I had never worked with Cubic Zirconia Beads or components prior to making this piece. I knew CZ was a less expensive alternative to diamonds and was often seen in settings similar to those you would find for diamonds and precious stones but did not really consider them as something I would use in my jewelry. So when Artbeads.com asked if I would try designing something with them, I was excited by the challenge. I quickly realized that CZ beads come in a number of shapes and colors and as soon as I saw these long teardrops, I knew this was what I wanted to use.
They are absolutely gorgeous, sparkly with rich colors and facets that play with the light. I laid them on a blank piece of paper, took my pencil in hand and started sketching. I came up with the idea to create squiggles out of wire to separate the CZ teardrops. After considering silver and copper, I decided on brass and I knew I wanted to darken it to accentuate the golden and red tones of the CZ’s. I also added crystals in warm colors with the exception of the tiny olive crystals that cool down the heat of so many warm, fiery colors. Black spacer beads and two lengths of handmade brass chain complete the design.