How to use up the odds and ends after the perfect shaped pearls are gone:
Not all pearls are the lovely gems we see offered by the various retail dealers who contribute to this site, whose classic designs are the mainstay of the "pearls as fine jewelry" market. 99% of the pearls do not meet this grade, yet have other appealing attributes.
The following link reminded me of the display of Mexican pearls at the American Pearl exhibit at the AGTA show in Tucson this past Feb. They were tiny pearls of all different shapes and sizes, very irregular, yet beautiful when all jumbled together. As I sorted through them (there was only about a tablespoonful) I imagined them as an illusion necklace. An illusion necklace made out of natural Mexican pearls would have been fairly sparsely laden with only a tablespoon of pearls to go around. Now here is that same idea carried out in the all-flexible freshwater pearl
Following are links to a great design that uses several kinds and colors of irregular, tiny, and nugget shaped freshwater pearls in a lavishly piled on illusion necklace. It is the necklace equivalent of a loose jumble of pearls.
This link is to a page with several versions of the necklace including a couple with various little gemstones as well as the fw pearls mixed in:
This picture is the biggest version of the one I like. I am not sure I like seeing all the plastic threads though!