I had several different "jumping off points" for this design:
-Some Discovery Science Channel shows the kid and I watched that had to do with different possibilities for "earth-type" planets somewhere out there and also some information about all the trash and junk floating in orbit around OUR planet. (Even in space, we humans can't seem to do anything without leaving a big ol' pile of garbage behind.)
-A strand of Czech glass beads that resembled frozen chunks of "space ice" to me
-Bead colors and shapes representing many different elements of outer space - planets, moons, rings, suns, black holes, etc.
So here's a close up of my "ring" world - it's a frozen icy world (represented by moonstone) surrounded by a giant ring of frozed blue ice. Nearby is a black hole (represented by a deep midnight blue 5 Fish lampwork bead swirled with small specks of glittering silver).
In this part of the galaxy, three rings show the impact points of many meteors - similar to the surface of our moon. Nearby, a planet of frozen green-blue methane gas (represented by one of Sue Bead's transparent aqua lampwork beads) spins through its orbit.
In this section, a frozen chunk of "space ice", possibly from a comet that has broken up, floats next to a strange, purple planet and an unusual orange nebula.
Here's another view of the entire necklace - towards the back you can see a couple of deep green planets, a water world and even a couple of small silver flying saucers. Hey, you never know who might be traveling out there on the fringes of the galaxy.