Color Me Fall

Music pumped, beads bounced and fingers flew as I created for Fall this week. Necklace after necklace came quickly together.

I didn’t attribute my creativity to any one thing such as the power of a deadline or the magic of changing weather. Instead I just went with it.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Tortoise Shell Necklace

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Tortoise Shell Necklace

There’s no denying the sophistication of tortoise shell, especially when it’s framed with faceted smoky topaz. The play of light and dark browns with black creates excitement.

In addition to the contrasting colors, I enjoy the anticipation of crisp weather, colorful aspens and clothes that beg for additional décor.

“This one’s my favorite,” Barbara commented as she fingered the just-completed tortoise shell piece.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 38” necklace

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 38” necklace

In another new creation, I paired translucent stones shot with grays, blacks and browns with faceted spacers. The long, elegant, finished presentation made for an awesome choice. It sold before I could add it to my inventory.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 25” lava rock and fire agate necklace

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 25” lava rock and fire agate necklace

If you prefer a more original, organic feel then you may appreciate this lava rock juxtaposed with faceted, spider agate. The matte black and flattened round appearance of the lava rock provided a sharp contrast to the more rounded and highly polished agate bead.

No matter your taste, Fall colors and styles wait for you at my studio.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 24” 3-strand chartreuse pearl necklace

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 24” 3-strand chartreuse pearl necklace

How about an accent color? Think chartreuse. This lush necklace hangs beautifully and looks smashing on brown. It boasts more than five different types of pearls: button pearls, coin pearls, potato pearls, shaped pearls and baroque pearls.

My third annual studio tour happens in less than one month. Can I count on seeing you there?