I've used the term "chunky" necklaces for my work in the past; however, there are negative connotations with that term and so I am replacing "chunky" with "statement" - a much more descriptive and accurate representation.
The photos on this page are some of my favourite single and multi strand statement necklaces that I have created. The summer of 2008 is when I started making jewelry but, it is only in the past couple of years that I have attempted more complex necklaces.
|Off centre open front choker made by JoyD, May, 2014.|
|Three tones of grey, faux pearls and ceramic necklace. Created by JoyD. |
Photo by JoyD. Spring, 2014.
Sometimes I wonder about what sells and what doesn't. I made this piece for the winter show, 2013. It didn't sell. Now, I'm wearing it. I love it with a grey sheath dress I wear to work (please note the grey shades are not true in my photograph). Many people admire it and ask about it, but it never sold. All I can suggest is that perhaps it does not have "display" appeal; kind of like a "lost leader". There are two shades of grey faux pearls bordered with the pale grey-white unglazed ceramic beads. I bought the "beads" from a potter in France and visualized "success". No such luck!
|Three strand necklace and matching earrings in|
white quartz, Czech glass beads & silver spheres by JoyD, April 2013.
I refer to this necklace
and earrings as the "dancers' set" because it is designated to be given for a silent auction fundraiser at the end of May, 2013. The creation process for the “dancers’ set” began with a consideration of colour trends for Spring 2013.
When a colour trend arrives, I suggest and continue suggesting that you introduce it through your accessories. Therefore for the spring of 2013, and as I worked through compiling the piece, I thought of how it should compliment the trends of white lace, black and white stripes and the popularity of the statement necklace. I used "large" Czech glass seed beads, white quartz and lacy silver plated spheres in the creation of this three strand necklace and drop earrings.
|Two Strand Coral Necklace with Medallions|
"Not My Baba's Korali"
Made by JoyD for the Pavlychenko Folklorique
Ensemble Fundraiser, May, 2014
I named this piece "Not Your Baba's Korali" and donated it to the Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble in Saskatoon, SK for their fundraiser in May of 2014. Because this is a Ukrainian Folk and Ballet Ensemble, I decided to research the jewellery historically worn in Ukraine. Although it is difficult (I think illegal) to bring coral from Europe, Chinese dyed coral is readily available here. Thank you to Doreen who bought the piece and for taking the photo.
Spring 2013 started with my personal passion for blue even though green is the chosen colour by Panetone for the season. Multiple strands were first on my "to do" list and then single strands which were a tad more chunky were next.
|Single strand, green stones with gold findings, Spring, 2013.|
|Pale green stones, frosted crystals, and gold accents to create a multi-strand necklace for Spring, 2013.|
|Multiple strands of turquoise stones, silver chain, black cord and silver crosses, Winter, 2012-2013.|
|Multiple strands of coloured stones and coral, silver chain, black cord and silver crosses, |
|Triple strand of black quartz with large faux pearl|
This is one of the last pieces I made before leaving for France in the spring of 2012. The black quartz teamed with the large faux pearls is a statement piece I may decide to keep for myself if it doesn't sell at the summer sale in June. (Too bad for me. It sold!)
|The Cara Collection focuses on turquoise and this is the first piece of the spring 2012 grouping.|
|Turquoise from the Cara Collection, March 2012|
|Repeating smoky quartz disks, aqua shell disks and faux pearls are compiled for the new statement piece in 2012.|
|Pink Faux Oversized Pearls & Crackled Quartz with silver discs, Spring, 2011|
|Thank you JH for the photo received March 12, 2012|