This one-of-a-kind necklace was made by Elizabeth Johnson and features her handmade glass berries. It includes nineteen Blueberries in varying degrees of ripeness from green through red, purple and blue. The glass leaves, beads and cones used in the necklace were all made by the artist. For strength the necklace is constructed on 49-strand beading wire plated with 24k gold, double-crimped with 18k yellow gold crimp beads and fastened with 18k yellow gold wire and clasp. The overall length is 17.5 inches.
The flower star on each of these glass blueberries has been somewhat thickened and the edges have been rounded. This is to protect them from breakage and to make sure there are no sharp edges to snag on your clothing.
These glass beads are hand-formed one at a time in the flame of a torch. The glass is melted over a looped copper wire "stem" so that the stem can never be pulled free from the glass. The various surface colors that make the blueberries look so real are achieved by custom-mixing several colors of glass, or by completely melting in up to twenty coats of powdered glass that have been sprinkled or layered onto the surface. As a result the color will not rub, flake or chip off and no two blueberries are ever exactly alike.