Sunday, July 25, 2010


May I suggest a good book if you are interested about beads, and their history, and their power. As much as I love metal, and being able to manipulate it, I love beads, just holding and touching them, and their personal importance to me. A String and a Prayer, written by Eleanor Wiley, and Maggie Oman Shannon, tells the story of the bead, and it's meaning in our lives as prayer beads. As I started to read this I realized that a lot of my pieces are just that, prayer beads, telling my story, beads with personal significance. Subconsciously I have been creating these types of necklaces for a long time, I just thought of them more as my faith pieces, but reading this I have learned new ways to incorporate real significance into some of my pieces.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book, and what it will bring.

On that note, here are a few new earrings celebrating my passion for beads.

BTW, does anyone recognize the orange oval veined beads? I love them , but lost the name of them after I bought them.

available on etsy here


stregata said...

Lovely earrings, Sharon. I will have to check out that book - it sounds intriguing!

Cindy said...

Beautiful earrings, Sharon... I am especially drawn to the blue and silver pair...those are some of my favorite colors! This book does sound like a great one. I just started the Outlander series, but never seem to find time to read. :-(

Studio Sylvia said...

Pretty earrings Sharon. Unfortunately I can't help with the name of those beads.

Cinnamon Jewellery said...

They're lovely beads.
Maybe Variscite or Impression Jasper?

steufel said...

Unfortunately I don't know the name of the stones but both pieces are lovely!

Pretty Things said...

I've not heard of that book, but will have to look it up! Have you read "The Secret Life of Gems" (I think I have that moderately close to right).

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Sharon,
your new earrings are beautiful.
Thanks for your visit and kind words.
Have a wonderful day.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Beautiful and Beautiful dear Sharon and why am I not surprised that there is deeper meaning in your jewelry creations ... seems to fit

the oval beads really speak to me
Happy Monday!

Terri Kahrs said...

So lovely, Sharon! But then again, I always love your pieces. As artists, I think we leave a part of ourselves in our work - your beautiful spirit shines brightly in these earrings! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Anonymous said...

beautiful earrings! not sure about the stone.

Lesley said...

It's strange when enlightenment dawns from an unexpected source on something very meaningful in our lives. This book is definitely speaking to you Sharon.

Your earings are stunning as always.

Steph said...

Absolutely gorgeous ear rings, Sharon!!! Thank you for visiting my blog.I'll definitely be following your blog.

Esther said...

beautiful beads Sharon.. very interesting post.. i love beads, theire energy .. don't know all the names but each one can speak to us.

Charm Bracelets said...

They look serene in their very significant colors,no I do not know the name of the beads but they look divine.


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