I’ve not had a lot of luck with this ‘making something for myself’ business’. The first bracelet I spent loads on, and it got lost on the subway. The second bracelet was just as lovely if not quite as pricey and I managed to lose one of the earrings. This time I’ve learned; not only did I go for an even sturdier construction (light gauge steel cable, doubled throughout the piece) but my mom paid for all the supplies, thus removing the guilt factor from making myself a third (and hopefully not doomed) item.
Mom bought me two ropes of my favourite semi-precious stone; Aquamarine. (I know, it’s a shocker. I mean, I hardly ever wear turquoise…) I decided to make the clasp the main event – so two little bejewelled arms come together over over a ring to close the piece. Strung through the ring is a fine silver chain with silver filigree cones at each end, and each cone has another bead of aquamarine nestled within.
I like the way the weight of the charms pulls the necklace down in the middle.
The bracelet is doubled steel cable as well, with double crimps on the end. I could get into a super huge, multiple opponent, fight to the death match on the ttc, during rush hour, and still karatefy every last son-of-a-motherless-goat, while engaged in a Mexican knife fight… and this bracelet would survive. I’m sure of it.
I think it’s a little on the dressy side for me to be able to pull it off daily, but it’s definitely work-worthy. Hopefully this one lasts!