24.

I've posted a few other necklaces in the jewelry section of my gallery, and will posting more as I go along.

Thanks, once again, for reading my blog, and looking at my work. To see other jewelry I've made, visit




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