I had these giant chunks of rough-cut amethyst lying around, and had been debating what to do with them. Then I got a hold of some cultured black pearls, and I really loved the way that the amethyst chunks brought out the purple in the pearls' iridescence. Since the amethyst beads weren't all the same shade, I laid them out with the darkest beads at the ends of the necklace and the lightest three beads in the center, creating a subtle ombré effect. I finished it off with sterling silver spacer beads between the pearls and the stones, to protect the pearls from the rough surfaces of the larger beads.
Amethyst, cultured pearl, sterling silver