Carolyn Ehret has given me permission to share this interesting and very rare piece with you all............of course, the photo is used with her permission........... Thanks very much, Carolyn..............
A rare necklace of Pen (Penn) pearls, approx 4-7.9mm, 26 inches long. Pearls were collected over a 10 year period in Gulf of Mexico. These are nacreous pearls with orient and lustre, chocolate black color. She says Pen pearls are often quite soft and break apart easily, but these being nacreous are not fragile that way. The Pen shell often is half nacreous and half non nacreous.
The pendant is a natural oyster pearl. (I think the cluster of 3 stones at the bottom are diamonds). We have so little information about these rare pearls here on the forum, much less a photo of a whole strand! I thought the oyster pearl unusual and lovely also.
Jeremy also is showing two lots of Pen pearls in the natural pearls section of his website.
so many pearls, so little time