I finally finished with my own Tahitian pieces, made from the pearls I didn't use for the niece's present. I love them and they are more versatile than I thought. Here we go:
I got solid 18K hooks with a tiny emerald, 18K headpins and 4 mm. beads that are coverd by a layer of 22K. Sarah from Kojima Pearls saw a picture of the beads when I had bought them and warned me that the wax inside can melt if left in the sun. I have not been able to reproduce it, though (hopefully never will!).
The necklace looks quiet normal from the front but I have played a bit with the closure as I wanted it to be able to go from 16'' to 18''. Some might recognize the silver/platinum/diamond link. The rest of the pieces are a bit of silver chain (oxidizing it with egg yoke gave it a yellowish tint that goes well with the gold), two more of 22K beads and a vermeil hook from Nina Design. This, by the way, is the only vermeil item that I have not stripped of the gold in a week. Love the design too...
And finally the bracelet - with the same vermeil hook as the necklace, two 22K beads and also two bezel set links I also found on Etsy, one with a peridot and one with an amethyst. The extra features add to the fun and it also saves a few pearls so I have ended up with 5 to spare (plus the things I made for the niece) - very good value!