The dark green freshwater pearls in the first necklace served as the starting point for this piece, so I complemented them with silver, green, and dark brown seed beads to create the beaded beads. To achieve a more forest-y look, I strung the beaded beads with smoky quartz round beads surrounded by more freshwater pearls.
The second necklace features four lampwork beads by glass artisan Alex Shapiro. I found these beads at his booth at the BABE show a few years ago, and just fell in love with the dark blue color and the hint of sparkle in these beads. I made three beaded beads to match these lampwork beads, woven from Czech glass, and pink, white, and blue Japanese seed beads:
If I could make this necklace over again, I probably would have used less pink in the beaded beads because they seem a bit bright compared to the pink in the lampwork beads...
Both of these necklaces are currently available in my Etsy shop!