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  • Today I restrung my Tahitian bracelet, again.

    A while back I decided to collect and accumulate some Tahitian pearls to make myself a bracelet. It didn't take long for me to get this far ​:

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    There were peacock, forest green, purple, blue, pink, bronze, etc., and a cute banded one. I was very happy​ until I figured it was too tight for my wrist ​. Had to add one more pearl. Since my floating pendant didn't find its chain yet, I borrowed it and added it to the middle ​. So the bracelet was restrung to this:

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    I was happy for a week then I could not tolerate that the pendant pearl has two grommets and a large hole which means the 18k gold can glide over the knot and touch the neighbor pearls ​, despite they probably won't scratch them. Got to replace it. Then, for months I searched here and there but had no luck finding a T that was both suitable and affordable ​. Earlier this week, I met with this gorgeous GSS in Druzy's shop, and thought I could give it a shot. Received the pearl yesterday and just finished another restringing:

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    Is this what I wanted? ​ Hmm, no.
    Does it look good? Hmm, I guess?


    All the pearls in this bracelet came from Druzy. And thank you to Charlotta for recommending the clasp!

    Thank you very much for looking! Happy weekend everyone!
    Last edited by StarryPearl; 07-13-2021, 02:06 PM.

  • #2
    It's so pretty. I love those clasps

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    • #3
      I saw that clasp and had to double-name-check that it wasn't Charlotta!
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      • #4
        Such a beautiful bracelet StarryPearl! In all its variations! The luster on the pearls! The colors and the sight size graduation! Lovely! I love that one can choose individual pearls at Druzy and she has some really nice ones to choose from. Well done!!!

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        • #5
          Great clasp...beautiful bracelet and a great story to go alongside it all!
          Well done StarryPearl
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          • #6
            StarryPearl Your bracelet is lovely! And I had totally been eyeing that GSS pearl at Druzy - I am so glad it went to a good home It's very lustrous and your reflection is so clear. The tahitians are also crazy lustrous!


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            • #7
              Thank you, eolian pearls. I love that of Druzy's shops as well! Speaking of size graduation, my original idea of this bracelet was to use only 10 10mm - 11mm pearls and one huge WSS keshi (also from Druzy!) as the focal in the middle, with 5 T's on each side. However, I was hesitant to get the keshi drilled, as I am still debating between using it on this bracelet or as a focal pendant. I was hoping for another several 10mm - 11mm T's but got no luck after a couple months' waiting, so I bought a 3-pearl set that included the two smallest pearls - those are 8.8mm. It seems they blend in well.

              Thanks, Charlotta and Douglas!

              Thank you, SurfnSci! Are you sure this is the one you were eyeing? They listed quite a few recently. I am sure you will get a great one, too!


              Since everyone likes this clasp, I have to say it looks excellent but I will probably not buy them any more, at least not from that Etsy shop, as the quality is unsatisfactory. I bought 5 clasps of this pattern, 3 golden and 2 silver. Of the 3 golden, only this one is usable, and yesterday a rhinestone fell off. Fortunately my husband saw it and I glued it back. Of the other two: One got a rhinestone firmly stuck in a stringing hole. I tried awl and reamer and neither could poke it out. Another one I thought it was good until when I FINISHED stringing my Edison necklace I figured the hinge of one end piece was deformed and not functional at all. So I had to cut every pearl down and start over with a different clasp. Yes I can reassemble the good parts of these two into one functional clasp, but you got the idea of the quality. I haven't mentioned that most of the stringing holes have excess metal residue, making them tiny irregular sharp-edge holes, and I had to use awl and then reamer to get one big enough for stringing. Of the two silver ones: one is good, the other also has the metal residue problem. As much as I love the look of the clasp, I won't buy from that shop again. The seller is decent though. She saw the photo of the defects and quickly issued me a partial refund.
              Last edited by StarryPearl; 07-12-2021, 02:46 AM.

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              • #8
                I am so sorry that I recommended a shop that gave you all those defect clasps. I have bought them for years without a problem, except for one stone falling off after a year of heavy use and that was on that rondelle thinghy so I could still use the clasp.. I think that the last clasps that I bought was in november last year. I usually buy a bunch. Maybe they changed supplier or something. I hope that I don't have to find new clasps...the bother....

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                • #9
                  Oh Charlotta PLEASE don't feel that way . I said thank you and I meant it. It's a fantastic clasp anyways, and there was no way for you to predict this. I was suspecting the same thing actually, suppliers or something. I bought mine around February this year, so it could be a bad quality batch produced during the holiday season, too. They need better quality control.

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                  • #10
                    It does happen and to all of us...I recommended a plumber recently; he had been great fixing issues at my house. And then one of my neighbors told me he was not a very good plumber! It just happens...it's a part of Life.
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                    • #11
                      Hopefully only a bad batch. I know that I got the last ones of the golden ones at least, since they message me and told me that they didn't have enough of the golden ones. I substituded those for silver ones so I didn't have to wait for the new stock to arrive. I try to have a clasps, needles, tread and gimp for at least 6 months since it can take up to two months for packages to arrive if I am unfortunate. One might think that I live on antarctic or maybe another planet. I have to stock up again after summer I think, but will surely check them with my loupe.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Charlotta View Post
                        Hopefully only a bad batch. I know that I got the last ones of the golden ones at least, since they message me and told me that they didn't have enough of the golden ones. I substituded those for silver ones so I didn't have to wait for the new stock to arrive. I try to have a clasps, needles, tread and gimp for at least 6 months since it can take up to two months for packages to arrive if I am unfortunate. One might think that I live on antarctic or maybe another planet. I have to stock up again after summer I think, but will surely check them with my loupe.
                        I hope so, too. When I told the seller about the defective pieces I got, she said she would contact the factory about it. Let's hope it was just that batch.

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