latest designs: delicate amber

My latest amber designs are these simple, delicate short drop earrings, and co-ordinating choker necklace. The earrings each feature two cognac coin beads, and they hang from a semi-hoop handmade silver wire. The necklace has a centrepiece of three cognac coin beads, together with two tiny, irregular beads in dark cognac. It is completed by … Continue reading latest designs: delicate amber

new designs: autumnal amber

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had been working with amber. I actually got a string of beautiful coin beads from a lady who was selling strings of beads by weight at a brocante (antiques market) in nearby Langeac. I wasted no time in de-stringing them, and found I had a wonderful … Continue reading new designs: autumnal amber


I have been working with gemstone beads for the past couple of days, partly because we've reached that bleached-out time of year when the green of summer has faded, but the tints of autumn have not yet taken hold, and I'm craving rich, deep colours. But also partly because I've been looking at pictures of … Continue reading renaissance

silver and amber necklace

I mentioned in my last post that I was working on a piece of silver, which was eventually destined to be part of an amber necklace. Well, ta-da, here it is. The piece of metal that I was heating in the photo is in the centre, with five mismatched amber beads hanging from it. I … Continue reading silver and amber necklace

new earrings

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I'd been working on several pairs of earrings. They were't looking particularly glamourous at that point, but after lots of polishing and shining, they are finally finished. I was making mainly post earrings at the time, but since then I've finished some new dangly ones too. Here's a … Continue reading new earrings