Channel Islands: Named for the breathtaking California beaches where Amanda grew up.
Each strand is one of a kind. I scatter a few non matching beads here and there because I never want my pieces to be "perfect" You'll see in this strand, the indigo tube has one sapphire bean bead threaded in. Much like all us gorgeous women - chic, modern and imperfect.
A strand like this one takes approximately 20 hours to create, design and hand make.
- 60 Bauhaus sapphire gold trim 3 sided
- 80 Bauhaus sapphire gold painted faceted round
- Each bead was then painted with 24k gold. Almost 100 years has given it a satin sheen
- 1960s Japanese indigo tubes
- 14k Toggle clasp
- Longest strand is approx 36"
- White glove packaging
- 5% of proceeds from Retro collection are donated to LLS
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These beads are composed of hand blown German glass in the Bauhaus style during the 1920’s. The innovative design studio was breaking ground in the new “Modernism” industrial ideology making art more vivid.
Their bold ideas led the way to Impressionism, Pop Art & Minimalism. These gorgeous beads range from interlocking oviform in frosted neon to multi-faceted round intense sapphire painted with 24k gold.
During WWII the factory was bombed reducing it to rubble. Designers vanished. Molds broken. It was decades later when the family went to rebuild, the beads were found in the debris.
Since they cannot be reproduced, the beads are rare and highly prized.
My husband and I were traveling through Europe when fate intervened and we met the family over dinner. By dessert, I had purchased as much of the collection as possible.
All retro jewelry is designed by Amanda Uber using the rare beads along with the principles of Bauhaus, Pop Art and Minimalism as inspiration.