Here is some useful information about vintage Mikimoto pearls :
It appears to me this strand has been restrung with Griffin silk and knotted between each pearl, giving a rather heavy look. Originally only the few end pearls would have had knots between and double thread would have been used...
Getting the tension right when stringing small stacked pearls (no knots), whether for necklace, bracelet or earrings, is a challenge for the designer!
I agree, looks like knots with some sort of glue at both top and bottom.
There was a problem with the sound at the beginning of Day 3 with the GSS, but after a couple of minutes the problem was resolved, so just go forward about 2 minutes. It's been great fun watching the lives and seeing the photos from the show!
No, I don't sleep in my pearls or any other jewelry. Some of my pearls would be a rather large lump to sleep on!
Most of our pearls these days are very good quality, having been carefully sorted. Pearls of mine over 20+ years old still have their luster and beauty, imo.
Hellen, Thank you for the excellent photos. You have a lovely strand of dyed "chocolate" freshwater pearls. If you're able to wear them doubled, you might not notice the weight as much and they will make quite a statement!