I've heard from my partner, Solange in France, that her bead soup has arrived. Now I can post what I sent to her! I wanted to find something that was unique to Israel, but that just didn't happen. I am close to only one bead shop and it's actually quite similar to many of the shops in the States. I looked and looked but there just wasn't a focal bead that I was pleased with.
What I did find was a stone pendant. I loved the shape and that it's turquoise, as stones are one of my favorite materials. There is a lot of turquoise in the Southwest of the United States, where I grew up, so it felt right. Starting with the pendant, I also chose my favorite toggle clasp by TierraCast (Made in the USA).
I've never had a problem with silver and turquoise together, but years ago when I saw turquoise accented with gold I was hooked. On top of that add in warm shades of bronze, rust, brown, green and this redhead is a happy camper!
Following that color thought, I added (left to right above) wood, turquoise nuggets, creamy fresh water pearls, peachy picasso Czech glass, round turquoise, burgundy glass, bronze potato pearls, turquoise tubes and a variety of antique brass accents, like spacers and links, to the soup.
I can't wait to see what my partner does with my choices! I have seen her work and it's beautiful so I expect to be very impressed!