I'm slowly getting ready for my wedding (next Sept.) and I wanted to make a necklace to wear on the big day. My grandmother's pearls looked too traditional with my dress, so...
I saw ads for multistrand necklaces like these in several wedding magazines, so I decided to make my own. Using glass beads in white, ivory, cream, and clear/irridescent, plus some Swarovsky crystals and freshwater pearls as accents, I threaded about fourteen strands onto a pretty clasp. (This clasp is designed with two rings on each side, so each ring holds seven strands of beads --- that way, it lies flatter against my neck than it would if all the strands were bunched on one ring.)
I varied each strand's length slightly, and sort of wove them together as I beaded them, so that the strands all jumble together and don't look too "organized". To spread out my small supply of pearls and crystals, I put them mainly in the front of the necklace, and used the cheaper glass beads for the rest.
I liked that I could vary the colour of the entire piece with each new strand --- if it was too white (my dress is a bone colour) I could add more ivory or cream to the next strand, and the whole effect would be corrected.
Note: this picture is NOT my dress! (Just in case my fiance sees this... )