Hello back! And congratulations on your upcoming marriage.
Originally Posted by Clairew
Everyone here has purchased every kind of pearl for every purpose imaginable. The question is, what do you want? We each have our opinion, but what's right for us may not be right for you.
1. Mark-up. You will never know what your retailer's mark-up is, so don't worry about it. If the purchase price is within your budget and the product pleases you, then make your purchase.
2. If you decide to make your own and this is your first experience making jewelry, go to your local bead store and ask for guidance and assistance in construction. They will be happy to help you.
3. Color is also your preference. Most people go by skin tone, but if you are worried about the pearls clashing with your dress then by all means go with your dress color.
Hope this has helped a bit. I'm sure you will receive lots of other responses.
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