Before I had kids, I had a jewelry making hobby. And then I had kids and having lots of little beads + little hands … well. I stopped, for the most part. I’ll pick it back up someday, I hope – I enjoyed it, and I love the materials. (I have all my gear, it’s in the closet). (That’s why I do most things, I fall in love with the materials).
You’ve noticed I have an *issue* with natural stuff – leather, cotton, wool, wood? Same thing goes for stone. I love real stones. Our house is full of bits of rock. I don’t like plastic, and while I do like glass – you know, crystal vases, stained glass – I don’t particularly like it for jewelry. I like rocks. (I have a bracelet that just looks like small river stones … wear that thing all the time too).
This is one of the nicest pieces I ever made for myself. I didn’t get crazy, and I was careful about the clasps, so it’s lasted all these years (my oldest child is 15, so this is older than that). I wear it fairly often, it goes with everything and is my version of a pearl necklace. I wear the necklace and earrings together and separately.