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The world is full of wonderful things-- among them-- Chinese art.

This necklace was inspired by a Qing dynasty porcelain saucer depicting a Western skating scene in fuchsia and gold.

The pairing of the art glass beads was serendipitous and the wirework connecting them just happened! From there, this piece-- specifically the balance of color in it-- was a challenge.

The moonstone mimics the semi-transparency of the fine china well and the dark peacock pearls pull off the not-quite-black of the detailing on the plate. Rhyolite and pyrite for the bits of green, lots of copper and brass for the frame work and clothing colors.

This is a complicated piece in color and texture and it will go beautifully with your purples and pinks, dark olive and army greens, greys, blacks and whites.

This piece features:
Winged sculpture in glass by Megan Ellis
Electroformed art glass by Jennifer Cameron of GlassAddictions
Iron pyrite (fool's gold)
Freshwater pearls
Rainbow moonstone
Old African copper and brass
Beading cable


The easy to use, secure and lovely hook clasp and all other metalwork is handformed (by me) copper.


19.5" (49cm)

Frequently asked questions about thebeadedlily

PLEASE contact me before shipping items back. Anything that fits into a piercing is an intimate item. If you realized that the wrong size was ordered *before* the piece was tried on the item is still eligible for return/exchange. Please understand that my 'you wore it, you bought it' policy is for your own protection.
So much of my work is custom and personalized, but as long as it's something that I offer in my shop, as opposed to something that we designed together, it's still eligible for return/exchange. If you're unsure if something qualifies, please don't hesitate to ask.
As long as your item hasn't shipped I'll gladly cancel it. Once it's in the mail it becomes a return as opposed to a cancellation.
If something is wrong about the piece you receive, please send me a photo as soon as possible so I can get it straight for you.
-with the exception of custom items we're working on together.
The thinnest gauge I work with is 28g and is almost threadlike.
26g and 24g which are also very delicate.
22g and 20g are about the size of most earring post or hoops that you would find in a typical jewelry display.
18g is slightly thicker and what we're normally pierced with. It may be uncomfortably snug in an ear lobe for just a bit. It's used for cartilage piercings and nostril jewelry.
16g is the beginning of gauged jewelry and fairly typical for cart and nose piercings.
14g is often purchased for septums and statement pieces.
I also often have 12g and 10g in stock. Thicker gauges may be available via special order.

Your piercer can tell you your gauge if you're unsure.
The most popular inner diameters for nose hoops, helix or cartilage, tragus and rook rings are 8mm, 9mm and 10mm.

Conch rings start at 10mm id.

Measure three times or get help, preferably using a millimeter ruler, for accuracy. Measure a piece of jewelry that fits well, from inner wall to inner wall across the widest point. Or measure the distance from the edge of your piercing to the edge of your piercing or the relevant body part. For a looser fit add a millimeter.

Loose is better than tight, which can hurt. I can size your jewelry down for the cost of shipping if your hoop is too large, but I can't do much about jewelry that is too snug.

Here's an online ruler:
14k Gold:
yellow, white or pink
58.3% gold, 41.7% alloy

Gold Fill:
yellow or pink
tube of 14k gold filled with base metal
low cost alternative to solid gold
high quality alternative to plated metals

Niobium and Titanium:
gunmetal or white, respectively
nonalloyed, pure, hypoallergenic
perfect for extreme metal allergies

Sterling Silver:
bright white
92.5% silver, 7.5% alloy-- usually copper
oxidizes, polishes up quickly with baking soda scrub

warm red orange
nonalloyed, pure
patinas, cleans up nicely with acids like lemon juice or vinegar

copper and zinc alloy
patinas, cleans up nicely with acids like lemon juice or vinegar

merchant's lady-- pearl, gemstone and art glass necklace-- handmade by thebeadedlily

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: glass, iron pyrite, quartz, rhyolite, freshwater pearls, rainbow moonstone, copper, brass, beading cable
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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