What used to be a broken strand of vintage glass pearls, is now a new necklace. (I wish I had a before picture!) A friend of mine brought over these beautiful vintage champagne glass pearls. They are her mothers. Monetarily, they aren't worth a whole lot, but sentimentally, they are worth a fortune. The mother received them on her sixteenth birthday from her parents. After a few years, the silk broke and they were stored away. The parents who gifted them have long since passed. And the daughter who brought them to me for restringing has a plan to surprise her mother. I hope she will be thrilled to be able to wear them again!
Unfortunately, when the strand broke, some of the pearls were lost. To make the strand long enough, we added pearls from another broken piece of heirloom jewelry. They are slightly smaller and were placed on the ends of the strand, as a necklace of graduated beads would be.
Traditionally, a hook and eye clasp is not used for a pearl necklace, but this one was made for frail arthritic fingers to be able to use easily. But heck! Anything goes now-days with pearls. They can be adapted to any style and paired with any stone. I love pearls and always come away from the Gem Faire with more strands of them than I know what to do with.
...Where was I.... oh yeah! Do you have any hidden gems in your jewelry box? Any broken pieces of jewelry that you hang on to for sentimental reasons? Pull them out. What can be done with them? If you aren't into jewelry making yourself, I am sure you know someone who is. Or, take it to a jeweler. Parts can be repaired, metal can be melted down and made into something new. Beads used in a new way. Pearls restrung.