Multi-Strand Necklace of Green & Tan Keshi Pearls
- Combinations of unexpected colours is like nature itself. I spotted some soft, green leaves on a tree recently and noticed how wonderful they looked next to the tree’s tan bark. Later, when I found these soft, sea green keshi pearls, I immediately thought of what I had seen in nature, so I brought them together with tan toned keshi pearls. And much to my delight, the necklace is surprisingly versatile and flattering.
- These cornflake shaped keshi pearls are approximately15.5 mm. and they are full of lustre.
- Of course the green keshi pearls are dyed, but then most pearls are. Dyed pearls come about through a number of techniques. The one I know, through someone who has a pearl farm in China, is one in which the pearls are placed for a month or more in a container with a liquid saturated with a powder dye. Electrodes gently move the pearls about so that they are evenly coloured. Although people say the colour can fade, I have been working (and wearing) dyed pearls for many years. As long as you don't spray perfume or hairspray onto the pearls, the colour remains. But then that is true of all pearls.
- All three strands feed into vintage, handmade 18K gold-on-silver-on-hardened resin beads, made in Afghanistan, using the ancient techniques passed down by Alexander the Great’s artisans. Each bead is 16.5 mm.
- A 14K gold vermeil toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
- The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
- Length 43 cm (17").