I started out with sparkling crystal beads. The yellow beads are a lovely warm sunshine yellow and the emerald green beads have a dark rainbow sheen on one side, which makes them appear teal. As the earrings swing, the different sides of the beads display their color.
As I started putting the beads together, the colors made me remember visits to the Topkapi Palace Museum when I was little. I have been there sooooo many times. Some days the weather would be just perfect, sunny but with a cool breeze. And I used to imagine myself living in the palace, strolling through the lush gardens, and having picnics on the green grass. Oh wait... I still do that... Adding the vintage filigree pieces completed my Topkapi palace memory.