Cabochons are the most time-intensive, expensive and complicated
jewelry that I create. They are also extremely satisfying and
rewarding. This is a way to highlight the subtle hues of color and
design in the original stone or shell by bead weaving beautiful beads,
Swarovski crystals and silver or gold around it, transforming a rather
plain piece of natural beauty into a sparkling, vibrant creation of
Cabochons are sophisticated, complicated necklaces made with a central
stone, shell or glass around which is a bead woven netting. Fringe is
added at the bottom and a beaded chain is attached. The variation in
stones or shells allows these pieces of jewelry to truly be one of a
kind. The colors and styles of beads are adapted to the particular
stone and to the preferences of the purchaser.
The initial stone or shell can be very inexpensive ($10-15) such as
many agates or abalone shells, or expensive ($100-150) such as some
types of jasper. The style, type of beads, and enhancement with silver,
gold and Swarovski crystals will affect the cost of the finished piece.
The cabochons are always unique, and colors and styles highlight the
specific stone or shell. They are also often designed in a particular
style or color depending on the preference of the buyer. These
necklaces may be custom made if the buyer has their own stone or wants
a specific color or style exhibited here.