My niece CC was born 5 years ago this July, I had been debating what to gift her. Over the years I have tried to stick to educational, not traditionally “for girls” type gifts as she’s a brilliant young human being and I’ve always wanted to encourage that mind to grow. She’s part dreamer, scientist, astronaut and princess all rolled into one (among other things). I admire CC immensely. She has no biases and places no limits on herself. She is a marvel to watch. Not having children of my own, I hold adamantly to the rule that I need to follow her parents’ lead. I pay attention to how they speak to her and discipline her and try follow suit, consistency is magic for kids! This year, leading up to her birthday I was chatting with her Mom about gifts and party plans. Though I live far away I like to keep in touch as much as I can. CC’s Mom told me that CC had requested a princess dress for her birthday party so I asked if gifting her a set of princess jewellery would be acceptable. Mom agreed, jewellery would be perfect!
As you all may have noticed by now, I LOVE pearls. Diamonds just aren’t my thing. So I thought a set of classic pearls would be great for CC. A little bit of me, gifted to her. Something she can keep over the years. I made them slightly long so they should last the next few years and if ever it becomes necessary I can always adjust the sizing of them down the road. She can have this set of pearls forever, if that’s what she decides to do. This set is made with gold Swarovski crystal pearls in 6 MM with silver filled findings. A very classic colour for pearls in a classic, simple design. At the time I didn’t know what dress CC ended up picking for herself so I wanted a versatile set that would go with anything.
Mom reports that CC LOVED her jewellery and wore it all weekend long. Nothing makes an auntie happier than hearing that!
Having found all of my carved flower shell pendants, I wanted to use some more of them. I picked this one out of the package, which is a peachy pink with a slightly darker half that adds a bit of a taupe cast. This seemed perfectly feminine to me, so I matched it with some peach and white freshwater pearls. Since pearls are June’s birthstone, this would make a great gift!
Since my bin of assorted pearls was still out on my work table, I dug through and found a few more for another pearl trio pendant. I love how the one in Day 78turned out, so I’m trying out the same design with different colours. This one features deep, irridescent grey pearls with a light bronze one. Lovely, classic, and neutral enough to go with almost any outfit.
I love buying random bead mixes, as you may have gathered. The two dark peacock pearls in these earrings came from one of those mixes, and the gold pearls on either side of them are the tail end of a strand that I’ve used elsewhere. The holes in the gold pearls are absolutely minscule, so I created links for them using fine silver wire, and finished at the bottom with delicate little spirals.
Also, pro tip: when photographing things that are reflectively shiny, wear neutral-coloured clothing. I just noticed that you can see a teeny bit of blue in the silver balls on the ear wires. That’s a reflection of the t-shirt I’m wearing today. 🙂
I absolutely adore this necklace. Both sets of pearls were bought within the past year – the gold coins at a local beading shop, and the white potato pearls online. The two strands are connected by carved carnelian flowers, which were bought online with my friend Carolyn, of Maidenstar. We placed an order together and ended up getting a better discount and better shipping. 🙂
I’ve wanted to do a design like this for ages, and sorting through my beads this morning, I decided to give this combination a try. I’m SO glad I did.