Everyone is looking wonderful in their pearls, playing catchup on this thread is always a pleasure.
BWeaves, I love your keshi tin cup!
ETA: made a new pair of earring dangles, soft lilac Brazilian amethyst and Sea of Cortez keshi on 22kt yellow gold. I made the eye pin a bit bigger so I can hang them on hoops or use as pendants. My photo doesn't really capture the colorful orient of the keshis, but there's a lot of red, blue, and green orient! I have a few more of these keshi, but I'm hoping to gather more over time to make a wire wrapped necklace with these same amethyst beads. Will probably take forever to do so!
Wowza! Now you have me convinced that Tahitians work as summer pearls, too! They always felt like winter pearls to me, because they matched my winter clothes better, but I love them with that turquoise top.
Oh, it has blemishes, Bailey! But none that bother me, not as it is now.
I replaced 3 of the original pearls and rearranged the strand to accommodate the changes. 2 silver drop pearls were replaced with peacock drop pearls, and one dark center pearl that was a bit barrel shaped, which had partial rings and a small blob on one side. I would not have minded those blemishes on any other pearl in the strand, but the center pearl, yes. Somehow the blemished side always managed to face outward, LOL, and of course my eye focused on it. Someone else might not have cared, but it bugged me, so it had to go! Luckily I found an even rounder pearl of the very same size for the center pearl, but blueish, and clean.
The replacement pearls made the strand more colorful but less constrast-y. It's still multicolor but in a different way. I like it better now, to be honest.
Here it is before the changes, although the grooves in the center pearl are not visible in this shot.