Love love love the photos of your dear mum wearing her pearls ! She looks so happy ! They do look like they were a bear to deal with though - those drill holes...ouch! I'm surprised they didn't saw through the thread with those edges! Better drills nowadays ! I love your photos..the lapis necklaces are gorgeous! ( i'm a sucker for Lapis)
My new favorite combo. Mom's pearl circle pin, Mom's 6-6.5 mm akoya choker (which I'm going to call my birthday choker from now on), and my own ruby hearts with pearl drops, which Mom bought me as a gift for either birthday or Chanukah years ago.
The little pearls are so light to wear. No weight at all on the neck or ears.
It turns out that I now have 3 pearl chokers, all the exact same length (16"), so they don't stack well when worn together. The birthday choker (6-6.5 mm), Mom's 9 mm choker, and my 7-7.5 mm choker I bought myself (well, Mom took me to the jewelry show and introduced me to her pearl lady).
I have extra pearls for my choker, and I've lengthened it to 17" and 18" in the past. So, I think I'll restring my choker to 17". I also have my Aunt Love's 6-6.5 mm 18" strand of Blue Lagoon pearls which stacks nicely with the birthday choker. I think if I redo my choker I can get a triple strand look out of these. Updates to come. I also want to restring the birthday choker because I don't like the way the pearls are attached to the clasp with that little bead hooky thingy that hides the knot but always turns green.
I also tried layering the two lapis necklaces and the one with the big lapis beads just overpowers the Rice Krispie one. I'll post pics later.
Something new for today. Pearl ring with beautiful akoyas and tiny diamonds. It's very comfortable to wear.
I'm not sure I ever saw Mom wear it. It is very much a special occasion ring. Not practical for everyday wear. Mom worked retail in a western store. It's one of those rings she'd take out, try on, and put back in the jewelry box. I plan on wearing it to work. I'm a computer programmer. It won't get wear and tear in my job.
Freshwater pearl bracelet. Mom had the diamond spacers added to it. They're not the greatest spacers, but they do the job.
My sister got the bigger bracelet. Two strands of gorgeous 7 mm akoyas with big circular diamond spacers. It's a long bracelet from when Mom was very heavy and had bigger wrists. My sister said it fit her better. It also had a tricky clasp. I don't have a photo of it. To be honest, I like the bracelet I got better. It reminds me of the tiny freshwater bracelet on the little h website.