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Shakespeare's Hamlet and Ophelia's part in it starts out like a classic Hollywood movie.  So much so that I can imagine even the first sets of audiences in London wanting to yell out in frustration when one or the other doesn't profess their love for the other.  At least in a Hollywood love story we are usually rewarded in the end with the hero and heroine's embrace and love ever after.  But alas, this is a tragedy.

This month's challenge from the Art Bead Scene blog is the painting Ophelia by Odilon Redon.

c. 1900-05; Pastel on paper mounted on board, 19 7/8 x 26 1/2 in; The Woodner Collection

I've been wanting to use That Bead Girl's Sapphire with applied gold lampwork bead for some time, but the ideas I had for it never got me beyond the sketching stage.  This painting and a Calla Lily brooch in my collection were the catalyst for this design. 

Navy blue and yellow artisan necklace by Honey from the Bee

The calla lily is a symbol of a return to purity and chastity after death and were used on the graves of youths that have met an untimely death.  The Romans also used them as a symbol of sexuality, which also seemed appropriate for Ophelia and Hamlet's story.

Calla Lily focal by Honey from the Bee

An inheritance from my Aunt included some fabulous vintage faux lapis beads.  They're glass with touches of gold.  They're an incredible blue and the gold touches are organic and different on every bead.  They are really spectacular in every way.  (Even though I knew the likelihood of these being real was extremely unlikely (a Vanderbilt I am not) I smashed one to see what it was made from.  Hope dashed!)

Lapis blue and yellow artisan necklace by Honey from the Bee

I recently purchased a pair of wonderful honeybee beads from KerriBeads and she included some honey colored spacers as a generous gift.  I used them in this necklace to highlight the gold color in the brooch, centerpiece bead and faux lapis.

This is a reversible necklace!  One side represents Ophelia's return to innocence and purity with the watery art glass bead peaking out.  Turn the necklace over and the art glass bead is in the forefront and the calla lily becomes hidden beneath the water.  Wear the latter side to work and flip it over for evening wear!  I hope you enjoy the romance behind the piece and it's realized in your own life.

One of a kind Lampwork Necklace by Honey from the Bee

"Soft you now!"The fair Ophelia! — Nymph, in thy orisons

"Be all my sins remember'd."  Hamlet

One of a kind Artisan Necklace by Honey from the Bee
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It is simply stunning. I

It is simply stunning. I especially like that it is reversible because it deserves to be worn!

Really beautiful, I love that

Really beautiful, I love that color.

Lovely... beautiful colors

Lovely... beautiful colors

Gorgeous creation! Calla

Gorgeous creation! Calla lilies are a favorite of mine! If those imitation lapis beads were real they would be worth a fortune with all its gold tones! Vintage beads are always fun to work with. ~Val

What a great interpretation

What a great interpretation of the painting! Beautiful!

Oooh la la, this is really

Oooh la la, this is really gorgeous my friend!!

Beautiful! I like the way you

Beautiful! I like the way you incorporated the lampwork bead and the pin so that the necklace could be worn on either side.Therese

So elegant!

So elegant!

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