Back in January, I was ogling some of the loose Sea of Cortez pearls and pendants that druzydesign had for sale on eBay. I was *this* close to getting one of the fatter drop shaped vermeil pendants that they had for sale, but I just couldn't do it at the time (spent way too much $$ on pearls).
Just recently, I went back to look and sadly it was gone. There was a loose unset pearl that caught my eye though, and I probably would've never given it a chance when I hadn't tried to make jewelry yet (I could take it to a jeweler of course, but would but much too hard wouldn't it? ). But it went on sale on eBay so I pulled the trigger and bought it.
Here it is:
I don't often find pearls to look as great IRL as they do in photos, but this one is a stunner. I was quite happy with it. Even under my horribly bright kitchen spot lights, it was a beauty.
I always loved the combo of blue/grey and rose gold, so I knew I wanted to set this pearl with rose gold findings and chain. I was initially going to set it with bead caps and pegs on both ends and make it into a solitaire necklace but when the pearl arrived the other findings hadn't yet, so I decided to just pick up another rose gold chain and wire wrap a quick pendant with some of my leftover pink amethyst and a purple crystal. Here is the result:
The end loops are a bit big but I think I'm going to leave it *in case* I happen to stumble upon a pretty keshi or small drop. Here's another photo under better lighting in my bedroom which showcases the colours well:
And here it is on the neck (and under bad office lighting):
I'm so happy I pulled the trigger on this lovely pearl...now I can see why Cortez pearls are admired by so many! The colours are truly mesmerizing.
I am glad I didn't wait for the findings I ordered to arrive--the bead caps I ordered were too small! Oops.
The simple wire wrapping I've been doing has been pretty easy to do so far, especially if it's for straight forward pieces like this. I think you can definitely do it yourself once you get some supplies and tools! I looked up videos on YouTube (Beaducation were my favs) and they were very helpful.