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The Pearl

This sample article was published on page 4 of the Fall 2004 issue:


Having already received a 28" strand of beautiful 6.5-7 mm akoya pearls from my grandparents in my twenties... and hardly ever wearing them... imagine my pleasure when I received another equally gorgeous strand of 9-9.5 mm akoyas from my husband and daughter one Mother's Day years later... "Oh Honey, they're beautiful!" I exclaimed... wondering what I was going to do with a second strand of pearls!

After much pondering.. (I don't know about you but I find that I am my worst client!) I finally came up wiht an idea that has since become one of my signature items. I made my pearl necklace into a necklace with pearls and believe me... I wear it much more often this way. This has become a perfect recyclable! Many women have more than one pearl necklace, and no matter what shape or size they all conform nicely to this concept. The basic idea is to incorporate gold and silver with gemstone elements as connectors or elements and the look transforms the pearls immediately.

The following images show the variety of pearls that I have used and each time I do this kind of work it amazes me that each piece is totally different from the previous one.

Pearls continue to fascinate me especially the newer, more available and more affordable Australian South Sea and Tahitian black pearls. My most favourite are the Tahitian pistachio shade. I love the life that all pearls have and enjoy using them as foils to other gemstones and materials.

As the saying goes, well sort of... I haven't met a pearl I haven't liked!

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