Update: a similar necklace is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop!
Last Christmas, someone gave me a set of lovely black pearl and crystal bracelets – three elastic bracelets that stack together. I’ve worn them many times since, each time wishing I had a matching necklace. The black pearls are beautifully iridescent, and the crystals interspersed throughout give the bracelets a lot of sparkle.
I recently read a book, The Four Ms. Bradwells, in which the characters all wear a black pearl necklace owned by one woman’s mother. I kept longingly looking at my bracelets, wanting my own necklace (not to mention a Supreme Court appointment, but that’s beside the point).
This week, Michael’s craft store had a 40% off sale on beads, so I was able to make the matching necklace a reality without blowing my currently-meager budget. For approximately $7, I got enough pearls and crystal beads to make a double-strand necklace that is an almost-perfect match for these bracelets. I already owned the clasp, tiger tail, and seed beads used to make the finished product.
The black pearls are strung in sets of six, with a crystal separating the sets. Like the bracelets, I used an iridescent seed bead to space all of the beads. For the shorter strand, I used seven sets of six, and for the longer, eight. It hangs nicely, just on the collarbone.
Overall, I’m quite happy with this project. Pictures do not do justice to how it sparkles and shines – and I am a sucker for anything sparkly – but it is still subdued enough to wear to your Supreme Court confirmation hearing.