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    Most gold will tarnish, of course, the higher the karat, the less it will tarnish. It has to do with the alloys used in the gold. 24k gold wouldn't tarnish, but you also wouldn't use it in most jewelry applications.
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    Dianamoon,

    Many vendors carry gemstone beads that can be mixed with pearls. If you have a bead store in your town perhaps that would be a good place to start. Shopping in person with the pearls you want to use in hand allows you to compare sizes and "looks" to see what pleases your eye. Some cities host Gem Faires, Bead Faires or Intergem, where vendors come several times a year to show their wares. Always a good place to shop and learn.

    Karat gold beads do work between pearls, imo. Also gold fill is a process where a specific percentage weight of gold is fused to the base metal, so only gold touches any other material. Findings, clasps and chains which are gold filled are considered to be long lasting products.

    Gold plated items are ones to avoid, as it is difficult to know how thick the plating is. These can tarnish and wear quickly.

    Sometimes the hole in the spacer is large enough slip the knot inside, giving you security. (See Catherine Cardellini's necklaces as modeled by Baby Nurse on the 365 days of pearls thread.)

    I've taken apart my pearl necklaces strung on waxed linen, to find black marks on the pearl and 22k solid gold beads. the problem seemed to be the wax itself, which wiped off the pearls, but the gold beads need a bath and gentle scrubbing before they were as good as new.
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    Also one thing to consider, many places that sell Kt gold beads will offer two types...one is cheaper . You probably want the Heavy wall beads ( more expensive ) in a necklace as the pressure can dent them or squash them. They can be ok in earrings if just a bit of gold is needed and there isn't any pressure on them. ( be careful in wire wrapping them..doesn't take much to dent the top)

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    That sounds bad - but not as bad as actual damage.

    I think that putting the tiny rubber/silicon (whatever) stopper between the gold beads and the pearl would be a good idea, but I'm not crazy about how it will look. You can still see the stopper.

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    Is this thread still active? What do everybody thinks about ruby and pearls? I saw littleh pearl design and have to say ruby and tahitian pearl blew me away! Maybe not on necklace but how about pendant, tin cup or earrings?

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    I have an emerald and pearl necklace and pendant from littleh that is drop dead gorgeous.

    I have a 54" rope from Kojima with the little rubber stoppers between the pearls instead of knots, and to be honest, the rubber stopper just look like knots. I cannot tell unless I get a magnifying glass out. Now the necklace does hang different. It has a nice curve to the bottom, where as if it was knotted, it would collapse, if that makes sense. I like the way it hangs with the stoppers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nnguye20 View Post
    Is this thread still active? What do everybody thinks about ruby and pearls? I saw littleh pearl design and have to say ruby and tahitian pearl blew me away! Maybe not on necklace but how about pendant, tin cup or earrings?
    I think rubies and Tahitians are fantastic together. I made a ruby beads necklace with a Tahitian as the focal bead.

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    I love little h designs. On using rubies, do know your source! Many of the stones commercially available have been glass filled. https://www.gia.edu/doc/SP06A2.pdf
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    I agree, rubies with Tahitians are fabulous, every gemstone has its mate in pearls!

    Nnguye20, threads on this forum can be posted on and reread indefinitely. It's fun to revisit when someone posts on an older thread. So much great information here; I've been reading since 2004, though I didn't join until 2005.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    I think rubies and Tahitians are fantastic together. I made a ruby beads necklace with a Tahitian as the focal bead.
    If it's fine for you, can you share some photos of your design? I'm having a bunch of loose Tahitian pearls and still wondering what I can do with them. I've been collecting designs from pinterest and mall's jewelries as inspiration

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    Sure, tomorrow when it's light out I'll take a photo. I thought I had taken a photo already but I don't seem to see it in my album.

    It's really very simple-- ruby beads, a silver rondelle shaped spacer, the Tahitian pearl, another spacer, more ruby beads, clasp.
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    Pearl Dreams, I would love to see it too. I’m a little bored with making just pearl necklaces with loose pearls.

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    I got these ruby beads back in 2008 at the East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil show. (Note: This is not a good show if you want to buy pearls.)

    Here I'm standing outside my back door. It's cloudy today so they aren't fluorescing.
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    Under the tungsten ceiling fan lights, which somewhat replicates how they look outside on a sunny day.
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    This is the magnetic clasp I used. It's strong, but easy to open by "folding" the flower. Rio Grande sells it.
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    It is strung on beading wire with sterling silver Twisted Tornado crimps. I used a 3mm silver ball bead to hide the tail of the beading wire as the drill hole is too small to go back through. The pearl itself is flanked with silver rondelles.

    This is one of my most comfortable necklaces, and really easy to make.

    If you've never used Twisted Tornado crimps, be aware that you just flatten them with pliers-- don't use a crimping tool.

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    Ooh, how pretty. Gives me lots of ideas. Thank you Pearl Dreams. Also, I love magnetic clasps. I have such trouble closing ball clasps when DH isn’t around. However, some magnetic clasps are stronger then others.

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    I tend to be leery of magnetic clasps for that very reason, but this one is really strong. I have no fear of its opening on its own.
    (Of course one could use any clasp.)

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