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    Just added “Pearls: A Natural History” to my book collection

    The book came in the mail last week. I got it from a used book dealer through Amazon, and it’s in beautiful, near mint condition. It was a library copy, and it looks to me as though it never left the library. The clear library covering of the dust jacket is still on, so that is the glare in the...
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    “Pearl” nail polish—hot item for the season?

    It’s called Perle Blanche. It really looks more opaline to me, but that doesn’t keep me from coveting it. It’s very pretty. Luckily for my budget. it’s sold out everywhere (as far as I can tell). For this crowd, things Pearl are always in season, I know! :love: Do any of you have a nail polish...
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    A little vintage stick pin with a pearl

    I wanted a wishbone pin for good luck, and I saw this one online and loved it. It arrived today. The seller’s lightbox photos are really good, so I’ll post a few of them. The pearl is about 5mm x 3mm. The nacre on the upper part of the front of the pearl is more creamy/yellow and shiny, but less...
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    Great tutorial for wire-wrapping pearls and beads

    I could not get the knack of wire wrapping pearls and beads until I found this video. You can see Jason’s process very well, and he is great at explaining what he is doing. Also he clearly loves his work. He’s a great teacher. I’m not affiliated with Bead Gallery; just a fan. If I ever get to...
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    Pearls looking more beautiful when worn regularly?

    I wasn’t sure where to put this, but I would love your observations. I’ve noticed, especially with my akoyas (including some vintage ones), that they look more beautiful and lustrous when I wear them often. (Of course I don’t clean house in them or expose them to detergent, chemicals, or...
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    Mystery pearl pendant that belonged to my mother

    I’ve had this pendant for a while, but I hadn’t paid much attention to it until now. The only thing I did do was to remove it from the setting and clean the blob of yellowed dried glue from the top of it. Then I reglued it. That was a couple of years ago, before I knew anything about pearls...
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    Ordered SSP for tin cup bracelet—would love advice on making it

    Between seeing VP Harris’s white SSP and StarryPearl’s long strand, I’ve been bitten by the white SSP bug. I just ordered a few loose 11-12 mm circled ones to make a tin cup bracelet with—vendor pic of similar pearls is below. I know I need chain, wire, and a clasp. I am thinking I’d like yellow...
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    Intrigued by pearls on a vintage shortener. Any ideas?

    Late last year I bought a vintage (or older) pearl shortener/pin on eBay for around $12, but didn’t get around to testing the metal, etc. until now. I hadn’t expected the wire and beads to be precious metal. But they are, so now I’m even more intrigued regarding the pearls. The wire tested 10K...
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    Fred Ward pearl article on PBS Nova page from 20 years ago—he got a lot right

    I think. But I am no expert. I’d love to know what some of you who ARE experts think about what he got right and if he got anything not quite right. Here is the article: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/freshwater-pearls/ This statement interests me greatly. He didn’t follow up on it in...
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    Queen Mary’s pearl jewelry

    I enjoy reading about all her jewels, but her pearls were extra extra! She could wear so many pieces at once and still not look like they were wearing her. (A long neck and being 5’6” helped.) I found these images today. I’d been really wanting to see a color image of her in her jewelry. The...
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    Trying to wear pearls more often!

    I’m trying to wear my pearls more often, even though I’m mostly at home. If I start a thread for them, maybe that will encourage me! This week I wore my Tahitian bracelet that I wire-wrapped. I forgot how much I love it. I used Argentium silver wire (935 and alloyed with Germanium) and pearls...
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    Questions about vintage brooch on offer

    I spotted this brooch for sale, and I’m wondering VERY much what type of pearls they are. The setting is clearly antique, and it’s marked 14K. Seller lists it as “Victorian.” The pearls are very baroque-looking. If they’re the original pearls in the setting, then is it possible that they’re...
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    An idea for creating multi-use or convertible strands

    I would love to know what you, my fellow beaders, think of this. I saw an ad on social media for a necklace (or set of necklace components) that can be worn in multiple ways. The set consists of (as far as I can see) a 20” double or triple, strand, two 4” strands, and a 20” single strand. They...
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    Antique Cartier seed pearl encrusted compact/necessaire, oh la la

    I collect vintage compacts and I also love looking at amazing jeweled ones from the past. This image turned up today on a collectors page that I follow. I don’t see many pearl-encrusted compacts, likely due to the fact that frequent handling would certainly damage pearls. Then today I saw...
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    Some of my vintage pearl brooches and earrings

    By now I’ve started to accumulate quite a few, not really intending to start a collection. Oops! Some of these were part of a job lot, others bought individually. I didn’t spend more than $20 for anything here, and mostly much less. The brooch with the plumes was a surprise on arrival; the...
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    Vermeer’s pearls—great articles and images

    I only ever knew about Girl with a Pearl Earring, but it seems he painted pearls often. I only found this out today when looking up information about the pearl in that most famous painting. His images are fascinating from both a painting technique standpoint and a pearl standpoint. So...
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    Opera length lavender freshwater strand

    I needed a pick-me-up, so I treated myself to a 35” strand of lavender pearls from Pearl Paradise. It worked! I’m immensely cheered up! They are 6.5-7.0mm AA+ freshwaters. To me they seem very round, very lustrous, and very smooth. I know there are higher grade pearls, but these are so lovely...
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    Beading Merries and Mishaps by Cece

    I wanted to start a thread for myself here. I’ve been learning about pearls since last August, courtesy of Pattye’s stringing kit and all of your generous info on PG. I may collate some of my earlier projects here later, some as “what not to do.” Haha! In the meantime I think we are much in...
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    Tahitian strand stringing adventure ahead! Would love input!

    These arrived yesterday. I live in the southeastern US and it was stormy and VERY dark all day, so I couldn’t see them in the sunlight until this morning. I’m so pleased with them! They look kind of otherworldly to me! I’m about to string them, and I’m leaning toward using Beader’s Secret PLUM...
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    These metallics are on the way—stringing plans

    I hope they’ll arrive soon. They’re 6.5mm peachy purple metallic freshwaters. I got Beader’s Secret PEACH to string them with. I am thinking a gold or gold-filled clasp. They weren’t spendy, and they’ll be my first true metallics. Really looking forward to them. They totally say “spring” to me...
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