vintage bead and iolite necklace 1


A dear friend had a birthday the other day, and here’s what I decided to make her.


vintage bead and iolite necklace 2


It’s a choker necklace in sterling silver with a vintage crystal bead and tiny iolite beads, which matches earrings I made her a few years ago. Because the length of a choker is crucial, so that it’s both comfortable and sits in just the right place, I added a generous extension chain.


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The large vintage bead should sit comfortably in the clavicle.


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For the extender I used rhodonite faceted garnets, for a July birthday (ruby coloured, but yes, I know they are not rubies!) and finished it off with a steely blue baroque pearl. My friend’s eyes are a beautiful periwinkle blue, so these blues work well.

It seemed to go down a treat :)

Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...