I was in a local bead store at closing one evening and the store manager wanted to show me her lasted purchase. She had purchased several stands of fresh water pearls. I noticed that she was wearing what I call a flapper stand of real pearls. She had on a nice blouse and a pair of slacks and I thought, "wow that really looks good." I always felt that there was too much formality with pearls but after seeing her outfit I decided that pearls could be worn with less formal attire.
Funny, I made this strand for myself thinking I would wear them a lot but I have only worn them a couple of times. The last time was at my brother's wedding. I guess I can't shake that feeling that pearls are formal and should be worn accordingly. However, having that strand for the wedding occasion delighted me to no end. I knew immediately that no matter what I would be wearing those pearls even when I had no idea what else I was going to wear to that event. It feels so good to have one less decision to make about my outfit but what felt even better was that I made that necklace myself.
Instructions for knotting pearls is located in the archive section of my blog for a February 29, 2009 post. I recommend that if you enjoy beading and have never tried to knot your own pearls give it a try. You never know when having a strand of gorgeous pearls will be one less decision you have to worry about. Enjoy!