Today I wanted to lighten up, and play with some of the ivory toned beads that are usually locked into my black, gold and ivory bracelet. That neutral bracelet is an essential wardrobe item for me, and a piece of jewelry that I wear several times each week… It’s unlikely that it won’t be rebuilt after the challenge, but until then… I can take these little ivory lovelies out for a spin and see what they can do!
I decided to pair these creamy glass, stone and ambers with warm purples to see if that combination felt “wearable”.
I usually pair most of these purple beads with Azure Bubbles and mossy Labradorite for a muted and understated approach to purple. I’m not really a “purple person”… but despite that, somehow seem to have acquired a good sized group of purple beads that I love. My purple and labradorite bracelet is one of those bracelets that often comes out of my Troll bag for a visit… I’ll even leave it on my bedside table so that I can just enjoy looking at it… and then it goes away, still without having been worn. I’m actually very content enjoying beads in this way, as beautiful objects that don’t have to be worn.
However, I am curious to see if someday I can find the key to creating a purple palette that I would actually put on and wear regularly!
My thought was that pairing most colours with white and ivory somehow take some of the power out of them. The example I like to give for this is Red. Pair Red with black, red, purple, or pink… and it brings to mind racy lingerie, red lipstick and all sorts of other fabulously sexy stuff. This is red fingernails and red sports car sort of red. However, pair red with white, and it evokes Valentine’s hearts with paper lace, checkered tablecloths and cheerful Christmas ornaments. Heartfelt, but innocent. So. I thought that perhaps pairing purples with white would give them an even softer air.
My conclusion after wearing this bracelet for a day… I’m still not sure! I think I’d like to rebuild it after the challenge and try wearing it for a few more days over the warm weeks of Summer to see how it settles in. Perhaps a few more tweaks to the design would help to make it feel more at home as well… The biggest surprise is how very yellow the amber looks when contrasted with the complementary tone of purple!