Today’s bracelet was one that I designed at the end of a very busy and challenging week… it was in the quiet hour at the close of the day, and I was reveling in the calm of our little gallery in the middle of the bustling village. Outside, people were rushing past in the rain, carrying groceries and hurrying to get home to cooking and family time.
I started by picking a few key colour elements. Rich plum, softest grey, a blush of pink, a hint of gold. Placing those colours together on a play tray rod, they felt a little too “floaty”,
so I added a trio of earthy cinnamon tones to visually ground and warm the composition. I placed the “Red Tigers Eye” at the heart of the design, right in the middle of the bracelet. Then I placed a balanced pair of rounded, unique cherry coloured ambers on either end of the bracelet. I chose an intentionally mismatched pair of “Blue
Deserts”, as they are both lovely examples of the design, and are fascinating to me in their extreme diversity. One of the two deserts is nearly celadon green in colour, with a pinkish blush that is very interesting. The other is a perfect slate blue with a generous dose of golden glitter and a rich coating of clear glass on top.
While it is the rich clarets and golds that immediately capture one’s attention in this bracelet, the “meat” of the design is really the grey neutrals. Without those soft, quiet colours this would be a very different design. The rich jewel tones would sing much louder, and be much more formal in their mood. The addition of the two “Ruby Rock”, “Blue Deserts” and “Grey Prism” creates a neutral envelope which could be used with so many different jewel tones for a wearable, everyday design.
Clockwise from clasp: “Freya Lock”, “Grey Prism”, “Unique Amber”, “Black Gold”, “Gentle Waves”, “Engraved Romance”, “Ruby Rock”, “Unique”, “Transformation”, “Blue Desert”, “Red Tigers Eye”, “Blue Desert”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Third Eye Chakra”, “Ruby Rock”, “Unique”, “Heart Conch”, “Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Pink Prism”.
One final thought… The pale pink feels to me as though it’s the part of this that makes it all work. It’s only a little tiny touch of pink – two pink beads and a little blush on the pale blue desert – but it’s an essential part of what appeals to me here. It gives the whole thing a shimmer of light and makes me smile…