MMP: Red dZi Bead
You never know what is going to work! This necklace front (a Magpie's Magnificent Piece, or MMP) has at least two elements that are definitely not my favorite things: red beads and a big clunky kinda primitive-looking bead. However, it turns out that this goes with a lot of my clothes (who knew!) and is really comfortable (amazing!) and has turned out to be one of most-worn recent pieces. I am really astounded.
I don't really have anything against red beads per se. I have lots of them. I just never can figure out how to use them in jewelry. And big beads are similarly difficult for me, and generally speaking, I just don't like the ancient worn look. The centerpiece bead here reminds me of the dZi beads I've seen in articles over the years, and is not terribly appealing to me on its own. But somehow, all together, I like the way this came out.