Day 2 and the rain is coming down in buckets, perfect weather to hunker down and sort pearls. I started the day in front of a tray brimming with loose metallics and got to work matching pairs. This year I've been getting a lot of requests for pearls with deep purple coloration, so I made a point to select a number of purple pairs, as well as the ever popular whites and "fancy color" pearls.
Back at the September 2013 gem show I selected a number of little metallic keshi nuggets that proved very popular. I've been looking for more ever since but kept coming up short. While I couldn't find any colored keshis I was able to make a couple dozen pairs of silver/dove grey pearls, perfect for studs and dangle earrings.
While sorting loose keshis, one of the staff dropped a handful of keshi strands in front of me. The prices were great, so I pulled a dozen or so of the best strands. These will make a fun and affordable special down the road, I just need to decide what to do with them. If any readers have ideas for them, please leave a comment.
Since posting yesterday, I've had a number of requests for more details on the "Holy Grail" ripple strands. With the day winding down, I went to Grace pearl and selected the 3 best strands they had. These pictures perfectly capture their real life color. Let me know in the comments which strand is your favorite?