Ref 1887

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Ref 1887


  • Keshi pearls are always attractive.  They create a very contemporary look, both chic and edgy.

  • The two strands of this tawny toned, pearl necklace are in different in sizes.

  • The larger, sandy/gold coloured pearl is 24 mm in size.

  • The second strand has a creamy tone with a hint of pink. Its shape is more like a cornflake shape, and is smaller, at 13 mm.

  • The two strands feed into vintage, traditionally made 18k gold on silver on hardened resin beads (10 mm) from Afghanistan.

  • The pearls are a dyed colour. Dyed pearls, which most pearls are, come about through a number of techniques.  The one I know, through someone who has a pearl farm in China, is one in which the pearls are placed for a month or more in a container with a liquid saturated with a powder dye. Electrodes gently move the pearls about so that they are evenly coloured.  Although people say the colour can fade, I have been working (and wearing) dyed pearls for many years. As long as you don't spray perfume or hairspray onto the pearls, the colour remains.  None of my pearls have faded.

  • Keshi pearls are created by placing a minute piece of mother of pearl in a mussel, allowing it to grow to a certain size, as the mussel creates nacre around the irritating foreign element. After a period of time, the pearl is removed and placed in another host mussel, and as it grows, it creates this cornflake type shape.  Because this process is quite labour intensive, it makes keshi pearls more costly than the ordinary freshwater pearls.

  • I have used a vermeil toggle clasp.  Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • The necklace is. 19 inches long (48 cm).