Monday, September 5, 2011

In Search of the Perfect Statement Necklace

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I was invited to two black tie weddings this month, and as I was shopping for a fancy long gown, I also wanted to get a fancy statement necklace to go with it.
The gown I chose is a simple yet very elegant and complimenting black one-shoulder dress, with a long slit on one side, and a strip of dark beads on the other side. It's by Laundry by Shelli Segal and you can see it here or here. The thing I love about statement necklaces is that they can make a simple outfit look gorgeous and spice it up. This is exactly what I was looking for.
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Why was I trying to buy a necklace instead of make it myself, you may ask... Well, I was about to go on vacation for a week and then come back and go to the first wedding right away, so I didn't really have time to order supplies and make one. I thought it would just be easy to buy one if I found something worth spending the money. Buying online was also not an option as I didn't have enough time to get it shipped, etc., and besides, I really wanted to try it on before buying and see how it looks. Browsing the internet did, however, give me lots of good ideas about what I wanted.
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Alas! After several unsuccessful shopping trips, it was obvious that I had to make one myself.
It was a fun challenge! As you can see from my Etsy shop, I don't normally make over-the-top jewelry, but it was great for me to try something new and exciting to see the final result! I made a couple of trips to my local beads store and had to do some intense work to finish in time for my vacation, but the final result was so worth it. I was able to make a full set of earrings, bracelet, and the necklace.
I got a lot of compliments on the jewelry and it was a lot of fun being a walking ad for my little shop :)
I've got lots of supplies left over and will be making some of these for my shop, so stay tuned for the new listings!

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