Silver heart

I love the combination of leather and sterling silver. This necklace was made on a whim a couple of weeks ago. It’s inspired by several necklaces in the Sundance Catalog, which carries a gorgeous, but pricey range of jewellery. I used tiny Thai silver beads stamped with flowers, wire-wrapped freshwater pearls and a Thai silver heart, also stamped with a flower, and knotted them along a long piece of black leather.

Thai silver is a purer metal alloy than sterling silver, up to 99% pure compared with the 92.5% silver in sterling. In theory that means it doesn’t tarnish as easily, and retains its bright lustre.