Enough of that! I spent the day making a real ruby necklace. First, I spent hours trying to find where I hid my rubies, and didn't find the ones I wanted to find. I did find the ones that I bought a few years ago and never dared make anything. This is the year for courage.
The beads were graduated in size and color. When I first got them, I called up the seller and asked why they sent me dyed rubies. I found out that they naturally come in different shades of ruby--even white. (I also know there are many shades of sapphire including different colors than blue, and rubies are related to sapphires.)
The construction went fairly fast and I was able to finish them and wear them that night to dinner. The rubies are hand faceted and drilled. Sometimes the hole was a little small, but I used a smaller beading wire. I used 14K gold beads and a 14K gold clasp--only the best. This was not an economy project. It's my birthstone, after all. It turned out very beautifully.
|Happy Birthday to me!!!!!!!!|