We’ve always thought that somehow, Golden Cave and Silver Mountain ought to work together… but we’ve also always had a difficult time making them talk nicely to each other in a bracelet composition. When we stumbled across this lovely image we decided to make a fresh attempt, with beautiful results!
When we analyzed the design at top, we decided that there were two elements that made the bracelet sing: the repetition of the warm lilac and soft blue grey colours, and the blend of gold and silver beads. Rather than exactly replicate the original bracelet, we instead took inspiration from it and created our own composition using a wide variety of our favorite beads.
We also selected a “Happy Universe” to crown the center of the composition. This bead design is large and dramatic enough to stand up to the two glorious glass that frame it, and its blend of 18k gold and sterling silver marries the cool and warm tones of the principal beads. Next we began to choose a variety of glass that echo the lilac and ice blue tones of the two key bead designs. This unusual swirled glass unique has a shade of purple that makes silver sing, and makes me think of Venetian hand made paper..
For silvers we picked some of the recently released World Tour designs. At left is the wonderfully complex and fluid Welsh “Love Spoons”. I love the romantic meaning behind this bead, with its story of young suitors lovingly carving elaborate wooden spoons to prove the sincerity of their love, and the work that they were prepared to put into caring for their wife and family.
We couldn’t resist using this gorgeous “Blue Desert”, with its oversized glass and generous sprinkling of coppery pink gold. Its quiet glamour is nicely set off with “Noh Masks”, a Japanese World Tour design that shows two opposing characters of traditional Noh theatre, as well as the small face of the actor, peeking between.
clockwise from clasp: “Basic Double Lobster Clasp”, “Rosa Pearl”, “Love Spoons”, “Golden Cave”, “Blue Desert”, “Noh Masks”, “Lavender Jade” (retired), “Silver Mountain”, “Happy Universe”, “Golden Cave”, “Light Blue Shadow”, “Mah Jong Fortune”, “Unique”, “Silver Mountain”, “Midgaard Serpent”, “Lilac Unique”.
We’re so happy with this design that it has inspired me to rearrange my own bracelets to create something similar… it just feels joyful!