A Piece of Spring

by Rae Ann Bayless.
(Little Rock, Arkansas USA)

On my recent sojourn to Tucson for the Gem and Jewelry Shows, I became enamored with Moss Green Opals.

RBayless: A Piece of Spring 1

Out of all of the multitudes of stones, the Moss Green Opals were calling me this year. My eyes were drawn to them as they seemed to jump off the tables to me.

The small, faceted ovals used in this piece were some of the first beads I purchased on my first day of shopping – I bought the whole hank!

RBayless: A Piece of Spring 2

Later in the week I bought the larger, smooth ovals used in the piece as well. While I did not have a design in my head yet for these stones, I knew I wanted a light brown focal piece to use with the faceted ovals.

I never found what I was looking for in that perfect focal piece on my trip.

When unpacking my Tucson boxes after their arrival, the week following my trip, I fell in love with the Moss Green Opals all over again.

Turns out, I already had the perfect focal piece in my stash to complement the faceted opals – a beautiful piece of carved Jade. I paired the carved Jade with both the small and larger Moss Green Opals to make this unique, one-of-a-kind necklace.

The Moss Green Opals – the first beads bought at Tucson this year, the first beads used out of the boxes and the first piece of Rae Ann Creations Spring 2015.

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  • Kristin says:

    That is just beautiful! Great job and great eye for such stunning stones!!

  • zoraida says:

    You’ve created an incredible piece of jewelry! I love the colors and your overall design. Beautiful!

  • It was meant to be – the moss green opals chased you till they caught you. 🙂 The opals are a lovely mixture of colors, and they work beautifully with your interesting necklace focal. Love that asymmetrical design too! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous piece, Rae Ann – and the story of how the stones collected you. 🙂

  • Leah says:

    You created such a beautiful necklace. I can see why you fell in love with those beads!

  • Sarah R says:

    Love it! The opals you used are one of my favorite colors. I really like the asymmetry in your design. My dream is to make it to the Tucson gem shows one day!

  • Aruna says:

    Wow that is so beautiful. I love what you created.

  • Tasha B. says:

    Everything just goes so well together. Graduation from small to large, the range of colours of the opals then the jade. I’m loving this!! Nothing before it’s time as my Aunties would say, nothing before it’s time. It’s like we have these beautiful treasures waiting to be used and everything comes to us at the right moment! Beautiful, Rae-Ann!

  • Linda says:

    I love, love this asymmetry, beautiful design work!

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