Here are pictures of my new double-strand of metallic fwp from Pearl Paradise. These are 7.0 mm - 7.5 mm. When I first opened the box I was a little disappointed since they are much smaller than the jawbreaker-sized pearls I acquired recently. But after wearing them a few times, I've really come to like the size, especially since they are very shiny! Like when Alex says that there is a glow coming out of the pearl box -- they are that shiny.
I love that they are so shiny that they barely look like fwp, but for the classic range of fwp colors.
And while I'm at it, I thought I'd add some pictures of the recently-finished necklaces of pearls I've posted about previously...
Gosh, Lulu, they all look fabulous on you! Hope you are getting lots of compliments! Can't say that I have a favorite. Now you have a different strand for every day of the week; pretty soon you'll have a different one for each day of the month!
Thank you Linda, Pattye, Lisa and Cathy! I had no idea that Chinese fwp could be so beautiful and come in so many forms until I started lurking here. Now that I've started collecting, I'm having trouble saying "no". :-P
For sheer wearability, I love the lavender "eggs" and the metallic double-strand. So versatile. I've strung and re-strung the huge Chinese kasumis I think two or three times already. Each time, the strand feels too loose even though I swear I've been pulling the knots taut between each pearl. I thought it was because I wasn't using a heavy enough thread so I went from 20 lb. PowerPro to 30 lb. PowerPro. This time it's a little better and it's not noticeable when I'm wearing it, but *I* know and it bothers me. So I'm going to try 40 lb. PowerPro next (which I usually reserve for my heavier gemstones). I'll do that as soon as I feel like getting cuts all over my hands again. Every time I use the heavier weight PowerPro my hands look like I've been thumbwrestling my cats.
I really like the size of the metallic fwp from PP. I too would have thought that 7.0-7.5 mm would be too small, but they really good great on you. It's all about scale and proportion. Love your entire collection, great choices.