Opinions requested: opaque gemstone beads with pearls
I have some wonderful old gemstone beads 6-10mm in size: jadeite, nephrite, Sleeping Beauty turquoise without matrix, and a few oxblood coral and good lapis. What do you think of mixing opaques with pearls? I've never done it before and am wondering if the contrast would work, or if the two would seem to "fight" each other visually. All opinions welcome!
"The pearl is the favorite of those who are surfeited with jewels. One may become tired of the diamond's splendor, but those who learn to appreciate the unobtrusive loveliness of the pearl seldom lose their fondness for them. It is the one gem which does not satiate." W.R. Catelle