Thank-you to Anita Muise from Anita's Beads for inspiring me to learn how to handknot my necklaces. As many of you know, this is a classic method of stringing pearls. The knots between every pearl makes it secure, because, if the strand should break, only one pearl will fall off. But, more important, it gives the necklace a beautiful, flowing drape. It's very labor intensive, but, I think well worth the effort. Generally, the thread that is used is silk but, also, there are some very strong synthetic silks available in a wide array of colors. The key is to ensure that the knot is placed snugly against the bead. This takes practice and concentration but, again, results in a beautiful piece of jewelry. Here are some examples of knotted necklaces I've made lately. Many are listed in my online shop (click photos to find the listings).
This necklace is called "Peacock Pearls", not because these rich green pearls are what is commonly known as a peacock pearl but, instead, because they actually do look like the color of peacock feathers! This necklace with matching earrings is for sale in my online shop (click the photo). And, here's a little secret..this is the first knotted pearl necklace I ever made. It took me over 4 hours. I'm getting somewhat more efficient at it. Knotted in black silk, with one of my hand-formed, hammered hook and eye clasps.
The "Caramel" necklace features these incredibly gorgeous freshwater "pebble" pearls from an Arlington treasure-trove of a shop called Things We Love. The pearls are deliciously bronzy brown, irridescent with golden, green and pinks. They're handknotted in black silk, along with tiny gold Swarovski pearls, an exquisite grade of crystal "pearl". The necklace also closes with a hand-formed hammered hook and eye clasp (not shown), this time 14 kt gold-filled. This is for sale in my Etsy shop. Click the photo to reach the listing.
"Porcelana", for sale online with matching earrings, features nuggets of lovely, pastel porcelain jasper from Anita's Beads (Wakefield, NH) combined with rich deep grey Swarovski crystal pearls. It closes with a handcrafted sterling silver hook and eye clasp (not shown). Click the photo to reach the link.
"Lights of Dawn" features lavendar freshwater pearls with a golden lustre, combined with sparkly yellow faceted beads of the gemstone citrine. All hand-knotted with grey silk. Exquisitely elegant, also featuring a handcrafted sterling silver clasp and matching earrings and available in my online shop (click the photo for more information).
This necklace is called "Thundercloud" and is an elegant combination of soft grey freshwater pearls with a peacock finish of blue, violet and pink highlights, matched with the gorgeous gemstone labradorite. The labradorite is grey with flashes of blue in chunky, organic shapes. It's hand-knotted in blue-grey silk with a handcrafted sterling silver clasp. This gorgeous necklace is now for sale at Firefly Moon, Arlington. "Over the Rainbow", a more rainbow hued necklace featuring pearls and similar labradorite chunks, but with a handmade fine silver organic chunky pendant, is for sale in my Etsy shop...click the photo to reach the listing.