Pearls, and more pearls

I bought this Turbo shell without any preconceived idea of how I would “weave” it into one of my neckart designs.  I decided to surround it with  an abundance of pearls as though nestled in a treasure chest at the bottom of the ocean. I want it to be a dazzling addition to an outfit worn for an important evening out. It’s four strands of fresh water pearls,carnelian, amythest and smokey topaz with a free form gold vermiel toggle clasp make a powerful statement that will be remembered.     Call or email for price.

Royale Jade

Royal Jade

I enjoyed juxtaposing the coral tubes with faceted glass and the pale green carved jade. The textures are an unexpected combination, surprisingly neutral in that the stones go with any number of colors. I found the pendant in a little bead store in Morro Bay, California where I always discover unusual pieces to add to my neck art. The owner is also a gardner,and it’s a pleasure to sit on one of the benches to relax outdoors in the rear of the shop. This is a double strand approximately 20 inches.   Call or email for price.



I love the buttercup yellow of the jade, and the texture of the mother of pearl,and wooden discs with the crackled agate, Italian glass,and odd shaped salmon colored coral breaking the symmetry.   I wanted a strong statement with the added “girlie detail” of hanging beads near the faceted citrine glass and sterling clasp. This is fun neckart that is a combination of direct and soft which would add an element of surprise to a simple non-collared conservative outfit. It is designed to add punch, and fun. This necklace is

approximately 18”long.    Call or email for price.


This necklace will add a stunning accent to a simple dress or suit. it’s asymetrical shape with double  pendants of Picture Jasper and Carnelian with Turquoise, is sure to get people’s attention and compliments. As with all of my neckart, it’s one-of-a-kind. It will add spice to an evening out, and can change the look of a work outfit, by making a quick change of accessory to go from day to evening in a flash.

“Earth Mother”

This is one of my favorite pieces. I found the beads in different locations, and the piece of jade comes from a Tibetan shop in Davis California where I had spent the rest of the day watching one of my surgate grandchildren swim in the Special Olympics being held at the University. I love to just come upon something I’m not especially looking for.  This piece came together that way. It includes: Mother of pearl, African glass, amber, agate, amethyst, jade, yellow turquoise,  carnelian, and Italian glass, with an agate druzy pendant, and a sterling toggle. It goes well with many colors, and feels good to wear. It’s quiet, yet dynamic with the added bonus of not being heavy. It might just be the perfect necklace , but not for the “faint of heart”!  it’s 25 inches.        SOLD on February 27th to a couple with tickets to see Diana Ross at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts,

Pearl, Abalone, and Sterling necklace

I was lucky to discover a shell shop in California that had an unusual collection of  tumbled Pacific Abalone pieces that I purchased to use as pendants for my one-of-a-kind neck art. Unfortunately my bonanza was short lived, since they can no longer get them. I feel that I purchased the most exciting shapes, powerfully using their individual  inate elegant beauty.  I’d like to design more, but apparently this isn’t going to happen unless I’m lucky enough to find others of the same caliber at another location. Enjoy this unique expression of the ocean. This necklace also contains freshwater pearls,pewter, glass, and pacific black pearl oyster shells. It is 26 inches Call or email for price.

Latest neck art!  Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing this show-stopper!  I was at Eastern market in DC, and found a woman selling beads. I usually don’t like obviously dyed coral (Now that ox blood coral can’t be legally harvested anymore,most of the deep red is badly dyed), but this blue was so outrageously unnatural, I had to have it for some new pieces such as this one. I’ve included turquoise, bamboo, African beads, and glass, and added a stunning Tibetan pendant to the mix. It’s definately a conversation piece!!     19inches     Call or email for price.

Blue Waters

This is a combination of Agate druzy, Fired Agate, fresh water pearls, and faceted crystal drops with a sterling toggle clasp. The mix of stones, and color reminds me of a calm sea, and shell covered sandy bottom. I like the textured feel of the design, and hope it encourages the wearer to touch the cool stones, and recall a relaxed day at the beach. The necklace is 20 inches. Call or email for price