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    More Rice Krispie Treats, now with more lapis lazuli.

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    3 strands of white freshwater pearls with lapis and gold beads. I've always loved this one, too. Very wearable.

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    Mom owned 3 pearl shorteners, and never used them. I tried one on this strand to double it up, and I just didn't feel it as a choker length necklace.

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    Whoa! Where'd my photos go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWeaves View Post
    Whoa! Where'd my photos go?
    They are still there, BWeaves. And your rice krispies with lapiz necklace looks really lovely. You wear it well.

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    BWeaves -My condolences on the loss of your mother and thank you for sharing her lovely treasures with us. Her jewels are beautiful.

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    Thank you!

    Opposite Day. Lot's of lapis and a few pearls and gold beads.

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    My sister got the fraternal twin to this necklace. Hers has black onyx beads instead of lapis. Quite stunning actually.

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    I haven't tried them together yet, but I think the two lapis necklaces might look good worn together.
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    South Sea pearl drops. My sister really wanted these earrings, but she said I could have them if she could have all the Mikis. These drops are perfect, 12x13 mm, with tiny diamonds at the top of the eye pins.

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    My Mom had tiny earlobes, and the huggies on these earrings are really too tight on my lobes. You can see that the huggie angles backwards and won't hang down straight. If I push the huggie down straight, the eye pin shifts to the back of the earring. But the drops have huge eye pins and I can hang them off a variety of other huggies and hoops.

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    My diamond huggies on the top. The huggies for these earrings on the bottom. Mom's oval diamond loops on the right. Mom's large round diamond hoops on the left.

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    Here's the SS drops between the POJ metallic freshwaters and the pear shaped freshwater drops from Kojima Pearl.

    My huggies:

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    Mom's oval loops:

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    Mom's large round hoops:

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    I actually like the look of a large eye pin on a larger hoop. It reminds me of the look of pearl earrings in a lot of the Renaissance paintings.
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    On the rice krispies...Snap Crackle Pop are they fabulous!
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    All so fantastic BWeaves! I'd love to see those 2 pearl/lapis pieces together when you feel up to playing with them
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    I love all your mum's huggies. Gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyPearl View Post
    On the rice krispies...Snap Crackle Pop are they fabulous!
    What Jersey said! I love the lapis, just spectacular. And the drops are perfect.

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    My sister also wanted Mom's 36 inch baroque South Sea rope. 10-12 mm creamy pearls. The following photo is before I washed and restrung them.

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    They looked a little dull and needed restringing, so I gave them a good wash and restrung them (following photo). They improved greatly. Actually they look better in the photo than they do in real life.

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    If this had been the first strand of pearls I ever restrung, it would have been the last. This was the worst restringing project I have ever done. The beads inside the pearls are loose and rattle around. Some internal beads were shattered (probably from the drilling). I would pull the old thread out, and lose the hole inside the pearl. Then I'd shake the pearl like a Magic 8 Ball until the hole reappeared, or poke around with the needle to turn the bead around, until I found the hole. Some of the drill holes were huge so I had to double (or sextuple) knot between every pearl. On the plus side, the nacre is very, very thick.

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    Mom enjoying her pearls. She was always dressed to the nines. She's 80 years old in these photos.

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    Congratulations on your patience in stringing those pearls! Very frustrating and time consuming! They turned out very nice though and is a very pretty strand!

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    Nothing screams RETRO like a circle pin. I'm not sure when my Mom bought the pin, but I remember her wearing it in the early 1960s. The necklace of perfect 5.5 - 6 mm akoya pearls was bought right after I was born, in 1959. It was her present to herself on having me, so of course, I wanted this strand.

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    Worn with my yellow gold Mikimoto huggies.

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    In later years, my Mom suffered from Pearl Shrinkage Syndrome, and bought a mabe and diamond enhancer to wear on the necklace, and mabe earrings. I'm not a huge mabe fan, but these are very nice.

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    For anyone who is afraid that akoyas don't hold up, this necklace is almost 60 years old, has been worn a lot, and looks as good as the day it was bought. Then again, I think it probably has thicker nacre than some of the more recent akoyas, so I give a thumbs up to anyone who can snag a vintage strand of akoyas.

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    Oh BWeaves, I so enjoy this thread...and your mother was beautiful in her pearls!
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    BWeaves, your mom looks so great in these photos! Such a bright eye-catching smile.. and I LOVE women dressing up)))
    Lovely collection of huggies. And brooches has always been my weak point)) thank you for sharing your family's treasures!