In any event, here are yesterday's flowers - which are not quite in their end state - since I haven't decided if they will be pendants, connectors or earrings yet. The picture below uses some fabulous faceted dark blue lapis lazuli rondelles surrounded with coated labradorite rondelles. The coated labradorite is similar to having an AB coating on glass beads - it just enhances the flash of the bead - and makes it more white than blue. The beads are ultra-sparkly. I think I was hoping these two would be for earrings, but they are slightly different lengths and I'm not sure there is anything I can do about that (except compensate with the ear wires?).
I also made a gemstone flower using a faceted black onyx center with the same coated labradorite beads and one that uses a rounder center bead of faceted opaque red garnet. It looks a bit like a low grade ruby in this picture - but it is garnet. It is surrounded by hematite rondelles.