I've gotten in some amazing pearls- South Sea, Akoya, Tahitian, and freshwater- and wanted to share some photos of what they've become. I love playing with the different types of pearls and seeing what I can make with them. Right now it's hard to call a favorite, the new Kasumi look-a-like pearls (freshwater) are so interesting and of course Akoya pearls are the standard necklace pearl, but I think I still lean towards South Sea pearls. Big bad baubles that brighten up any design!
Simple little bracelet with rainbow colored sapphire faceted rondelles and a single silver South Sea baroque pearl.
One of my favorites, this bracelet is composed of shimmering scapolite faceted rondelles and a single golden South Sea baroque pearl.
Here's one of the Kasumi look-a-like pearls in action. Kasumi pearls are bead nucleated freshwater pearls from Lake Kasumi-ga-Ura, some 40 miles northeast of Tokyo, Japan. Rare and expensive, they've found a cult following for their natural coloring and rippled surface. The enterprising pearl farmers in China have started cultivating these gorgeous pearls, making it more affordable to own a striking pearl. The rest of the bracelet chain is hand fabricated from faceted peach freshwater pearls and white freshwater keshi pearls.
This wedding inspired bracelet showcases white freshwater off-round and potato pearls alternating with creamy scapolite wire wrapped to double lengths of 14 karat gold fill chain.
A pair of AA+ lavender freshwater pearls take center stage as the drops for the sterling silver ear handformed ear wires.
Watermelon tourmaline slices and white keshi freshwater pearls. The keshi pearls that I got in for this necklace were so beautiful, smooth surface with great luster. Perhaps the highest grade keshi pearls I've had in so far.
Yellow, orange, and padparadscha sapphire rondelles alternating with white freshwater keshi pearls. This set of pearls has a more organic shape than the necklace above, but that's actually the look I was searching for with this necklace.
I had gotten in a pair of AAA Akoya pearls that needed a nice showcase and I was looking to set some loose gems that I had- this is the result. London blue topaz round gems in 14 karat gold fill wrap settings and London blue topaz faceted wire wrapped pears flank the pretty pearls. Akoya pearls are saltwater cultured pearls, and when you think of the classic pearl necklace you are thinking about them.
Here's a little something different from the previous earrings- white freshwater potato pearls with 14 karat gold wrap bezel set Swiss blue topaz pear gems. Sweet, petite earrings that are a far cry from your everyday pearls.
Strawberry wine themed treasury featuring my Andromeda earrings- rhodochrosite, pink tourmaline, scapolite, fine silver, sterling silver, gold vermeil.
Green is the colour treasury featuring my Midnight Garden necklace- pink topaz, pink tourmaline, green tourmaline, oxidized sterling silver.
My Dolce necklace makes an appearance in this cute pink themed treasury on the bottom row second from the right. Composed of rose quartz, pink topaz, pink tourmaline, and pink topaz hanging from a 24 karat gold vermeil twist jump ring on a 14 karat gold fill necklace. Sweet!
A riot of feminine colored gemstones burst forth in this lovely creation. The focal is composed of a 36 carat round checkerboard faceted ametrine (amethyst and citrine in the same stone) topped with a cascade of delicious gemstones. This lush display includes sapphire in shades of pink, green, violet, and blue along with pale green prasiolite, step cut dark purple amethyst rondelles, raspberry pink tourmaline pear briolettes, and tourmaline in shades of blue, green, and pink. A large, smooth sterling silver bead tops the gems and holds them securely in place. The chain is entirely hand fabricated by wire wrapping large amethyst hand faceted rondelles, pink amethyst octogons, prasiolite cross drilled cubes, and rock crystal faceted nuggets with sterling silver wire. Two bursts of colored gemstones place asymmetrically along the length draw the eye along the length of the chain. It closes with a sterling silver hook and eye clasp flanked by dark purple amethyst faceted rondelles.
The necklace measures roughly 23 inches long, with a nearly 2 inch drop for the pendant.
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!