They reminded me totally of pomegranates and so I turned them into fruitlike earrings.
Then there were those hollow silver beads, formerly part of a piece of jewelry from an exotic place.
I knew the moment I saw them on the vendor's table, that I wanted to make earrings with them. They are battered and worn, with dents in the beads. These conjure up visions of a nomadic enchantress in my head. (I know! Just where do these ideas come from?)
So, the beads have been repurposed - reborn, so to speak. I replaced the wire going through one of the beads, as it was an unsightly repair (thin wire), added chrysocolla beads and handmade earwires.