Recently, I read the book, Vintage Jewelry Design:Classics to Collect and Wear by Caroline Cox. It is a history of jewelry styles from the 1890s to the present. I love to read about the history of jewelry and very much enjoyed the book. I highly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the history of jewelry design. When I read the book, I was very taken with the Art Nouveau movement. One of the things that inspired the movement was nature.
Reading about that made me think about making beaded leaves. Last fall, I wanted to make a series of beaded leaves in fall in fall colors. The first picture is some of the leaves I made at the time. Honestly, I am not sure they look much like leaves. But now, I am taking the idea and I want to use shades of green instead. I love the light green of new plants. According to Pantone, emerald green is the color of the year. I wanted to make some projects using emerald green. I didn’t have emerald green but I had forest green beads. I have started looking at leaf patterns. Here is what I have started so far. I am hoping to make beaded leaves and make them into pendant necklaces for my shop.