Torsade necklaces are one of my favorites. They can be so colorful and bear very earthy qualities because a great many of them are made of gemstones, semi-precious stone chips, seed pearls and other types of beaded stones. They usually consist of three-to-five strands that are twisted around each other to look like one solid piece with a rope-like effect. “Torsade” means “twist” or “cable” in French. Examples of the Torsade necklace have been found in ancient Egypt.
My first memory of Torsade necklaces dates back to the mid-80’s when I went on a trip to Maui with my parents and we stayed at the Hyatt Regency. They had a gift shop there among the hallways filled with luscious trees, plants and waterfalls. In the window of the gift shop were the most beautiful necklaces. One in particular I remember was one done in red and white chips, perhaps Bamboo Coral and Mother of Pearl. There were several and I was in awe of each one.
I created a few Torsade necklaces back in 2007 and 2008 and just recently got back into handcrafting them. This morning I was up well before dawn and started working on my most recent Torsade necklace, which consists of Lapis Lazuli, Magnesite, Blue Lace Agate and Quartz in blue shades. I completed it with a fancy silver box clasp. It is 19″ in length. I’ve listed it in my Etsy shop for the reasonable price of $64.75. Below is a slideshow of the necklace and here is the link to the listing!