Tropical Treasure Necklaces

by Chris Rehkop.
(Ashland, MO)

Tropical Treasure Necklaces by Chris Rehkop  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Tropical Treasures Necklace

The first necklace features beautiful colored shells that ‘spoke’ to me; they made me think of treasure found on a tropical island.

The 2nd necklace speaks of ancient times.

Tropical Treasure Necklaces by Chris Rehkop  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Tribal Gathering

I used vintage Peruvian beads, bamboo coral, turquoise howlite and silver beads, and added a Mayan calendar pendant to complete the look.

I recently entered both pieces in a juried art show in my community (first time I’d done this); although my designs didn’t receive an award, at least they got public exposure.

Chris Rehkop
Chris’ Closet

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  • I can almost smell the pina coladas, Chris! šŸ™‚ The bright colors of these beads are gorgeous against the black. The vintage Peruvian beads have a terrific old pattern that works well with the smaller beads you chose to accompany them.

  • mary ferland says:

    Wow, both pieces are stunning. I especially love the second one which has a Mexican vibe that I like.

  • Chris Rehkop says:

    Thank you Rena and Mary for your positive feedback. It’s always fun to get other peoples’ reactions to new designs. Both necklaces will travel to Hawaii next January for another show.

  • sharon roncone says:

    They are really nice pieces with beautiful use of color. What did you string them on to get such a nice Drape?

  • Chris Rehkop says:

    Thank you Sharon! The 1st necklace is strung with a double strand of fine filament, the 2nd necklace is strung on .5mm leather for durability.

  • Rita says:

    Lovely work Chris. I love them both. I also work with shells a lot lately and find Iā€™m hooked on making jewelry with them. The colors in both necklaces are beautiful! Good luck at the next show.

  • Chris Rehkop says:

    Thank you Rita! It always fun to discover new ways to use found items creatively.

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