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Green and Gorgeous

The winners of the March 2018 Facet Design Challenge
Green Design Challenge hero

For our third color-themed Design Challenge of 2018, we asked our readers to focus on the color GREEN. So many shades available in this palette: sage, emerald, moss, bottle, pea, olive, sea, bluish or apple. We don’t wish to contradict the sage wisdom of a certain frog, but when it comes to making jewelry, it's so EASY to be green!

As we embraced the color of emerging spring in March 2018, we were overrun with lovely pieces of jewelry. Be sure to check out all of the stunning submissions here. But we narrowed it down to five final designs worthy of a win! 

We lead off with our Reader's Choice Award, as voted by our Facet readers!

Readers Choice Flutter By Garden

The overwhelming favorite piece for March 2018 is Flutter-By Garden, designed and stitched by Melanie April Harris of Spring Hill, Florida!

Her stunning piece is made from all size 11/0 seed beads. It began by using only shades of greens. But then, Melanie tells us:

I first constructed the twisted herringbone rope as the base for the necklace. Then, using herringbone stitch for the bell flowers, I attached them and filled in with lots of leaf fringes with some Swarovski crystals. When I finished this step I felt like it still needed more, so, I used brick stitch and made some pretty monarch butterflies, using wire and Swarovski as the antennas, then stitched them into the necklace. The clasp is a pretty bell flower as well.


Autumn Forest
AUTUMN GARDEN, designed by Karin Granstrom

This next winner was submitted by Karin Granstrom, who hails from Limhamn, Sweden. 

She describes her fall-inspired necklace, Autumn Garden, as "a lot of Russian leaves hanging on a string made in Toho beads using peyote stitch and brick stitch for the neck string."


Tree of Life
Tree of Life, designed by Lisa Tornello

Lisa Tornello of Teaneck, New Jersey, USA, is a repeat winner of the Facet Design Challenge! Learn more about Lisa and the piece that captured the Design Challenge title back in August 2016 right here. 

She tells us this about Tree of Life, her submission to the GREEN Design Challenge:

This gorgeous jasper immediately reminded me of the beautiful lush rolling countryside we had seen on our trip to New Zealand. The tree was hand-fabricated out of Argentium silver wire and sheet strips twisted and shaped, then fused onto the base. I then solder the bezel onto the other side and cut out the background revealing this incredible little stone landscape. It is hung from a jade & leather necklace.


Fringed green kyanite
Fringed Green Kyanite Necklace, designed by Adrienne Gaskell

Adrienne Gaskell of Saint Petersburg, Florida, is the next winner of our March challenge! Adrienne, one of the premiere kumihimo jewelry artists in the United States today, tells us this about her Fringed Green Kyanite Necklace:

Rough cut green kyanite is combined with a fringe of carnelian, Swarovski pearls, sterling silver cubes, and seed beads. The necklace is finished off with a custom sterling silver & carnelian chain. The hook fits into five different positions for varying lengths.

I love to wear it short with the chain draping down my back for additional interest.

Interested in learning more about Adrienne and her work? Check out her website,! She'll also be teaching at the Bead&Button Show in MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, in June of 2018, and at Creative Connections, a new premiere jewelry-making retreat in Asheville, North Carolina, in October of 2018.  

Frog Prince
Frog Prince, by Susan Cologne

What do Elsa's Frozen Treasure (December 2017),  Under the Solstice Moon (February 2017), Amulet of Power (May 2017), and Frog Prince (March 2018) all have in common?  

They are all pieces of jewelry that have won the Facet Design Challenge, and they were all designed by Susan Cologne of Richmond, Virginia! 

In her work The Frog Prince, "an exquisite porcelain frog sits on his golden leaf beside his little fluorite pond waiting for true love's kiss." Susan used bronze wire in her wrapping and wire-weaving, and spiral peyote to stitch the seed bead rope that completes this stunning necklace. 

 Learn more about Susan in this interview here on Facet, or on her Facebook page,

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