Latest Purchases: Some Neutral Statement Necklaces

I’ve been on the lookout for a great white and silver statement necklace for the last year or so, and I’ve been looking especially hard over the summer too. As it happened I ended up coming across all four of these over the after Christmas sales!! I was particularly thrilled about finding these two pearl ones as they are both super fun as well as being rather dressy. The pearls on the black ribbon I picked up for $3!!!
As I can’t find any of these online I took pics myself. They should all be still in stores though. :)
1. This necklace was a gift but I know it’s from Myers as I helped choose it – it’s by Basque. The silver beads are so lovely and shiny and it makes such a great statement piece. It’s bigger than it looks here and is quite heavy too, although I hardly notice it when it’s on.
2. This necklace was from Diva at Melbourne Central. I’ve actually looked for it in a couple of other stores and they didn’t have it – it’s not online either. So if you’re in Melbourne, there were quite a few there. I imagine it’s new stock so hopefully it will be around if you like it. I absolutely LOVE this necklace. The pearls are a really nice white and it has glittery rhinestone beads too. 

3. My $3 pearl necklace was from Target. It was in the sale racks but there were a few of them left when I bought it. It’s really pretty. It has large bobbly pearls alternating with rhinestones and black beads. I love the black satin ribbon too.
4. This was another necklace from Diva. They have it in both gold or silver findings (and I think there were some different colours too). It’s a great simple white statement necklace that is going to go with everything (it is especially pretty against solid black though). If you look below you will see my little refashion.
The necklace actually came with two strands. It sat a bit funny on me so I clipped one of them off with my jewellery pliers. I’m not sure what do do with the other strand yet. It may become a bracelet, or another necklace. :)
So if you are in Australia and looking for a neutral statement necklace I hope this might be of help. Oh and Lovisa have a few lovely white and gold ones at the moment too and there is a pretty white beaded  tassel one still at Myers (not online either I’m sorry). 
I haven’t come across that many on the International sites lately to recommend unfortunately. Shop Style or The Find are great places to search for them if your interested.
I think I might do a 5 ways with a white necklace in the next few days too.
What’s your favourite style/colour of neutral necklace?
PS: The big white daisy clip in the top photo is from Lovisa. They have lots of fun daisies at the moment!

5 Ways: BaubleBar Cobalt Maracas Gem Bib

A fairly simple 5 Ways this week. I came across this amazing bib necklace at BaubleBar during the week. I absolutely love the style of this! It’s got quite an exotic, playful quality but is also really modern and stylised too. I have actually seen a few similar versions about this season. This one here though is by far my favourite in terms of colour and metal.

Bauble Bar necklace

As this piece is such a statement in itself I styled it really simply here and let it be the focus of the outfits. I chose colours that both highlighted and complimented it – pink, light blue, navy, black, silver and white (of course it would also look incredible with many others too). I love the work outfit in particular – imagine wearing this with a suit! – so fun! I think the black sets it off the most though. For me it’s the prettiest in these looks.

5 Ways BaubleBar Cobalt Maracas Gem Bib

Click image for other item details at Polyvore
I just grabbed these clothes from the vaults but most should be still for sale. :)

This set was inspired by the Type 4 (Bold/Striking) Dressing Your Truth style. You can learn more about Dressing Your Truth at their site or there is lots to see at youtube too!

Which look is you favourite?? How would you style this lovely piece?

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Refashion of the Week – Dream Catcher Necklace x2

