Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pearl St. Therese

This piece was commissioned by my parents for their god-daughter.  It is 16" long, made of white cultured freshwater pearls on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire.  The findings are platinum plated brass, and the St. Therese medal is sterling silver.  The back of the medal is blank.

Simple yet elegant, I think this is a great style for weddings.


"A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls (baroque pearls) occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable.  The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but they are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls. Cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those that are currently sold."  (Wikipedia)

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