This first necklace has a quiet elegance. The beads are a custom-mixed periwinkle with flowers, vines and leaves in hand-done 3-D. Connecting the beads are freshwater pearls, glass O beads, and a lovely deep blue/purple Swarovski crystal. The round Sterling silver clasp is magnetic, so this piece will be easy to wear.
The next 2 necklaces are what I think of as "lei" necklaces, since they remind me of Hawaiian leis. The blue one is made of wavy rounds in shades of blue and clear translucent. The beads are a combination malachite and lapis cut round and separated by silver glass O beads and it is finished with another magnetic clasp.
The green necklace was inspired by a necklace made by Les Fantasisies de Pinklily. Although I've made other "lei" necklaces before, I had not thought of making the bead pieces in a different shape besides round or oval. Square (!) is cool and different and changes both the look and the movement of the piece. I made a square Skinner blend translucent cane and wrapped it in white for contrast. If you look closely, you can see the green color change gradually from a yello-green to a more blue-green. The rest of the necklace is made of freshwater pearls and mint-colored glass O beads.