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« on: July 02, 2005 12:56:11 PM »

I'm going to make a necklace and earring set.  I just bought a chocolate brown top.  I wanted to use brown and/ cream glass beads.  Can this work with sterling silver or is it better with gold filled chain or it doesn't really matter?

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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2005 01:01:13 PM »

personally, i'd use gold...it would go with the "warm" tones.  but i'm sure it doesn't really matter.

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2005 09:50:02 AM »

Hi shiningstar --
I used to be pretty much of a traditionalist when it came to using all-'warms' or all-'cools' in matching up beads colors & metal colors. ...

However, two things have suddenly changed my mind about this:
(1) the huge recent jewelry trend that pairs genuine turquoise stones or beads with 'gold' instead of the usual traditional silver.  Back in 60s for example, silver+turquoise was SO common as to be, well, almost 'boring', y'know? ... ... and
(2) falling in love with/simply *having to* own a stunning (& quite expensive) chunky handmade sterling bracelet chock-full o' dangles in genuine tigereye plus huge lampwork beads done in striking tiger patterns/colors --- all the tigereye or similar jewelry I'd ever owned before (or had ever seen) was done in the much-more-traditional 'gold' rather than sterling. ...

Suddenly it dawned on me ...in jewelry, color pairings which are less-common, less-traditional --well, shall we go ahead & say it: "less-PREDICTABLE"! -- can be fabulous and even useful.
Even people like me -- whose *wardrobe* colors & styles tend to be too often traditional and, er, ok borrring -- can very easily spice things up with numerous slightly-surprising jewelry colors & styles. 
In fact I just managed to go soo far out of character as to make myself a necklace pairing up a huge brilliant-orange & yellow handmade glass focal bead flanked by two big fancy sterling beads ... hey, it's a start dontcha know! And I couldn't believe the compliments I received on it; sheesh, couple of folks tried to buy it right off  off my neck. 

Well, bottom line here is:
Just Go For It -- first try the rather-less-predictable combo of silver w brown & cream.
If it turns out that you absolutely cannot tolerate it -- well, one great thing about making your own jewelry is that you can always RE-make it, in this case with the rather-more-traditional gold instead.

« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2005 11:42:23 PM »

I recently did an earthy necklace with bone, stones, and wooden beads - mostly all brown and cream, and I did it using silver findings and such, and it turned out fine.  There are no rules...don't worry.  Try things out, and if you don't like them, you can always change it.

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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2005 08:45:53 AM »

I agree with Ayn--unexpected combos are much more striking, and you can always change it if you don't like it.  Also, how about copper with brown, or a couple of different metals?

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2005 08:58:18 AM »

The coolest thing about brown:

Brown is a combination of all 3 primary colors.  This makes it a NEUTRAL tone.  Best thing about neutrals?  They're neither cool nor warm.  That works out perfectly, because it means you have a choice!  Gold used with brown calls more attention to the amber and warm tones in the bead.  Silver with brown will have a tendency to pull attention to the more chocolatey, beige-y overtones.  Personally, i use brown with sterling silver quite often, and people dig it Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2005 10:31:11 AM »

I recently used both silver and copper with brown - love 'em both and they both have a different vibe to them.  So I say depends on the design - whether it's more traditional or more funky and mod.

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