Wedding Jewelry


I’m amazed at how easily this jewelry set came together yesterday afternoon. I always tend to overthink things and try a million different ways of putting the beads together before a piece is finished. In other words, I doubt myself and my vision. Last night I was watching the movie “The Last Samurai” and there was a part where Tom Cruise’s character is learning hand to hand combat with the Samurai warriors in their village. He keeps getting defeated and then his friend says that he has “too much mind” and that he should have “no mind” in his approach. Well, of course it worked in the movie but there is much wisdom in that “no mind” philosophy, I think. Just get into the moment, let go of all of the thoughts that normally race through your head and just let it flow.

I created a 16″ necklace with matching bracelet and earrings using 4mm “Golden Shadow” Swarovski bicone crystal beads and cream freshwater pearls with tiny gold seed bead spacers. The pendant is an unusually cut “Golden Shadow” Swarovski crystal.

I made a simple loop bail using pearl and gold seed beads. The clasp on both the necklace and the bracelet is a gold lobster claw clasp. For these photos, I laid out the jewelry on my dress so you can see the material and how it matches (I hope!).

The wedding ceremony itself is being held outside. Thunderstorms swept through our area about 5 am this morning but it looks like it is clearing up now. Hopefully, the weather will be beautiful for their special day!


13 comments on “Wedding Jewelry

  1. Amanda says:

    wow, it’s beautiful! hope the wedding goes smoothly ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait to hear about it.

  2. Frivolitea says:

    The jewelry is beautiful!

  3. Jacqui says:

    hope the wedding went well

  4. nina says:

    the jewelry is beeeeeautiful! even if it did (does) rain, the bride will be as radiant as sunshine in those jewels. x

  5. artandtea says:

    Thanks Jacqui, it was a lovely day!

    Thanks Nina! The jewels were actually for the mother of the groom – me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. dorasexplorations says:

    Beautiful necklace, Karen ! I know what you mean about overthinking a design…That’s a major reason why so many of my canes and polymer beads don’t make it into a finished piece of jewelry..Sometimes it is better to ‘just do it’ ! BTW, I’m glad you had a lovely day at the wedding !

  7. artandtea says:

    Thanks Dora. It’s amazing what we can get accomplished when we “just do it”! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Acey says:

    so pretty. “no mind” usually does work really well just as soon as we get it enough to step out of the way …

  9. artandtea says:

    Thanks Acey. So true. We can get in our own way.

  10. Steph W says:

    Wow – that is spectacular!

  11. artandtea says:

    Thanks for your kind feedback, Steph!

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