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I'm continuing my mermaid-themed sea pieces by 'Ariel's Dream' and this piece. When I was expecting my daughter and pondering nursery themes and shower invitations, I steered clear of the whole princess culture and was drawn to the more mysterious mermaid (or merrow of Irish lore) culture (Disney aside). Although I never did create a mermaid's nursery and we did not even have a shower for Elsie Rose, she has always been my mermaid-girl. And of course she is as drawn as all little girls to Ariel of Disney fame and has even named a recent rescue kitten 'Ariel.' So there you go.'Ariel's Dream' is designed around the dreamy lampwork beads by Catherine Steele. Amazing glass artist, Catherine creates beautifully detailed sand, beach & seascape lentil shaped beads with waves of soft lavender punctuated with sand-colored sea creatures & sand dollars. Her beads often remind me of paintings. Extraordinary work. The focal of the bracelet is an amazing sculptural etched starfish bead by Catherine. All of these lampwork beads are handcrafted bead-by-bead and kiln-annealed overnight for strength and durability. These whimsical, otherworldly lampwork beads are surrounded by a tidepool of lovely beads in lavender and hues of sand colored topaz which pull out the colors of the beach in Catherine's lampwork. Everything works together harmoniously. You will find Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes including the elegant faceted briollete beads, Swarovski curve & round pearls, tiny lucite frosted drop flowers, freshwater pearls, Thai Hilltribe silver beadcaps, daisy spacers and small dangling scallop silver seashells and starfish in sterling silver from the Hilltribe artists. Punctuating the piece are two stunning silver sculpted roses by published clay artist, D. Jean Vainio.The bracelet measures about 7.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional charge.
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