Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wear It Twice: Victorian Blush

Whether you’re a bead weaver, stamper, or polymer clay smoosher, one of the best things about making jewelry is experimenting with shapes. Today I came across this gorgeous Victorian-esque choker necklace with gorgeous charms and drops. The combination of flowers, squares, circles, and briolettes has instant appeal.

Little Details

With so much going on in one little necklace, I tried to keep things simple with outfits that would make a great backdrop, keeping the little details like lace, fringe, and embellishments in perfect balance. I love the hint of garnet right in the center of the collar, which would be a great excuse to put on some very sassy red lipstick. The blue and turquoise stones are also small enough to leave room for extra pops of color in shoes and accessories.

If you like this necklace style, I highly recommend checking out the ideas gallery at Vintaj Natural Brass for some quick fixes, or try some of these charm and choker tutorials:

Metropolis Necklace Project from

Elegant Crystal Necklace from Cut Out and Keep

Painted Rhinestone Necklace Project from Bonnin Designs

Proenza Schouler Style Scroll Necklace from Honestly...WTF

Wooden Fringe Choker Tutorial from

For a little perspective, here are some of my favorite Polyvore collages featuring today’s picks:

New Items on Polyvore

teal and khaki

Untitled #762

When making statement jewelry, do you focus on colors or shapes first? What’s your favorite stand-out component?

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