Here is a selection of some of the smaller gemstone beads that I have added to my bead stash and have been working with recently.
For those that like to know the names of the stones – from the left we have blue imperial jasper, snowflake obsidian, faceted black onyx, gold mother of pearl, faceted zebra stone, goldstone, chrysocolla and red tiger’s eye. The stone I would like to talk about today is Zebra Stone.
Zebra Stone, as the name implies, is half-black and half-white with a metrical pattern similar to that of its animal namesake, the zebra.
This striking and unusual stone is all about balance. Like the yin/yang of Chinese philosophy, Zebra Stone possesses balanced qualities of opposing, yet complimentary, forces – it is said to help us quieten the mind and take action.
By themselves the Zebra stone beads are actually quite dainty, but I wanted to use them all together to create something more powerful. I chose a triple-strand necklace design, where each strand is clearly defined and the beads can lie flat, showing off their natural beauty to its full potential.
Monochrome is on trend for 2013, and every woman needs a good black and white necklace in her jewellery box. This necklace has been specifically designed with versatility in mind. The length is adjustable so you can wear it high under a blouse or with a summer top, but you can also wear it longer over a polo neck or turtle neck top in winter.
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