Jan 31, 2016

Buried Treasure Blog Hop

One of my favorite blogs to keep up with all things jewelry is Art Jewelry Elements. They have regular challenges that I find a blast to participate in.  The challenge for January was to dig through our hoards or treasure of art beads and find one (or more) to make up in a piece of jewelry.

Now I am ashamed to say that I had forgotten about signing up for this hop until one of the wonderful moderators, Jenny Davies-Reazor, dropped me a line asking if I was still planning on participating.  I definitely was and spent a most enjoyable time digging through my beads and finding one that spoke to me.  

I had a few that I put to the side to consider when I ran across this dragonfly from Firefly Design Studio.  Now I am especially partial to dragonflies as they are one of my totems and usually signify that a change is coming.  I am hoping that it is a good one perhaps better sales with the new schedule that I will be starting late in February.

Now the next step was deciding on a supporting cast and I found a strand of aquamarine (or what I think is aquamarine since if this strand had a label, it had fallen off) that was close to the color of the glaze used on the dragonfly.  And of course, I needed a contrast so some onyx found its way onto my design board.  

For once everything went according to plan.  Love this necklace but I will be putting up it for sale as soon as I get some descriptions written up for a few different designs that I have made.

Now I can hardly wait to see what buried treasure everyone one else found when they went digging.  There is sure to be a lot of eye candy since these are some kick ass designers so be sure to check out their treasures also.

AJE team:

Melissa - Bead Recipes
Sarajo - SJ Designs
Samantha - Wescott Jewelry
Mona - Bijoux Gem

Suntsa - Suntsan


  1. Really beautiful necklace. I also love dragonflies. :) Visit my blog, I took part, even though I´m not in the list...

  2. That's a beautiful component, I can see why you stashed it... it looks wonderful with the aquamarine!

  3. this is beautiful! and love how you've blended in the chain and beads

  4. I'm personally partial to birds, but I have to say -- the more dragonfly beads I see, the more interested I am in them ... especially their significance to change. Beautiful necklace!

  5. Shai - so glad you could join us! It was a challenge issued... like last year! Needless to say I was finishing my pieces the day before the reveal as well! I like this necklace very much! Simple, yet stunning colors and so easy to wear - with anything!
    Dragonflies, huh? I love butterflies for the similar reasons. Radical, magical transformation! Have a great year!

  6. What a lovely cool spring themed necklace, the beads you chose to match your beautiful pendant are perfect.

  7. Lovely necklace Shaiha. Dragonflies are wonderful aren't they? The onyx was the perfect touch to bring out those dark spots on the pendant. They add so much depth to it.

  8. Beautiful design. I love how you added the onyx to contrast with the pale green. A lovely summery piece.

  9. What a lovely design Shaiha, I love how the beads you chose go so well with the focal!

  10. Very nice! I love the colors and the dragonfly pendant is stunning. Excellent Job!

  11. I adore dragonflies and this necklace is just beautiful!

  12. Love how the onyx picks out the darker colours in the glaze. It's a lovely piece!

  13. I used some of Michelle's work for this challenge too. I love her ceramics and think you did a great job designing with her dragonfly!


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