San Marco: A Pretty Gurl Bijoux Prototype

To celebrate the opening of a new store a few months ago, my favourite bead store had a 50% off sale on everything at all of their locations (they seem to be doing quite well for themselves and are now up to six locations in and around Montreal).

I took it as an opportunity to buy supplies I wouldn’t normally purchase, for projects I really wasn’t sure would work out. Among my purchases were a whole pile of flat metallic filigree-type discs which I envisioned connecting together in some way, creating a breast plate, of sorts…truthfully, my vision wasn’t too clear at the time.

Here’s what I came up with:

Not quite a breast plate…it’s not dense enough, but it is still quite a large piece…interspersed with the gold-coloured metal discs are bright blue and metallic crystal tyre beads.

The chains are a hodgepodge of old and new gold and gold-ish chains, put together with a vintage clasp bought from Black Tulip Designs at last year’s bead expo in Montreal:

I’ve christened this piece “San Marco” after St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice which is just filled with gold mosaics, interspersed with beautiful glints of colour…as far as new designs are concerned, I think it’ll be a beautiful addition to my Byzantium collection.

What do you think? Could you see a piece like this, or similar, fitting into your wardrobe?


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