Thinking of expanding your pearl wardrobe?
Little white akoyas are the 'helmet hair' of the pearl world and here are hair-blowing-back-on-an-Vespa pearls, just for you.
All are currenly listed with an exceptional eBay seller, Care Ehret of DruzyDesign. Let's start modestly and train up. Note prices are for current auction listing so can go higher with bidding. All strands are temporarily strung, and all are freshwater pearls.
1. A 16-inch strand of keishis, one of my favourite types, because they are all nacre. You will never have dead spots from wear, and the pearl has depth, life and character. Purple, white and cream tones. Current listing price: $10. String them with a simple silver clasp and knock your t-shirt out of the park for less than $50.
2. Sixteen glowing petal pearls. You might string these on chain, clustered at the bottom. $15 bucks as of today's listing. She is also offering fifty-three of these petals, a lavish strand, $300 at current listing. Great size (about 12.5mm wide and long), not sweet or girly, these petals have presence.
3. If you like a classic round pearl, this strand of 'metallic' (colour) mauve and pink good-sized (8.5-9.5 mm) off rounds is alluring- $46 at current listing. Not perfect, a few tiny blemishes that to me reflect nature and are more appealing than rigorously perfect rounds.
4. Baroque Rainbow flameballs, mamma mia! Great balls of fire, these flash hot pink, teal, bronze, mauve (all natural colours) and make a party, not a 'statement'. Big honkin' rock star pearls, $900 right now.
Care Ehret is a reputable, devoted, talented jeweler, the exception on eBay. Respected by the trade, adored by her clients; don't worry about misrepresentation or poor service.
Other pearls on this site top $5,000, but I like these funkier, less 'la-di-da' strands.
Care offers South Seas, Tahitians (see the heart-stopping blues) and rare Sea of Cortez and abalone pearls, too. Her eBay store (Druzy Design Treasures) is an education.