A lovely pair for layering, inspired by the high desert hues and rustic vibe of Taos, New Mexico.
Well, you've probably been wondering where I went...several days ago I said new pieces were coming and then I disappeared! I've been working long days on what I think is becoming a new series, my "Taos Series"...at least there's two of them so far (a three-necklace set is in my Etsy shop), and a third set is nearly complete. These are necklace sets that are made for layering, composed of small pendants on silver chains and maybe a larger, more dramatic necklace. They were inspired by the colors, textures and feeling of the Taos area, with its wild open mesas, the stunning Rio Grande Gorge, and the Sangre de Christo mountains. The palette is more subdued and cooler than most desert colors, favoring sage greens, greys, weathered browns and deep olives. Like Taos, the feeling is very earthy, grounded, and rustic, but also down-to-earth and unpretentious, organic, and accessible.
When I wear everyday jewelry I've come to prefer simplicity and usually throw on one or two favorite pendants on long silver chains. So that's the idea behind these pieces: you can mix and match them however suits you in the moment.
Also, I don't know about you, but I've lost count of the times I've gone into favorite clothing shops and just fallen in love with their aesthetic, only to be sorely disappointed when I take a closer look at their jewelry selection. Either they are made from the cheapest stuff imaginable, or they nicely made but boring...so boring I want to cry. But I love the layering that folks are doing now and I love all the little glimmery beads and fiddly bits in mixed strands of chains, so I decided to try and see if I could bring the Taos colors and vibe into that idea.
I don't know how many of these I'll make, but my worktable is covered with elements, beads and chain...so stay tuned, I'm on a roll...!