First, thank you for a wonderful resource. Love the 2 strand pearl tip -awesome-ness!
Second, For a best friend's BD, I'd like to post set some small half-drilled pearls in a forged neckpiece. But for the design, small is better. 3-4 mm. But there is a big difference in quality of pearls (duh! sorry for the newbie-speak) - and it would be nice to have quality that matches the materials. Are there any Los Angeles sources that would sell to someone who knows almost nothing about pearl quality? Not even sure what type of pearl to ask for. I've set pearls before...but the quality was...sketchy. Time to move up.