CF recently put the finishing touches on this unusual bracelet – with absolutely no silvers, and a warm blend of ambers, soft black and ivory, it is a strong and wearable statement piece.
The bracelet began when CF found this big beautiful black and ivory design… we knew as soon as we saw it that this bead would end up being the centerpiece of something special. CF purchased it, and then took her time deciding what kind of composition to build around it.
Inspiration struck when she came across these oversized, blunt edged ambers. She decided on the spot to create an amber bracelet, featuring her dramatic black and ivory bead. There are so many gorgeous ambers to choose from – but ivory is harder to find…
Another stroke of luck came in the form of the amazing unique seen above. It has an ivory background, with a delicate tendril of pure black, and tiny dots of metallic platinum. The ivory plays perfectly with the other warm whites that CF has selected from the regular collection. “Organic Stripe”, “Lucky Clover” and “Dewdrops” all add a light note, as do recently retired “Grey Squirrel” and “Beige Bubbles”. New 2012 design, “Nougat Flower” plays a key role in tying together the various shades of ivory, from the warm yellow of the “Alabaster Amber” to the much more stark background of the Unique.
Clockwise from clasp: “Large Flower Clasp”, “Organic Bubble”, “Lucky Clover”, “Alabaster Amber”, “Golden Thread”, “Organic Stripe”, “Brown Desert (retired)”, “Limited Edition Agate”, “Golden Quartz”, “Universal Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Nougat Flower”, “Unique Amber”, “Universal Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Limited Edition Agate”, “Golden Cave”, “Grey Squirrel (retired)”, “Tigers Eye”, “Beige Bubbles (retired)”, “Chocolate Parrot (retired), “Dewdrops”, “Dark Leopard (retired)”.
I admire the way she has tapered the bracelet from quite tiny towards the clasp, to very generous sized beads in the middle of the composition. One doesn’t really notice the change in size, as it is accomplished so gradually. I also think it’s extraordinary that such a beautifully balanced design could be created without any silver beads. Usually we find that at least a few silvers are required in order to allow the eye to really “see” each glass. However, in this design CF has blended light and dark, as well as different textures and opacity, allowing each bead to stand on its own.