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Kenyan Sunset

by: Stephanie Dixon

This month - we split up our celebrity designers and gave them different beads. Here is what Stephanie has to say:

I absolutely love the beads you chose for me. (See second pic.) I was instantly inspired to create this rather large necklace. I have been eyeing the African beads for awhile and thank you for choosing the pink and purple for me - because there are so may beautiful colours - I just didn't know which ones to chose!
 
The pink and copper lampwork beads are also ones that I have picked up numerous times. Copper is so hot right now. Copper is usually combined with turquoise and topaz colours. Pairing the copper with the pastels gives both elements a fresh new look - it is something a little unexpected.  This necklace is a piece that will transition beautiful from summer to fall fashion. It can be worn with pinks, purples, tans, brown and black. Pair it with a black sleeveless turtleneck with a pair of jeans for a fun yet sophisticated look. Of course, this will look gorgeous year round with your LBD (little black dress).

I named it "Kenyan Sunset" in honour of a friend who has just returned from her honeymoon in Kenya.


You can see more of Stephanie's work on her blog - The Dixon Chick.

Unfortunately - we no longer have the Purple Agate Ovals - you might have some stashed away somewhere, or check out the Quartz page for other possibilites.

P.S.

When Stephanie made this - she left short, 1 cm tails of Softflex sticking out on the dangley bits hanging down from the necklace. When she walked into the store wearing it - I asked her if they were scratchy and irritating - and she agreed that they were. She had seen another designer do this - but now realized that it wasn't comfortable to wear. So she is going to trim them off. And, fwiw, the designer that she was inspired by is a guy, and probably never wears his own creations. :-P

          
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