And the original necklace for comparison:
The project theme was announced at about the same time that Swarovski announced their new spring innovations, and I thought that the new chrysolite opal color would best match the green flowers. Unfortunately, this color was not yet in stock at Artbeads.com, and it isn't available in the top-drilled bicone shape anyway, so I settled on the peridot hue instead.
I also paired it with aquamarine...
... and rose, for all three flower colors on the cloisonné beads.
The flower design is a variation on the Sakura Charm pattern, which is available at beAd Infinitum.
The new necklace is shorter than the original, and I think that the crystals lend a much brighter air to it as well.
What's your favorite way to reimagine vintage jewelry?
Full disclosure: The swarovski crystals used in this necklace were received as a gift from Artbeads.com. No payment was made for the review of these products.