Well, I am totally writing this at the crack of dawn as my kids get ready for school. And, I have not had enough coffee, so who knows how it will turn out.
I am pretty sure I have talked about this before, but yesterday I had a customer ask about Shell Pearls. After I am sure I bored her to tears with my lengthy rendition on pearls and shell pearls--I am pretty sure I bored her anyhow--I said I would write a blog post about it.
Shell Pearls are not real pearls, nor were they ever. Shell pearls are made from Mother of Pearl (when they are good) and Made to have a look and feel of a real pearl. And when you get the good ones, they really do. Unlike glass or plastic pearls, used in costume jewelry for ages now--shell pearls are sort of new, and really come in any size--from about 4mm all the way up to about 24mm. Yes they can be huge.
I see a lot of people wearing them, even still a few years after they became really really popular. There was a time I could not keep shell pearls in stock in any way shape or form. But, they are still popular.
I am thinking I should probably talk about pearls for a couple of days here--or maybe get some coffee in me ASAP.
For Further Information, I found this neat article (it's short) on the manufacturing of shell pearls: http://www.ebeadshop.com/faonshpe.html
Personally I like them for the price, for the quality, and for the look and feel. My sister likes to call the feel "substantial" because they have a weight to them very much like a real pearl would. I buy my shell pearls almost exclusively at shows--except for the strands I have bought at The Bead Factory (Tacoma, Washington).
Because I have to feel the pearl to know the quality--it's not something you can just look at a picture of and know what you are getting
Here's a pic of Shell Pearls, you can almost see how wonderfully full the luster is, and the perfect uniform shape: