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    First-graft Pearl Senior Member Karman's Avatar
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    Default My Sea of Cortez Pearl

    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:
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    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:

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    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:

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    And here it is on the neck (and under bad office lighting):

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    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.

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    That is so pretty on you, Karman!

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    Oh it's BEAUTIFUL. I love the spacing, the amethyst with the pearl and daily dangles. It does look perfect on you!

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    Beautiful, Karman, yes, terrific with rose gold; you are now under the spell of Sea of Cortez pearls!
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    First-graft Pearl Senior Member Karman's Avatar
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    Thank you Pearl Dreams, mm, and pattye!

    Yes pattye--I'm already looking forward to the next batch of SoC pearls to be harvested. I hope druzydesign gets more! I've been checking the official Sea of Cortez pearl site, too

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    Lovely pearl and beautifully done, Karman. I really admire all of you ladies who can wire wrap and put pieces together like this.

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    Beautiful!

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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Naan's Avatar
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    amazing sea of cortez Pearl!

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    Great job on those wire wraps! And what a beautiful pearl...I love it with the soft pastel colored stones.
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    Karman,
    You did it again such a beautiful necklace and play of colors. I love it!

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    Oh! How lovely!

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    Absolutely beautiful! I must learn to wire wrap as I have a few nice loose pearls.

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    First-graft Pearl Senior Member Karman's Avatar
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    baby nurse, BW, Naan, Jersey, Pearly-Whites,LV, mrsadm - thank you!

    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.

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    Lovely! Such a beautiful pearl.

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    Lovely pearl and excellant wrapping!

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