Reclaim, recycle, make – How an unassuming agate pendant turned into this stunning OOAK Necklace – 2nd in series

I’m delighted to show you the second in my series of one-of-a-kind gemstone necklaces! Have a look below at descriptions of this gorgeous piece and pictures of the making process.

With this necklace I first fell in love with the tiny red Carnelian beads and the stunning contrast of the delicate grass green Peridot. Finding a focal gem to match was a challenge as it is nearly impossible to come by large Peridot and large Carnelian was too strong for what I wanted. But recently I found this beautiful Imperial Jasper free-form cabochon: the red banding in the gentle yellow-green colour is simply perfect for these beads. It came as an unassuming finished pendant, but I think it was well worth giving it a new life in this new setting.

As with the first piece the back of the large setting provides an excellent canvas for some creative piercing and clever clasps. For this one the fine spherical beads and shape of the agate seemed to call for a more organic pattern and finish. I had a great time playing with finishes on this clasp – did you notice the little sparkle from the burnished edges and engraved lines? I’ve added some pictures of the work in progress, for those of you who are interested.

Pop into DesignYard in Dublin to try it on, or buy direct from my website.

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