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This necklace was created for the Etsy Beadweavers' December challenge, theme being Arabesque.

Here is my interpretation of what arabesque is:
Arabesque is flowing leafy , organic patterns largely influenced by Islamic art, which oftentimes turns into even more ornate geometric patters that are based on the sacred geometry of the stars and living things. Even some Medieval Christian art, especially found in codices are a good example here.

I decided to pick a classic Islamic pattern, deconstruct it, and use it without repetition, while maintaining the look of an elegantly flowing , light weight, easy to wear , relatively small bead embroidered necklace.

Different shades of blues and gold are often used colors in Islamic design. I decided on two shades of turquoise and azure blues, accented with tiny red Swarowskis and a lovely blue star sapphire. Almost impossible to see on the pictures but the star sapphire actually has the star, right in the middle as it should, a beautiful and rather large sapphire it is...

The backing is antique gold lambskin. Very soft and luxurious against the skin.
Thanks for taking a peek, and please make sure you come and vote for your favorite entry this month's challenge between December 9th and 15th
right here: http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/

The Sultana's Necklace- Bead Embroidered Statement Necklace


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: lambskin, seed beads, fireline, star sapphire, swarovski crystals
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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