A Designer with a Big Heart

Artbeads President and Chief Jewelry designer Cynthia Kimura wanted to share with everyone the story behind one of her favorite necklaces. Here’s what she had to say about the inspiration for her fashion ideas.

I like to mix contradicting materials together when I design because it brings a sort of balance to everything, like combining something delicate with a rough element. When I received this big Swarovski crystal as a present I immediately fell in love. It is so elegant with its long, slender shape and light-reflecting details that it would be perfect to pair with rougher-looking beads.

I had a strand of mother of pearls that I bought 2 years ago in a trade show. When I put it against the crystal, I knew I had an amazing combination. To create a transition for the heart pendant from sophisticated to rough, I used a TierraCast antique silver-plated pewter with large spiral pinch bail. Its sleek, silver shine contrasted with fun spiral patterns was the perfect balance. I also added the 14mm Antique Brass Swarovski Pearls in order to maintain the elegant look of the heart crystal. When going over how to finish the necklace, I wanted to keep a simple style that wasn’t overpowered by large pearls and the brilliant pendant. So, I used this beautiful antique copper-plated chain, which is really easy to use. The big oval links are actually jump rings so there is no need to cut it.

This necklace is quickly becoming one of my favorite pieces. The idea of balancing rough and delicate must be a popular trend because every time I wear this necklace, someone will ask me where I bought it!

Cynthia Kimura,
President and Chief Jewelry Designer


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    • Gloria Patterson
    • April 19, 2012

    I thought is was a cool man’s necklace until I spotted the heart! I like it. Very edgy!

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