This was an interesting find for me, and I thought I would show them off today. The photos here are of coral beads I picked up at one of my local bead shops, during a trunk show the shop was hosting. Beautiful, aren't they? The pattern of the beads is reminiscent of paper parasols or perhaps chrysanthemums and reminds me of Japanese obi cloth.
Apart from the general beauty of the beads, though, the thing I find interesting about them is that they are not ordinary coral beads - they are made from fossilized coral.
I have been working with fossils quite a bit in my work this year, so I love finding new types of fossils to incorporate into my necklaces. I have to admit, though, I also like working with coral. The fact that these beads are fossilized - agatized in this case, where the organic material in the prehistoric coral has been replaced over time with agate - and therefore do not have the same potential environmental issues as other coral beads, makes me happy, too. While these beads are a nice caramel color, I've noted that you can also find beautiful fossilized coral in pink/red tones (either natural or enhanced) on the market, as well.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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