Pismo Beach: 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." Much like all us gorgeous women - chic, modern and imperfect.
You'll see in this strand, the sapphire crackle has one sapphire bean bead threaded in. There's also one smoke heart bead. Can you find it?
A strand like this one takes approximately 20 hours to create, design and hand make.
- 95 Bauhaus turquoise round flat
- 60 Bauhaus sapphire crackle glass square
- 30 Bauhaus sapphire gold trim 3 sided large
- 40 Bauhaus sapphire gold trim 3 sided small
- 1 Bauhaus smoke gold trim heart
- Each gold trim bead was painted with 24k gold. Almost 100 years has given it a satin sheen
- 14k Toggle clasp
- Longest strand is approx 32"
- 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.