Anyhoo, I was planning to do this little show and tell last week. But I didn't have the time. Let's take a closer look at Oriental Treasure shall we? My multi layered pearl necklace. :)
This particular design is close to my heart because this was the very first jewelry piece I have ever made. And it was also this piece that led me to create djaDesigns.
It's my shop's second year anniversary this May and I thought what better way to celebrate this than to create the necklace which started it all!
I can't find the inspiration for this piece anymore. But I'm pretty sure it was from a wedding planner website. I saw this beautiful pearl necklace that one bride was wearing and was instantly smitten by it. :) Back then I didn't know anything about beading or making jewelry, but I decided to give it a try anyway.
And here it is. The one you see now is a bit different from the first version. The reason? Well, can't seem to find the exact same beads anymore. But I followed the original design closely and to be honest, I think this looks better than the first one. :)
First off, the locks and overall finish of the new piece is better. :) Yay! I guess I learned a lot the past two years. Back then, I used silver findings with antique toned connectors and locks. And although it is not wrong to do so (hey, beading is an art! you can do whatever you want!) I think using the same colored crimp beads, beading wire, jumprings and locks will be better for the overall look of the whole necklace. :)
Although it looks white, I actually used cream colored pearls for Oriental Treasure, the same ones I used for the original design. I felt white is too strong plus cream pearls give an old, antique feel to the necklace.
I don't know about you, but I absolutely love the randomness of the whole thing! I didn't want it to look down right symmetrical but I kept everything balanced so it wouldn't look off. I hope I was able to achieve this by using different kinds and sizes of beads.
Oriental Treasure is now available at both of my shops: djaDesigns and streetchiconline. But you can get one for FREE! Join my giveaway and get a chance to win this beauty. :) Just check my sidebar for this and more giveaways you can join.