Last year my big sister turned 40 (although she looks in her 20s, the cow!). I decided to make her a little something special for her birthday present. Something that she could wear to posh parties as a set or earrings for when she wanted to sparkle only a little.
First of all, my sister is a gorgeous brunette with the most dazzling brown eyes that range from almost amber in some lights, to deep chocolate it others. She loves gold so I decided that the base colour should be Metallic Earth Batik Gold Iris (DB1010), using purple iris Charlottes as the detail and the stones are Swarovski in Amethyst.
First I bezelled the stones with the delicas and the charlottes. Around the large stone I "stitched in the ditch" to add an extra round of peyote and then a simple picot edge with the charlottes before adding a very simple bail and suspending it on what has to be my most perfect herringbone rope ever!
The earrings were simply bezelled and then hung on solid gold ear wires. No frills around the edge so that she could wear the earrings with anything and so that they didn't distract too much from the large oval stone necklace.
It's simple and understated but I like it and I know she does too.