Necklace set | Artisan lampwork focal beads, metallic freshwater pearls, celadon jade, green aventurine, faceted crystal ovals

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Necklace set | Artisan blue/gold swirl lampwork focal beads, metallic iridescent freshwater pearls, celadon jade, green aventurine, 

Artisan (Laurie Wright/designerbeads) lampwork blue/gold swirl rondelle and oval focal beads.
Gold bronze barrel bead.
Semi-precious stones: celadon jade ~8mm rounds; green aventurine 6mm rounds.
Freshwater pearls: antique copper cornflake pearls; metallic iridescent gray 6-9mm pearls; peacock Baroque 6mm pearls.
1930s Czech golden honey faceted crystal ovals. 
Gold bronze glass seed beads (spacers and under-strung lampwork focal beads).
Bronze 3-ring extender toggle clasp; artisan bronze crimp covers; gold-filled findings.
Strung on 49-strand beading wire.
Necklace length/weight: 20-21" + pendent/1.7 oz.
#202339E

  • My work is offered as necklace/earring sets (demi-parure). If you don't wear earrings, the earring pairs make lovely gifts.
  • I work with artisan and other beautifully designed toggles and clasps. Helpful hint: Practice hooking and unhooking the clasp; visualize this while doing so without looking.
  • Please take care to avoid knocking or dropping beads against hard surfaces. Many beads I use (glass, ceramic, etc.) are breakable.
  • Bead descriptions are based on bead vendor information and the best of my knowledge.
  • Colors viewed may differ from actual colors due to device variances.
  • Packed in a gift-ready window-lidded tin (anti-tarnish tab enclosed).

Dark Poet Designs | Unique Bead Jewelry

Los Ranchos, NM
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Meet the Maker

The name Dark Poet Designs was lifted from my once-upon-a-time one-line resume:

"...wife, mother, Girl Scout leader, bookkeeper (in both senses), dark poet..."

I am a retired elementary school teacher who has been designing bead jewelry for over 25 years. Originally, I hosted in-home studio shows. Over time, teaching and Argentine tango became my focus. I kept creating, but quit actively marketing my work... until joining goimagine.

I create necklace/earring sets, earrings, and an occasional bracelet. Each of my designs is one-of-a-kind. I frequently use mid-century vintage glass beads, usually post-war Japanese, German, or Czech. Other materials include semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, crystals, seed beads, glass rondelles, raku or ceramic beads, contemporary artisan-made beads in various media, and sterling silver or bronze beads and clasps. 



Thank you for visiting my page. To see some of my past work and browse through some interesting links, visit my old website. My work is for sale online exclusively here at goimagine. Some of my work may be seen on Instagram. I'm also on Pinterest, Facebook, and Tumblr.

— Karen Reck | Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico


P.S. I haven't written a dark (vampires, ghosts, and demon lovers) poem in several years. 

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How it’s Made

Notes on this piece: I've collecting a lot of lampwork beads by contemporary artisans, The glass focal beads for this set were crafted by Laurie Wright/Aluminations. This design went through at least three versions while I work to get the focal beads in the positions and spacing I wanted for them. The palette combines warm and cool metallics, incorporating freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones. The pale green/celadon colored jade are stones I've had for quite awhile, and ones that evoke the calm of their soft hue. I also used a bronze barrel bead to create the "pendant" and added two near-antique (1930s) Czech crystals to the earrings. The toggle clasp allows for up to one inch adjustment to the overall length.

My designs are inspired by the beads, by their color, shape, size, and origin.

In my first years of bead jewelry design, I had to see and/or touch the beads to know what I wanted. After years of experience, I can confidently shop online (fortunately, during these times) and have a growing list of “go-to” artisans, vendors, and brands for my supplies. 

My design descriptions include a list of “ingredients” used in each design.

Some designs come together quickly and organically. Others are re-worked several times, even if I’ve already attached the clasp with crimp beads and crimp covers and need to completely re-string.

Designs are often “retro-classic” as my OOAK designs are bead-centric with a nod to mid-century costume jewelry, rather than inspired by current fashions in jewelry designs or color trends. Add a pinch of whimsy and my personal take on color palettes.

I work on felted bead boards to calculate the length of each necklace (usually “matinée” length 20-24”) and to hold the beads I’ve selected for my design. Sometimes I change my mind mid-design and put away many of the beads I’ve been working with, then search for or order others. I usually work with 49-strand .018 or .019 gauge bead wire, which allows stringing back under a half-inch or so of beads after the crimp bead and clasp are attached. I work by creating my design on the wire, rather than try to lay out the complete pattern, as it’s important to see how the beads will hang and to pick compatible spacer beads.

I use sterling or gold-filled, and occasionally copper, ear wires and headpins, and often create “mis-matched” earring pairs.

The weight and length of each necklace are listed in case you have a preference for lighter or more substantial pieces. (I enjoy both.)

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Please contact me if you have any questions about your order, my work, or my terms.

Shipping
U.S. shipping is FREE/included in price (First Class).
Time in transit may vary depending on USPS.
Estimated packing/shipping times: 2-5 days.

I will accept returns if you:
Contact me within 5 days of delivery.
Ship items back within 7 days of delivery.

Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs.
Item(s) must be returned in their original condition and in original packaging.
Refunds will be issued after I've received your return.
Custom orders cannot be returned or exchanged.

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Shop Reviews (1)

Ohhh, what a lovely necklace. What I purchased was actually listed as a lanyard, but I will be using it mostly as a necklace where I'll use the sterling lobster claw clasps to hold various pendants. The red glass beads are beautiful. Quality is excellent - I can tell it was made with love. Sturdy packaging, lanyard was presented in a super classy windowed tin. A real pleasure to do business with Dark Poet Designs. ♥♥

Shirley Walle

12/02/2022
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