Since I have been to India, I feel quite inspired by some of the jewelry I saw Indian women wear. They wear some amazing jewelry, just for every day, and especially for weddings. Just seeing what some of the women were wearing while shopping was breathtaking. They take a lot of pride in their jewelry.
So, I thought, why not take some ideas from the jewelry I saw. See what I might be able to come up with in seed beads instead of the gold and metals of the original.
Here are two pieces of Indian Jewelry.
I liked the design concept of the top one. A simple triangle with layered flowers on top. Or at least what looks like flowers to me. I made one of these elements. A base of larger seed beads, layered on top with Delicas and small flower beads. Once I made one, I didn't think that making 3 of these for a similar necklace was what I wanted to do. I never want to copy/imitate something exactly anyways, no matter how ancient the piece may be.
Then I saw the second piece. I liked the way the strap was made. To me it carries just a little of that Art Nouveau feel with the bottom portion curving down from the main strap. So I gave that idea a go.
So put the two together and below is what I got. I am not done yet. I still have the strap to finish in some fashion and I want to add some sort of fringe to the pendant.