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Into the ocean… January 5, 2018

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Exhale.   I just finished it this morning…holding my breath. Like diving into the ocean. I feel good.  Really good.  About this necklace.  I think this is my sixth stone I’ve bezel set.  My first with a gallery style bezel wire and so happy I didn’t melt it when soldering all the different pieces on.

I had purchased the gorgeous Labradorite cab a few years ago…thinking that when I was ready, I’d tackle setting it.  I’d take the stone out every six months or so and stare at it, then put it away again.  Never felt ready.  Then last month, I thought…What am I waiting for?  I’ll probably never ‘feel’ ready.  If I waited for everything to ‘feel right’ I probably wouldn’t accomplish very much in life. Just get started, already!!  So, I did.  The setting evolved in fits and starts…then lay aside over the holidays.  Finished it up yesterday and set it today.

The necklace part is a lustrous collection of pearls and tiny labradorite faceted rondells. Pearls in various shades of blue, purple, green and gray.  Everything I see in the Lab cab. I had a hard time deciding on whether to make a silver chain for this or go with something with stones or pearls.  The pearls said yes.  Sadly, I don’t think these photos do the pearls justice.  They really do pick up much more of the colors in the stone.  Oh, well.


labradorite 4


labradorite 2


labradorite 5


As I sit typing up this blog post, I’m wearing the necklace to see how it feels.  It feels just right.


21 Responses to “Into the ocean…”

  1. Cebette Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Lynda! As always, you inspire me.

  2. Mary B Says:

    Lynda, this is fabulous. I’ve been thinking of doing this procedure but kind of scared. I need to get the equipment but been holding back. You’ve done a tremendous job on this necklace. Keep up the good work. Will look forward to more posts.

    • I got the courage I needed to step into stone setting by joining a class. Lots of support and great instruction. And I could use the tools provided and not have a big cash outlay. Is there something in your area?

  3. Sally Says:

    This reminds me of some of your beautiful pieces.

    How ya feeling today?

    Love & hugs. Sally


  4. Lexi (lexi austin boho chic) Says:

    Perfect! Sometimes a little psyching up is all it takes! And nerves of steel. Looks perfect!

  5. Mary Says:

    Oh my! It takes my breath away! It is gorgeous and you did a beautiful job creating it!

  6. Margot Says:

    What a beautiful piece you created! I’m toying with learning to set stones and this is great inspiration, so thank you!

  7. Kelly White Says:

    Fabulous job Linda! That setting is beautiful and I love the pearl & labradorite faceted rondells necklace it really sets off the cab piece perfectly! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Amazing job! Beautiful stone too, and I love the chain!

  9. Joann xiraolo Says:

    Beautiful work!

  10. It’s amazing! I’m so glad you got over that fear and made the leap. It’s a great reminder for all of us that the results could be awesome. Keep up the awesome-ness!

  11. Sarajo Wentling Says:

    Wow. This is truly stunning! And a good reminder to grab life (and beads!) now! There’s no time like the present. Blessings to you in this new year!

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