Beading Babes #7 – Enchanted Rivoli Earrings

Crystal and silverlined rivoli earrings

I really haven’t done all that much with Swarovski crystals. They are lovely and all, but not the sort of thing I can nip down to the shops in without feeling incredibly overdressed. I bought a few of the classic bicones from eBay way back when, and of course they turned out to be knock-offs. I spent a silly amount per beads on some tiny bicones for a particular project, but they showed up the other beads so much that my pricey pretties are still in a box somewhere. Some beaders are obsessed with them, but to be truthful, I just don’t see the fuss.

My one exception is the rivoli. I haven’t done a great deal with them, but I am entirely smitten. When the projects for round 7 of Beading Babes were chosen, I was really quite happy to see a rivoli project amongst them. I was even happier to find that it only took two of my precious sparkly stones rather than a small truckload. I decided to use two silver-backed crystal stones ( see what I mean about not seeing the fuss? I don’t even know the colour names) and avoid the hassle of downplaying the shine by instead cranking it up to the max.  Time for a little bit of bridal style :-)

Crystal and silverlined rivoli earrings

A terrible photograph (which I will endeavour to replace ASAP) but a lovely little project. It is Enchanted Rivoli by Csilla Csirma, published in the Aug/Sept 2012 Beadwork magazine. The most interesting thing about these earrings is that instead of being constructed as a single piece like most small projects, it is made up of several layers of components. I was really pleasantly surprised with the thought that had gone into the design and construction of this project.

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