My inspiration for making this bracelet was the gorgeous cobalt and white handmade glass center bead.  Cobalt blue is a strong color and very often when I use strong colors, I use them with other strong colors capable of holding their own in the situation.  This time, I choose a little differently.  I did select one other vividly colored bead – the little blue/green/white African Trade millefiori bead and then began softening the colors a bit by adding turquoise.

As you move further towards the back of the bracelet, the colors soften even more – creamy coral beads, a bit of shell, a striped bead in soft turquoise, red and green, two labradorite beads.  Tiny bits of black and a single crystal add punctuation.

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white-agate-necklaceI enjoy working with a wide variety of colors and enjoy finding new and unusual ways to mix colors and patterns.  However, once in a while, I am inspired to stay within a very simple color palette, in this case – mostly whites, with bits of tans and silver.  At the center of this necklace is a large textured sterling silver bead.  On either side, are two large white agate beads.  The white agate beads are the ones that inspired this necklace.  I got them at a bead store in Staunton, VA during a trip when my beads and I were on the go.

I added matte clear glass, white mother of pearl, landscape stone, and silver spacer beads.  Interest is brought to the quiet color palette by a mixture of shapes, sizes, and textures.  I felt a handmade sterling silver toggle clasp was the perfect finishing touch.