I’ve said this about

knitting
but I’ll say it for jewelry as well:  one of the great aspects of
being a jewelry designer/maker is the ability to make pieces for special
occasions or even just a simple night out.  Such was the case this weekend, when
I made this bracelet in preparation for a dinner out with friends:

Egyptian Bracelet by Holly West

It is made from mostly from 10k gold, although the clasp is 14k and the
hammered rings are 14k gold fill.  The beads are green tourmaline and
citrine, with a red garnet briolette that functions as a charm.

Egyptian Faience Beads

The focal point of the bracelet, however, is really special to me.  A
couple of years ago while visiting an antique shop in Oxford, England, I
purchased a string of
Egyptian faience
beads which were at least 2000 years old.  They are
not expensive, but I love the idea of using antique beads in my work, especially
when they are this old.

It’s taken me almost two years to find a design for them that I like, and I
will probably use them in similar ways in the future.  My only concern is
that bracelets generally get knocked around a bit and they might be too fragile. 
That said, if they’ve survived 2000 years thus far, they can certainly survive
any wear they’ll get on my wrist!

This particular bracelet is not for sale, but

email me
if you are interested in purchasing a similar design.

One Reply to “Egyptian Faience Bead Bracelet”

  1. Antoinette says: March 14, 2007 at 11:42 am

    I LOVE this bracelet! It’s very different from your usual pieces and does have that ancient look. I’m sure if you wear it for special occasions (not gardending or something) the beads will be just fine. Very nice! I’m getting into vintage beads lately too.

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