50% of jewellery at Just Jeans this week. A good time for a bargain.  A good time for a refashion.
I originally bought just one of these necklaces to wear as a necklace. I thought it was a fun design and absolutely loved the charm pieces it had on it. When I tried wearing it though it just looked weird on me. I knew it wasn’t right. I was about to take it back to the shop when inspiration struck – Buy another necklace – Refashion of the Week.
Breaking up the first necklace:
Here is what I made:
1. A simple earring. There was an extra join at the bottom of this piece that I cut off with jewellery pliers. (I talk more about this in a previous refashion here).
2. Another simple one. Just put this on the hook.
3. For this one I incorporated a couple of beads to make a simple drop earring.
4.  I used one of the smaller end pieces to make a drop stud. (I did a DIY on how to make studs here).
5. These are my absolute favourite ones here! I’m going to love wearing these! I had some tassels left over from a previous refashion that were waiting for the right bead to finish – and I found it! Yay! I put these on clip-on findings as they are quite long. ( I talk about this here)
6. These ones came straight from the necklace.
7. I really liked these black pieces and they ended up going perfectly with these flat white beads I had. TIP: I put a little glue on the head pins to stop the white beads from moving about.
8. I’m not sure if I’ll wear this as a necklace yet. I think some basic black beads could look really good on it (I don’t have enough to try it out for you here at the moment sorry) but I quite like it simplified as it is. I hope to turn one of these into a bag clasp. if I do the pic will be going here.
The necklaces were $12 each.
I found these black discs in my refashioning box today – some leftovers from a previous refashion (I think it was from a necklace as well) that I’d completely overlooked! I’m going to love these as earrings now.

How To: Basic Waterfall/Cascade Necklace

Here’s a tutorial for a simple waterfall/cascade necklace. I absolutely love this style of necklace and they are really simple to make. The basic idea is to create short links of beads and attach them to a main necklace chain.  You can add more chains and links to make a more complex necklace, but this tutorial will focus mainly on the simplest style.
You’ll need: About half a metre of jewellery chain (medium to larger width chain will be best), assorted beads (generally larger beads work better for this style),  head pins, eye pins,  jewellery pliers, necklace clasp. About 30 to 45mins.
For more information about basic jewellery techniques see my previous posts here – Changing hooks to sterling silver and How to make basic beaded earrings. I cover a lot of the techniques in more detail there.

1. Decide on a basic style. I think the simplest styles often look the best.
2. The first bead goes on a head pin. This will generally be the largest bead but you can mix it up.
3. Bend the head pin back to 90 degrees and cut back to about 1cm.
4. Create an open loop using the jewellery pliers.
5. Get your second bead and place on eye pin.  
6. Bend, cut and loop the headpin as the first bead.
7. Attach the closed eye pin loop to the open loop headpin of the first bead and close with jewellery pliers.
8. Add subsequent beads in the same manner.
9. Once you’ve finished a string of beads, use the open loop on the top bead to attach to the chain. Close with jewellery pliers. Make sure you are attaching beads to the central piece of the chain.
10. Keep making strings of beads and attaching to chain. Space them as you wish. Make sure the chain lays flat and that you’re attaching the loops to the bottom links of the chain.
11. One you’re happy with the number of beads we can begin the finishing touches.
12. Cut back the chain to desired length with jewellery pliers (you can also open one of the a loops to remove chain as in step 15 here – I find it quicker and lazier to judge the length I’ll need by initially cutting back though).
13. I like to leave equal lengths of chain on either side of the beads.
14. Insert the tips of the pliers through the last link to open it. You can also use a second pair of pliers to pull it apart – I usually find this method easier myself.
15. Place a necklace clasp on to the last link and close firmly with the pliers. There are several different types of findings you can use. I’ve chosen to use a simple parrot clasp here.
14. I’m finishing the other end of the necklace off with an extender chain. You don’t really need it here as you can clasp directly onto the chain – but I think it finishes it nicely.


This necklace cost me about $10 in material. Bargain!
Chains come in a variety of different styles, sizes and colours. So do necklace findings. I generally use parrot clasps as they are secure and fairly strong. The springs in necklace findings don’t always work too well. If you have an option of buying better quality ones I’d go for that. Some of the cheaper ones have broken on me straight away – others have been fine. Other types of findings include magnetic, screw in, toggle and hook.
This style of necklace makes it really easy to create some amazing and unique designs. I’ve compiled a page of design ideas at pinterest here. I included a couple of good youtube tutorials that show how to make similar styles of necklace. If you’re new to making jewellery I suggest watching these as they show how easy it is! 

Some other ideas to try are:
  • Mixing different styles, colours, materials of the beads.
  • Mixing beads up with charms.
  • Hanging lines of chain between the beads – or using just chain.
  • Adding lines of chain between bead loops. This works best when including a split/jump ring between the chain and loops. This is a necklace I bought at Target last year.

  • Attaching beads to a chandelier finding rather than a chain.

Love to see and hear about your creations!