Here's something that's different from almost everything I've featured here: macrame jewelry. It's made by Ifat Nesher of Ifat Creations, an artist influenced by the cultures of Israel (where she was born) and Europe (where she's spent most of her adult life).
What grabs me about Ifat's work is that she weaves elaborate patterns and then adorns them with handmade Murano glass beads from Venice or other materials, including terracotta, silver, metal or wood. The results are colorful and eye-catching.
The gorgeous neckpiece above features a handmade glass bead from Murano that's especially vibrant. Ifat travels to Venice to select beads like this herself.
She also uses Murano glass beads as the centerpiece of these lovely earrings (above). The beads are made with a special layering technique that produces the curvy, geometric patterns.
I admit, I have a soft spot for both of these pieces, having just visited Venice last fall!
The Sky Blue necklace (below) features a lovely Venetian blown glass bead.
Though Ifat makes rings and other jewelry, I really love her necklaces and earrings. There's something about his combinations of colors and textures in these pieces that make for interesting wearable art.