Well, it’s official! Dear Husband and I locked in the apartment that we wanted, so around mid-April we’ll be moving. I’m super excited; we’ll have more space, save a TON on rent, and to top it all off, I’ll have my own little worktable and beading space in front of the sun room window! I’ll be sure to post pictures when it’s all set up.
This weekend I wanted to focus on something bright and colorful as an antidote to all of the cold winter weather we’ve been getting. (There’s freezing rain falling outside right now.) Nothing makes me feel warmer than lots of bright color, and February’s birthstone makes a perfect candidate: amethyst! From the paler hues of Cape amethysts to the deep purples that look as if they could have come from a Roman emperor’s toga, there are so many beautiful designs out there.
First off, we have a simple but lovely asymmetrical necklace. I love the way that the roughness of the amethyst point contrasts with the delicacy of the overall piece.
Next up, we have a fun and lovely use for amethyst chips. They have knotted between each chip to space them out, but I can’t help wondering what a similar piece might look like crocheted with cord or wire. And what if you used different shades of amethyst? You could even play around with an ombre effect.
Another great use for amethyst chips, this one is a lovely wire-wrapping project. I’ve been seeing more and more tree pendants lately, and I really like this one’s frame/bail shape. The oxidized copper wire also contrasts really well with the pale purple leaves.
With this next wirework pendant, I was blown away by all of the intricate wire coiling. Whoever has the patience to coil wire so evenly has my admiration! Plus, this is a great way to highlight a single yummy leftover brio.
Last up in the wirework category for the week is a lovely amethyst earring and earcuff combination. What a brilliant use for a lightwweight stamping! I was also really inspired by the swags and dangles of chain; the effect they create is gorgeous and I really want to try something along these lines with a bunch of my leftover garnet odds and ends:
Next up is my favorite piece of the week, a multistrand combination of freshwater pearls and deep purple amethyst points. Thick, fluffy, and yummy — this is something that I’d enjoy wearing over and over again. Plus, just think of all of the possible variations with the different types of quartz out there these days:
Last up is a budget-busting showstopper. I really like the use of amethyst brios to highlight a truly stunning focal. (Yes, that pendant is amethyst too; could you imagine being able to create with those kinds of resources?) The different shapes and sizes of the brios in each cluster are what really make the effect for me; there’s such a high level of texture in each cluster that my eye is drawn to them even more than the pendant:
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel an itch to dive into my purple bead bin and see what I can come up with! Purples of every color make such a nice antidote to the white monochrome winter blahs; they make me think of crocuses and springtime. Not to mention that when I wear those deep purples, there’s a part of me that can’t help but feel a connection to those long-ago Roman empresses… I hope that you’re inspired to treat yourself royally this weekend; happy beading!