A touch of class

earrings, General, Technique, Wire / Friday, August 21st, 2020

I have had these drop cream pearls in my stash for so long, it has been years. I really have not figured out what to do with them. Should I make them into a classic pearl necklace, or earrings .. what to do !

Another little thing with these was that they are top side drilled, which dictates a lot in how I can use them. Rummaging through my stash I found these glittery, sparkly sterling silver beads with a hole big enough so I could hide a bit of the wire knot. Awesome!

These are cultured pearls of course, since as much as 99% of pearls used in jewelry are. Still real, that is they are not made of glass like the Swarovski ones. Still genuine – but not natural which is a totally different price point. The term drop relates to the shape of the pearl. There are other shapes, like baroque, round, pear, circle etc.

The handmade earring hook has been through a few stages before being combined with the pearl. The last and important step is to tumble it, so that the wire you put through your ear is smooth in finish. The pearl of course can not be tumbled, it is delicate in nature.

I am pleased with how these turned out. Photographing the set was difficult, silver and cream on white – oof! Still working on my “jewelry photographing skills”.

You can view more images of them in my shop here on this site, or on Etsy.