In Create Jewelry: Pearls, the editors of Beadwork magazine combine stories of this irresistible gem with gorgeous designs to inspire and delight the modern jewelrymaker.
Projects incorporating natural, freshwater, and imitation pearls draw on a wide range of exciting materials, colors, and shapes in 20 stunning, wearable designs. Create Jewelry is divided into three main sections: "The Classics" include traditional pearl stringing, a long Tahitian-look rope, simply elegant coin pearl earrings, and a dramatic dog collar necklace. "Special Occasions" features striking pieces, including a lariat suitable for a bride, a lush copper-colored choker, and an ingenious midnight-black necklace finished with a handstitched tassel. Finally, "Fashion Forward" designs make any look spectacular. Pieces in this section integrate silver links with green pearls in a bib-style necklace, embellish a fun bangle with fiery-colored pearls and beads, and pair colorful handmade beads with dyed pearls for a dramatic bracelet. Gorgeous jewelry photos are accompanied by step-by-step photos and instructions that are easy to follow so readers can easily create their own designs.
Accompanying the projects, chapters on the history, science, and culture of pearls provide intriguing context for the iconic gem, while information on selecting, working with, and caring for pearls help the reader make the most of their treasures. Quotes, anecdotes, and images of pearls through the years round out this informative and entertaining book.
Reviews: "Gorgeous designs to inspire and delight the modern jewelry maker."-BeadBugle.com
"Stunning full-color photos accompany each project, and each features extremely detailed instructions."-Kliatt
"Beautiful photography, step-by-step instructions and interesting background.... [this book] is fun to look at and get inspired by."-South Jersey Bead Society