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Turquoise Nugget and Orange Sponge Coral Beaded Necklace with Southwestern Flavor.

I fell in love with the huge (33 x 30mm) turquoise focal bead I placed at the center of the necklace, and wandered around the bead shop trying to figure out something different to do with it, when I spied this incredible strand of deep orange-red, stick-shaped, legally farmed sponge coral. This is some of the most gorgeous sponge coral I have seen in a long time - the individual pieces are long and thick (each is almost an inch long, if not longer) and have the most lush color!

So I started playing with my beads, and found 2 smaller matching turquoise nuggets in my stash; added some sterling silver love-knot spacers and sterling silver round beads, and decided to leave the beaded portion of the necklace short, rather than continuing it all the way around to the back - I did this for 2 reasons: 1) I felt the necklace was dramatic enough as is, and to keep adding coral would actually take away from the design, and 2) I started thinking that if the coral went all the way around the neck, because of the 3-dimensional way it stacks, that it might end up poking the wearer in certain spots, which is seldom a good thing!

So I decided to finish the necklace with oxidized sterling silver chain, and I chose a toggle that echoed the love-knot pattern in the spacers, and placed it at the front as an accent.

Total necklace length is 16.5 inches.

Matching earrings available here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/53141945/turquoise-sponge-coral-beaded-earrings


Turquoise & Sponge Coral Beaded Necklace


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sponge coral, gemstone, turquoise, sterling silver
  • Only ships within United States.
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