Hmmm. Interesting. What to do, what to do? So this is what I did . . . . .
I made some necklaces.
With some beads that I had tucked away. The stones above are actually amethyst. The straps vary in width from 1/8" to 3/4". The wider straps are from scraps of leather that I picked up over the years - a bag of offcuts for a few dollars or pounds.
This is probably my favorite - a double stranded Lapis version with metal spacers.
And they double up pretty well.
The skinnier straps are from leather from my local craft shop. It is quite thin so I doubled it up. The leather is then attached to a a couple of metal clasps that are used to clip onto ribbon.
I then strung a few beads together with some small clasps on each end so that the straps can be changed out if I prefer black instead of brown, etc., and also so that I don't need to have a strap for each necklace.
Good grief - where did these all come from?!
I love this version of pearls with Swarovski crystals in between!
And look what I found in my local Fabricland - small strings of beads all matching nicely and looking good together, ready to be made up into some lovely necklaces!