Erica practically zoomed in on the new addition to my gemstone collection - flat oval lapis lazuli beads. The characteristic gold (iron pyrite or fool's gold) flecks were her inspiration for contrast colours.

She took quite a while to play with possible beads and the effort was well worth it. Her final design incorporated seed beads in gold and blue. She also added topaz coloured crystal rondelles and green glass cubes. The round yellowish green gemstones were likely yellow turquoise - I can't be sure as I forgot to make note of it when I bought the strand!

The combination of all the colours and shapes made an awesome bracelet! Erica was delighted when I pointed out that she could wear the bracelet with the strands separate or twisted if she wished.

Beader Design #: 369
The Beading Gem's Journal
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