My local bead shop in Eustis, Florida, Beads and Beyond, was having a pre-Christmas sale. I was intrigued with the variety of pearl strands in harmonizing earth tones and thought I'd like to put together a multi-strand necklace that featured them. I bought five or six different strands. I thought I'd vary the monochrome color scheme with some cool accents, so I played with adding some of the coin pearls I had used on Zara's necklace. In my stash I found a handful of matching cool-toned round pearls I had used on Jayne's necklace last year, having just enough color difference to spice up the earring clusters.
Then I couldn't figure out what to do for a focal point. I returned to Beads and Beyond and found something that answered all my fabrication requirements: a mother of pearl piece set in a silver bezel, with three soldered silver eyes each side on which to attach the pearl strands. This piece had another wonderful advantage: it was also a well-engineered closure. One of the trio of eyes was in fact mounted onto a folded hinge that inserted into a slot in the bezel. The necklace would open and close at the front, not behind the neck.
Eight chain segments from oval and round jump rings in antique bronze were made to join the sequences of the copper colored pearls. I had purchased antique bronze crimp beads, using them to make my joins less conspicuous. Using satin gold Beadalon, I strung my strands and copper-colored pearl sequences.I set off the coin pearls either side with small silver beads, and used silver crimp beads to join the strands to the mother of pearl closure.
I used antique bronze earwires and headpins for the earrings. With the headpins I made looped dangles of one pearl each, attaching seven of them per earring to a jump ring, then opening that ring to attach it to the loop of the earwire.