Oodles of new pearls listed in the gem shop. Best deal? Grab some Akoya baroque pearls. Akoya are saltwater cultured pearls known for their roundness- think classic strand of pearls- and baroque shapes are a bargain. Akoya baroque pearls are pretty interesting, too, in that they are rounds with little "tails". Here's a look at few of the new goodies.
White Baroque Akoya pearls 6-6.5mm available in full strands, half strands, and sets of 12. A full strand is $45.
AAA Akoya round pearls with rose overtone 5-5.5mm. I haven't gotten around to listing these yet, but they will be sold by the pair.
Gorgeous bead nucleated freshwater baroque pearls in shimmery natural shades of pink and lavender measuring between 7mm and 9mm. (Most freshwater pearls are tissue nucleated.) Sold in sets of 10 for $17.
Splendid white keshi freshwater pearls. Keshi pearls are all nacre, little accidental pearls as a byproduct of the culturing process. Satiny smooth surface with excellent luster, they measure 8-9mm and are sold as half strands for $18.
Shades of all natural pink colored keshi freshwater pearls, drilled longways measuring 6.5-7.5mm on average. Sold as a set of 12 for $12.
Gorgeous, romantic strand of shimmering, small, lavender-purple-pink off round and potato shaped pearls. These pearls have so much going for them: amazing luster, smooth nacre, unique natural color, and exceptional price. AA+ quality. Average pearl size is approximately 5.5-6.5 mm. Sold as a half strand for $16.
An Oddly Enchanting Gems shop customer sent in a photo today of a pair of earrings she had created using Akoya pearls that she purchased. They are incredible and I just had to share them with you.
Here's the description from her store:
Solid 22k gold earrings based on an ancient Roman design. I alloy my own gold mixture, the way the ancients made gold. Pure 24k gold is mixed with a very small amount of other metals to make it malleable and slightly less soft, while still retaining its beautiful, brilliant, yellow color. I draw out wire and mill sheet from this mixture. Days are spent making the tiny granules that are fused to the piece without solder. The gold domes are fabricated separately and soldered in place. A labor intensive, but very rewarding process!
Simple ear wires are fabricated from 20k gold, which is stronger and well suited for findings.
Two Akoya cultured saltwater pearls hang from each earring. There is no industry standard for grading, but these were graded AA+ based on GIA standards by a graduate gemologist certified in pearls. Along with the pearls, melon cut Aquamarine beads are hung from each earring.
Signed on the back.
2 inches (54mm) long
3/4 inch (21mm) wide
domes are 1/2 inch (14mm)
Shipping includes insurance and a satin gift pouch.
You could easily wear these when you go to accept your Oscar!
22K Gold, Aquamarine, Akoya Pearl, Roman Style Earrings
In my previous post I was quite optimistic about getting my knit and print shops open in the near future. It's December 1, and I'm still trying to catch up on the three Etsy shops I already have open! There just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished, so my to-do list is ever expanding.
I do have to say that the house is starting to look a lot like Christmas as I slowly put up all of the decorations. The tree is up, the stairway is wound with garland and lights, and the front porch is decorated with the cutest round "gumdrop" lights. I'm getting around to finding our stockings and the ornaments for the tree, as well as the icicle lights for outside.
In gem shop news, lots of sterling silver Pandora style beads have been listed- with more to come. New luxe pearls- Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea- listed. I'm debating on a couple South Sea pearls that I want to keep for myself. Lots of new focal beads to come in the next day or two- plenty of red, London blue, and pink topaz.
I finally managed to get a couple pages of listings in the luxe shop. I have so many more listings to put up, but the last set of photos were a complete loss. Dark, out of focus, and just plain horrible. The items up do seem to be liked as they've made their way into a dozen Etsy treasuries this past week. Toying with the idea of a live shopping page here- we'll see how that goes.
The main site is pretty spare right now. I've got plenty to fill it with, but the photographing, editing, and listing time are killing me. I think I'll concentrate on tackling it on Friday.
I hope that you're having a wonderful week, and that Thanksgiving was a delightful day with family and friends. My goal for December is to post EVERY day. Hopefully I can find something worth sharing every day- wish me luck!
A little bit about me. I'm an Army brat that's finally somewhat settled after a childhood spent....everywhere. We just moved to Upstate South Carolina, and I've got to say, I love it here!