Pearl Reflections Help Create Special Necklace

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Collage - partial pearl inventory

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Collage – partial pearl inventory

Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it. –Chinese proverb

There’s no treasure like friendship and frequently my bead box causes me to think of friends. That is no surprise, given how many of my beads are tied to friends:

Jan encouraged me to follow my bliss and brought me special bits: charms, orphan earrings, pretty beads;

Michele sold me Bali silver, encouraged me to use more sterling in my beadwork and gifted me with pretty, sparkling Swarovski crystals just because;

Kris found special, old beads in her drawers and offered them to me for inspiration, along with boxes in which to place them;

Ann says there’s nothing in my collection she doesn’t like…

I could go on and on… But rather than take my word, or my friends’ words, consider these famous pearl quotes:

“A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” –Coco Chanel

“There is just one piece of jewelry that is equally becoming to everybody, lovely with almost every ensemble, appropriate for almost any occasion, and indispensable in every woman’s wardrobe…long live the pearl necklace, true or false, from our first date until our last breath!” – Genevieve Antoine Dariaux

Friends, like pearls can’t be taken for granted.

In a reflective mood, I gathered a strand of gray freshwater pearls, raided my private stash for some big white ones and added some magical iridescent labradorite to the pile. Labradorite, the stone of magic and crystals, the stone of shamans, seemed perfect to represent the value of friendships. (Read more about labradorite.)

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, pearls and labradorite

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, pearls and labradorite

“If it calls to you and you love it, go for it.” – my motto

Unable to resist the magical luster and sheen and play of colors, I bought every strand of labradorite at a show some years ago. I’m still using those strands and loving every bead.

My pearl goodies were tucked away in a special box: a ring, a vintage pearl drop, a small pearl drop from a dainty necklace, another ring, another modern drop with a CZ.

Because I wanted my charms to hang evenly from the longest strand, I attached an oblong jump ring to a small springring. Perfect! The simple clean look is a different kind of treasure necklace for me. I’m loving it.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Pearl Reflections

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Pearl Reflections

It feels as comfortable and familiar as a good friend. Like a supportive friend, this necklace is a classic, a go-to for any occasion.

Will this necklace be at the Gallery or in my next show? I’m not yet sure I can part with it.

I’m already considering a multi-strand pearl and labradorite bracelet.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Pearl and Labradorite bracelet in process

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Pearl and Labradorite bracelet in process

Maggie wrote about her pearl earrings, “I’ve received many compliments, a testament to your creativity.”

That’s another thing: earrings.

Do pearls cause you to reflect?