Jewelry

Eye-catching Jewelry

I meant to publish this yesterday, but here it is today without any further ado.

Going through my collection of created jewelry pieces, two of them struck me as interesting in the way that light alters their appearance. I thought that this would be best for my first post on jewelry. Handmade items are naturally unique in that no two pieces will turn out exactly alike. I think that these two pieces of jewelry demonstrate that and go beyond since each piece can have a different look depending on the lighting.

Tiger Eye Bracelet

First up is a bracelet made with tiger eye beads. Tiger eye is a type of quartz that has golden brown stripes in it that appear to change from gold to brown when turned. Given its neutral tones, it can go with just about any outfit or color. The picture below attempts to show its color-changing properties.

Tiger's Eye Bracelet
Tiger Eye Bracelet. I think this could be worn by men and women as the colors and chunkiness are pretty unisex.

Color Changing Earrings

The next piece required three different pictures since it changes color depending on three different types of lighting. In the center of the black hematite donut bead is a Swarovski Xilion bicone bead that literally changes color in natural, fluorescent, and incandescent lighting. I’m not sure what sort of black magic they used to pull this off, but it’s pretty remarkable. It’s great for those days when you can’t decide what color jewelry you should wear.

Below, the three pictures show the earrings I made with these beads in the three different types of lighting. The bead around the Swarovski crystal is man-made hematite, which is very reflective and shiny and can be magnetized.

The Swarovski color-changing bead has a rose-quartz tone in natural light.
The Swarovski color-changing bead has a rose-quartz tone in natural light.
In fluorescent light, the beads are a light green.
In fluorescent light, the beads are a light green.
In incandescent light, the Swarovski color-changing beads are a peachy coral.
In incandescent light, the Swarovski color-changing beads are a peachy coral.

That’s all for today, so I hope you enjoyed this little post. From now on, jewelry posts will be published on Tuesdays sometime around 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. The next post, which will be on baking (I hope you didn’t give up sweets for Lent, but since it’s only Ash Wednesday, you can always change it), will go up on Friday around 4 pm PT/ 7 pm ET.

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