Knotted Pearl Bead Jewelry Beautifies and Satisfies

Bead jewelry of knotted pearls are 'Barely There' according to Mary Ellen Merrigan of Mary Ellen Beads.
©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan

Adornment. Just as each person is different so too is the embellishment they choose.
Throughout history (or herstory), women decorated with enhancements of necklaces, earrings, pins, bracelets and ornamentation galore.

My preference changes from one of substance to one of subtlety, depending on my mood.
“Barely There launched from an experimentation with fiber and material. A tiny cloth choker with a few small pearls inspired me. In typical fashion, I took the idea to a different extreme: lots of shaped and colored pearls, an entire card of silk fiber (the kind that comes with a thin needle on the end).

Some of my friends who prefer delicate items wanted the new invention in every color. Thus, a lightweight necklace of pearls, knotted on silk thread, is a signature item in my collections.

‘Barely There,’ a 40 – 60” necklace, uses traditional knots on beautiful and strong silk cord. No two creations are the same. Using a pattern of randomness, I add pearls of all shapes, sizes and colors, various silk threads. The necklace can then be worn long or wrapped two to three times in a drape pleasing to the wearer or viewer.

Pearls, one of the oldest and most beautiful of beads, are unique among gemstones since they come from the sea. In ancient cultures, pearls were thought to represent the moon and bear magical properties. They are elegant, appropriate for any occasion and universally loved for their unique shapes, colors, luster and presentation.

What is the Significance of ME’s ‘Barely There’?

As I make these necklaces, I knot in good things: peace, harmony, laughter, good experiences with friends and family – in short, a multitude of magical blessings.

My wish for you is this:

“May my random acts of beading bring you much joy!”

I’ve developed a tag for ‘Barely There’s’ that shares much of the information contained in this post and talks about caring for the piece.

©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 'Barely There' collection display
©2016, Mary Ellen Merrigan, ‘Barely There’ collection display

At shows I display my knotted pearl bead jewelry collection on a mannequin I made from a tablecloth and napkins (pictured below). Isn’t life fun?

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