Like Adeline, I'd been collecting gemstones in my 20's and in my 30's have moved on to pearls, although my collection is not nearly as extensive nor as fine. One of my obsessions in my teens was watermelon tourmaline which I saw for the first time in Hong Kong. (I still remember that shop window on Nathan Road!) Years later I snagged my own strand, but it turned out I was miserable at wire-wrapping. This strand has been through multiple incarnations in the decade that I've had it, but this is definitely my favorite so far. Not the highest quality stones, but there's a lovely range of colors and is nice and sparkly. I have a range of different gemstones at about this size and I'm thinking of making several variations on the theme so that I can layer them or wear them singly. (Pattye, this is the strand that I was hoping to use with the pink keshis I bought from you.) Knotted on moss green 10 lb. PowerPro (the 20 lb. was too heavy and ended up breaking some of the beads).
I also had these aquamarine rondelles sitting in my bead box... I can't wait to wear this one today! It's been cloudy and miserable here for an entire week and I think this echoes the color of the grey sky but makes it better, too :-) Knotted on 50 lb. PowerPro.
I LOVE how this picture shows the peacock glow of the Tahitians despite being a bit out of focus... sigh.
... And on the subject of pink keshis from Pattye, this is what I ended up doing with them. I've been obsessed with two-tone jewelry and love its versatility, so I mixed sterling silver beads with 14k goldfill on this necklace for my mother-in-law. These pictures don't pick up nearly as much of the lustre and rainbow flashes that these pearls have, unfortunately. Knotted on 20 lb. PowerPro.