The classic pearl
necklace, these creamy white cultured salt-water Akoya pearls are hand-knotted on silk with a
14K gold clasp. 18 inches
long, these are the perfect accent with any attire, from formal to casual. Salt-water cultured pearls have a deeper luster and
sheen than comparable freshwater pearls. These stunning pearls
are a steal at the special price of $95. SOLD.
Lovely shades of golden and coppery browns are most unusual in freshwater
pearls, and these have such interesting shapes too. 3 strands of
pearls, plus one of tiny glass seed beads are strung on silk and
hand-knotted. The handmade gold-filled clasp is decorative
enough to show off in front. About 20 inches long, $110,
earrings included. SOLD
I really love the colors and
the iridescence of these vintage mother-of-pearl buttons and buckles.
The gray seems to show up the iridescence so nicely.
These are connected
by hand-forged sterling silver links into a chain about 24 inches
long, and accented with freshwater pearls. Priced at $175.
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the fabulous blue and green iridescence on this piece of vintage
abalone shell. It is wrapped in sterling silver and accented
with freshwater pearls in complimentary shades. About 2 inches
long, suspended from a 36 inch leather cord whose length can be
adjusted to show off the pendant to best advantage. $75.
Watching the time?
This lovely vintage baby
abalone shell clutches an old watch gear, perhaps found by a mermaid
and stored in her treasure shell? Wrapped in sterling silver
and accented with freshwater pearls in complimentary shades, it is a truly
stunning accent for any occasion. $75. It is even
gorgeous on the back side, so it can be worn either way. 16 inch
black or turquoise ribbon included (not shown). Or a sterling
chain or strand of freshwater pearls could be added, at an additional
Cock of the Walk
This fabulous piece of abalone shell was broken, but the colors
were so gorgeous that I had to clean it up and make this spectacular
pendant. It reminded me of a bird, so I forged the sterling
silver to accent that impression. As you can tell from the
pictures, both sides of the piece are equally stunning. About 3
x 4 inches. The chain is made of heavy sterling silver figure 8
links connected by abalone beads, and is about 24 inches long.
Abalone bead earrings included. $225..
This interesting piece of abalone shell has the natural holes from the
shell and the scalloped cut-outs where buttons were made from the
shell. Sterling silver winds in and out of the natural holes and
is accented with freshwater pearls and tiny glass seed beads.
About 3 inches long, $75. SOLD
Golden stick pearls ring the neck, with a handmade gold-filled clasp accented
by more pearls to show off front and center, making
it easier to fasten.
Pearls are strung on silk and hand-knotted.
About 22 inches long.
Priced at $75. Earrings matching the clasp are $45. (Set $100).
I love these freshwater stick pearls, and sometimes have similar necklaces
and earrings in other colors, with
sterling clasps, like these in sea-green, $95. SOLD. And another strand in
silvery white, with a vintage button clasp, $110. SOLD
I found these unusual long
pink freshwater pearls and wrapped them in sterling silver to make the
links of this chain. Centered on the chain is one of my "melted
metal"© pieces with a handmade lamp work
bead drop in iridescent swirls of color. The chain is about 25
inches long, with a handmade clasp. $95.
Multiple strands of pink and
maroon keishi freshwater pearls are
gathered up onto a
handmade clasp of a vintage abalone button with sterling silver and
more pearls. Quite the spectacular piece. About 24 inches
long. $135. SOLD
For something different in the way of pearl earrings, consider
these sterling silver squiggles accented with freshwater pearls.
Priced at $35. Several styles of squiggle can be trimmed with
your choice of color in freshwater pearls...
Sterling silver waves form this bracelet,
accented by fish shaped freshwater pearls and ocean blue apatite. Sized
for the slightly larger woman's wrist, this bracelet will bring the
sea to you. $75. SOLD
"Sea Treasures" pendants
I found a stash of fabulous vintage abalone
shell buttons with wonderful colors.
Accented with sterling silver waves and multi-colored fresh-water
pearls, these almost let you hear the ocean washing the shore. These
are stunning on a simple silver chain or
a strand of pearls. Priced from $45 to $95, in sizes
from 1 to 3 inches in diameter. Each pendant is handmade, and will
be unique. Similar pendants are available with white or gray
mother-of-pearl buttons and freshwater pearls or stone beads, $35-55.
Shown, garnets on white button, $45. You may
specify the main color of pearl or stone desired if you like, or I will send you
the prettiest one I have.
Vintage button earrings
While playing around with
the vintage buttons and sterling silver, I came up with these earrings.
Top left, mother-of-pearl buttons with freshwater pearls, $35.
Top right, engraved buttons, $30. Bottom left, green snail button
$45. Bottom right, abalone
pearls, $65. All with sterling silver "French hook" ear wires.
Each pair is hand-crafted, so styles may vary...
So it eventually crossed my mind to see if I could make
rings from the vintage buttons, and these are what I came up with.
The band is sterling silver, and the buttons are accented with
several freshwater pearls. The sizes do not come out exact, so
try them on different fingers to see where they fit. $25-30.
pink freshwater pearls hand-knotted on silk, with "melted metal">©
fused silver accents create an unusual necklace, about 22 inches
long. The center piece looked like the moon behind some clouds to
me - what does it look like to you? $65
Green coin pearls hand-knotted on silk suspend a beautiful piece of
vintage abalone shell in stunning iridescent greens, graced with
sterling silver swirls and freshwater pearls. About 22 inches
long. $95. A treasure suitable for a mermaid. SOLD.
Natural red coral from the Mediterranean is
becoming increasingly scarce as pollution
damages the coral reefs. This vintage short branch coral is
strung on silk and hand-knotted with a gold-filled pearl clasp, about
18 inches long. $55. In the Middle Ages, coral was
thought to protect the wearer from demons and madness...