Pearls! Pearls!! Pearls!!! Blog Hop
September 14, 2013
Considered by many as the Queen of Gems.
When Michelle Buettner of
MiShel Designs issued an invitation to a Pearls Challenge blog hop, I jumped at the chance.
It was a great opportunity to really dig into my stash of pearls…
Cream, White, Pink, Peacock, Green, Bronze, Gold, Cranberry.
Coin, Baroque, Stick, Rice.
Love them all!
Gem and Bead Mall (San Diego and Las Vegas) is my pearl source of choice locally.
My first design showcases the largest creamy fresh water pearls I own…
I don’t usually use copper with pearls, so I was really excited to see how this developed.
I started with a strip of textured copper made from a piece of 1/4″ copper tubing
that I ran through a rolling mill.
Annealed, then textured on a brass design plate.
Twirling the strip into an elongated bead cap to form the pendant.
Adding wire wrapped pearls to a copper chain with a handcrafted clasp.
The second design uses the tiniest pale pink pearls in my collection.
For these sweet pearls, I decided to splurge a little on some 14 k gold filled chain and wire.
Handmade ear wires from 20 gauge wire.
A big, yet light and delicate presence at 3 1/4 inches in length.
And I had so much fun getting reacquainted with my bountiful pearl stash,
that I decided to do a third design…
This one started with a gorgeous lamp work bead by
Ikuyo Yamanaka. Truthfully, I have been hoarding 5 of these beads like a miser for a while now.
I used a mix of moss green and burgundy pearls
with a few crystals sprinkled in for some sparkle.
The Gem Institute of America (GIA) has a short, but very interesting article
A huge thank you to Michelle, for not only hosting this challenge,
but also educating us and providing great resources for this most luscious of gems.
You can access the list of other participants by visiting
Michelle’s blog. Thanks for stopping by today!