April showers bring May flowers, and this is the theme of May! We have been blogging about the color trends for each month, and for May we are a bit more specific. This month, it is all about pretty pink petals!
Starting with my one of my favorite beads: cloisonne, these are both unique and colorful, full of brilliant hues from pastel pinks to deep blues amid designs of flowers, animals, oriental or geometric patterns. Named for the ‘cloisons’ or cells that are filled with agate-based enamel and framed with gold or silver wire, the majority in my collection feature beautiful flowers. On the left, a dark scarlet background contrasts those pretty pink flowers and green leaves. On the right, are a more unique pair. Charming blue fish have rosy, flowery fins that complement any outfit, swimmingly! If you’d like to know more about the history and details of how cloisonne is made, check out my previous blog post here.
Ruby Fuchsite (also known as Ruby in Fuchsite) is our next entry with it’s pale or deep ruby carved flowers on a pale to medium green background. It was formed from ruby crystals embedded in the fuchsite. Perfect for pendants, the contrasting colors make quite a statement with their delicate carvings of detailed leaves and blushing petals. Found predominantly in South India, I have several unique Ruby Fuchsite stones in my collection, including a wrapped pendant at the North Carolina Arboretum.
Delightful millefiori glass beads are our last feature. Millefiori glass, from the Italian words meaning “thousands of flowers,” has a beautiful flower pattern within the glass that is full of brilliant colors! On the right are classic, black squares the intrinsic, warm flowers dotting throughout it. On the left are bright crimson ovals with simply floral designs. Both are absolutely lovely and perfect for bright summer days! Our honorable mention are these aqua millefiori glass earrings that have light aqua blue flowers stretched across their unique shape. Even though the flowers aren’t pink, they still deserve a mention in this post!
As a final thought, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers out there!