What’s your favorite piece of jewelry for wearing?
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I asked this same question of the beaded-jewelry superstar authors in Lark Jewelry & Beading’s Beadweaving Master Class series. We’re having a weekly Q-and-A with these six master teachers in a panel-style format on this blog each and every Monday. Enjoy, and whether you’re a jeweler, beader, general crafter, or just plain folk like me (as I’m frequently described), please do leave a comment with your own answer to each question!
Maggie Meister, author of the Fall 2011 book Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance, of Norfolk, Virginia:
My grandmother’s ring. My aunt gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago, because she remembered how much I loved it as a little girl. It is a gold band with a beautiful star sapphire.
I also love a pin my uncle made for his sister a long time ago with three Ms in sterling silver. Until my aunt sent it to me, I had no idea my uncle had been a jeweler as a young man. I love these two pieces.
But I never leave the house without earrings on. I can be wearing the worst clothes and no makeup, but I will not leave without earrings—I just love them.
Truth is, I rarely wear jewelry. I’d rather create it and put it on someone else.
However, my favorite piece of mine is called Rocks. It is encrusted in my favorite Swarovski crystals and has one large vintage crystal. It is edgy and rock and roll, which I love. It’s named after a song by my favorite band, Aerosmith, who I create beadwork for when they’re touring.
My favorite is my beetle wing choker—because it’s badass. It’s a spiked choker with intensely metallic green beetle wings. Everyone asks about it, and nobody quite understands the beetle wing part—somehow they can’t believe they’re real.
The Chorus of Urchins, a collaboration with the Dallas Bead Society, is one of my favorite necklaces to wear. Many of the members participated in making one or two urchins, bringing their own creative voices to the beaded bead design, which is a project in my book. I assembled them into a necklace that was a finalist in Bead & Button’s Bead Dreams competition, as well as featured on the cover of the class catalog.
Rachel Nelson-Smith, author of the Fall 2011 release Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs, of Santa Cruz, California:
There are about 7,000 beads in the cuff I wear each day. The beads are glass with a silver coating, and about 300 of them are crystals. It is a scruffy old Ootheca Cuff, and it travels with me wherever I go—studio, home, teaching trips, and vacations.
It wears on me real good and it is a conversation starter—I particularly enjoy quick conversations with non-beaders, piquing their interest.
It was a good design for me. Alice Korach noticed it first and gave me the confidence—and final design iteration—needed to bring it to the beading world. And the beading world welcomed it, and me along with it.
Sometimes the daily wearing of the Ootheca Cuff seems an albatross around my neck. But I wear it anyway.
My favorite piece of jewelry to wear is the one most recently completed, and it remains my favorite until the next one comes along.
I love wearing something unique that I have created, and I keep almost everything I make.
Now, go back and read earlier questions to our panel — and I invite you to answer them yourself in each post’s Comments section:
*Also read great recent Lark Jewelry & Beading interviews with leading creative beaders, jewelers, and metalsmiths—please leave comments and let us know what you think:
Laura McCabe (with free project PDF)
Jamie Cloud Eakin (with bonus project PDF)
Nathalie Mornu (with two free project PDFs)