Thursday, 16 May 2013

Perfectly Pretty in Pearls

To go with all that glitter, you will need pots of pearls – in the film, famously Tom's gift to Daisy was a string of pearls worth £350,000!
In love with their timeless appeal, we have pretty White Mini Pearls, Cultured Freshwater Pearls, White BiwaPearls, White Head Drilled Teardrop Pearls, Cultured Saltwater Half Drilled Pearls, and pearls in beautiful colours form pinks to the unusual Khaki Green Keshi Pearls and Cultured Saltwater Pearl Cabochons. To get the look consider making a fascinator, long knotted necklaces with tassels, a multi strand cuff or some long drop earrings. We've got lots of information about pearls on our website.

Pearls are traditionally strung on silk thread but if you wear your pearls very often it is recommended that you re-string them about once a year. For extra security you should knot the thread between each pearl – this will prevent all your pearls falling off the strand if it should break and also stops the pearls from rubbing against each other. We recommend The Basics of Bead Stringing as a great go-to book for stringing techniques. If you’re looking for a slightly longer-lasting thread we recommend our LS110Flex-Rite 7 extra fine jewellery wire. At 0.3mm in diameter it is perfect for pearls as they have very small drill holes and it is incredibly strong yet still has a lovely flexible drape.

Make your long flapper necklaces and multi strand cuffs by buying your pearls in strands. Buying our beads in strands works out on average 40% cheaper than buying them individually, giving a great excuse to buy more!

We used our new Gallery Wire Settings with a Grey Moonstone, some Sterling Silver Round Wire and a White Head Drilled Teardrop Pearl bead to create a drop perfect to peek out beneath a cloche hat!

For more inspiration have a look at our Cubic Zirconia, Pearl & Crystal Tiara Project and for more pearly projects, we recommend Create Jewellery: Pearls book.

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