I can say with certainty that I do not know anyone who loves pearls more than Shel! She has such a passion for the subject, and has written quite a few guides to help the rest of us with the difference in luster and origin of these beauties.
Last year I participated in Shel's hop and had a funny thing happen to me. I discovered that I had an ethnic boho style. I truly love creating pieces with leather and pearls; there is just something about that look that I gravitate towards.
But every now and then when I pick up pearls I just feel the elegance of them in my hand, and I need to create something with a bit more timelessness. This sweet little double strand bracelet screams Audrey to me. I could absolutely see her wearing this in Breakfast at Tiffany's. While this one is a bit formal, I feel like I could wear it for almost any occasion.
As Shel says "most people still see pearls as stuffy, snobby or classic and all prim and proper. Not me. I believe they go with anything, on anyone, in any season and for any reason." And besides, that little flower clasp just makes me smile. So I may just be wearing this one everyday.
So one of the things that happened in my life recently is that I changed 'day jobs.' Oh how I wish my beady hobby was enough for me to pay the bills, but alas it is not. And so I spend my days working in an office. This new job has a need for more formal 'meeting attire' and I was realizing that I really didn't have any jewelry that matches this (did I say how much I like boho?). This is just silly considering my stash of beads and findings, so I decided to make myself a simple black pearl necklace for work. I didn't want it too stuffy so I alternated with small off white freshwater pearls in a few sizes. I wear a lot of black and grey so this has been absolutely perfect.