I've always loved pearls. My husband gave me a lovely strand as a wedding gift, and as many of you know, I spent the early part of this year creating pearl and crystal jewelry for my niece's wedding. Those pearls were white, but I've also worked with freshwater pearls in deep purple, lime green, Autumn gold, peacock blue, and other rich colors! Pearls also come in some surprising shapes beyond the basic round, looking like everything from a stick to a piece of cereal! But whatever their color or shape, pearls add a look of luxury, sophistication, and beauty to jewelry designs and fashion.
Shapes, sizes, quality, color, luster, and other factors help determine price. While you often "get what you pay for" when it comes to pearls, it's also delightful that you can get nice-quality pearls at reasonable prices, and interesting, wearable pearls for even less! It's all what you want at the time.
My selection today is a 1/2 strand of freshwater pearls I bought at my favorite local specialty bead store, aptly named, The Bead Store. :-) They have an interesting rectangular shape, are wine colored with lots of shine, and interesting black spots along the ends that look rather "burnt." These are what I've decided to use for my entry in Michelle's "Pearls! Pearls! Pearls!" Blog Hop.
Maybe a pearl expert can tell me if those dark ends are a bad thing,
but in the meantime, I rather think they just add character and charm!
I was immediately drawn to these pearls, but had a difficult time trying to decide what to pair with it. I had purchased a lovely jasper donut-shaped stone pendant at the store to use with the pearls, and also bought some unique metal pieces while there. When I got home, I could not decide between one of these or something else! Decisions, decisions!
In the end, I went for this beautiful pottery pendant made by Marti Conrad of Marti's Buttons-n-Beads. I've been saving this quite some time--
I purchased this handmade pottery pendant
(and the matching pottery beads shown below)
from Marti Conrad's Etsy store,
I added Greek Mykonos beads, copper rondelle beads,
and blackened round brass beads.
I also found some Czeck Picassa glass beads
that matched the color of Marti's beads very well and added those!
There is blackened chain in the front and the back,
for a slightly different look,
inspired by the 1920s.
I'll add small handmade darkened copper clasp in the back.
I wish I had some glamorous dress from the 1920s to go with this, but in the meantime, I think it will look great with more casual outfits too! (That's the fun of pearls!)
I hope you've enjoyed my entry in the Pearls blog hop! Please hop over to the other entries too!
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