Today I played with all the purples that usually I pair with teal… and gave them a fresh, soft treatment with my gentlest greens! This is another color combination that has been knocking about in the back of my mind for a while now, and I’m happy to finally be able to give it a try. Isn’t it funny – when paired with teal these purples feel so much stronger… now that their companions are misty greens they feel quite subtle.
I think the bead that really made me want to try this combination is the “Azure Bubbles” that I have placed in the center position. I’m very taken with the way this particular example exhibits so many shades of olive to lilac, and I’ve often felt that it wasn’t really been showcased on a bracelet with bolder colours. Here I’ve custom built a design around it!
This Azure holds other fascinating colours as well – note how its hints of icy blue are echoed in the uniques, as well as in the dichroic dots among the silvers. The repetition of the colour gives a nice rhythm to the design. This sort of pattern helps to give a sense of calm to the bracelet, as it seems planned and in control.
This little unique is one of my favorite “Small & Beautiful” design. I’m fascinated by the miniscule array of glittering gold suspended in its depths. It supposedly is playing the same role on this bracelet as it usually does on my teal and purple combination… but with it’s small size and subtle colour, it’s much more noticeable now that the brighter colours have been replaced with softer ones.
I’m so pleased to be able to pair two of my Limited Edition Jades… they have a distinctive shape and texture, so it’s satisfying to be able to use them to balance each other.
Clockwise from clasp: “Dichroic Flower Lock” (retired) “Unique Glass”, “Happy Fish” (retired), “Limited Edition Violet Petals”, “Limited Edition Kimono Bead”, “Elfbead”, “Neither Fish nor Bird, Large” (retired), “Limited Edition Chinese Jade”, “Aurora Flowers”, “Blue Desert”, “trinity”, “Unique Glass”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Unique Glass”, “King & Queen” (retired), “Limited Edition Chinese Jade”, “Limited Edition Faceted Aurora”, “Unique Glass”, “Frogs” (retired), “Limited Edition Pastel Agate”, “Unique Glass”, “Happy Fish” (retired), “Deep Bubbles” (retired), “Pink Prism” (retired format).