Shan Shui Pearl
My "Shan Shui Pearl" necklace takes its name from the lentil-shaped glass focal bead, made by lampwork artisan Molly Cooley of Wind Swept Tree Glass Art. She used a specialized technique to cause a reactionary effect--which happily turned out quite reminiscent of "mountain water" scenery found in traditional Chinese Shan Shui ink paintings--all set against a pearlescent background in layers of creamy translucent glass.
I sought to draw forth the black details and subtle pearlescent colors by pairing it with natural fossil agate beads, faux hematite spacers, Swarovski crystals, 3mm "figure 8" Sterling Silver chain (antiqued), adorned with a magnificently eye-catching silver-tone antiqued wing pendent paved with sparkly Aurora Borealis rhinestones.
This necklace is 23 inches long (plus nearly eight additional inches of drape to the wing-tips), and closes in the front with an asymmetrically placed Swarovski crystal silver-tone antiqued toggle clasp. It drapes beautifully with the wings extending beyond the sternum to just below the bust line.
Please view all the photos, as the glass colors do change depending on the light source, making it difficult to provide a good and fair representation in a single photo.