Bead Strands and Pearl Necklaces

Beads and pearls have been in existence for thousands of years. Beads were first made of animal teeth and bones. Pearls were most likely discovered while searching for food along beaches. Mary Ann Archer’s amazing artistry and mature eye of experience assemble these exquisite materials into bead strands and pearl necklaces that will endure the test of time.

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Beads have been traded for thousands of years, before the time of Christ. They were first made of animal teeth, bones, ivory, shells and plants and worn for status and hierarchy. They were also a portable form of wealth. When glass blowing originated in Mesopotamia, beads were made by melting pieces of glass over a mandrel in a fire pit.

Unlike precious stone beads, pearls are grown by live oysters below the surface of the oceans. They were probably first discovered by people searching for food along the seashores. They were revered as magical and one of the worlds’ most beautiful gems.

Pearls have a shimmering iridescence and seem to glow. Today because of cultivation, pearls are readily available and affordable for everyone.

I use only natural materials and pearls when I design and string bead strands and pearl necklaces. Great effort is taken to search out beads and pearls that are not only unique and beautiful, but also those that are rare and have interesting shapes, vibrant colors and are of high quality.

Consequently, most bead strands are one of a kind articles. Many pearl necklaces can be duplicated for multiple gift giving such as bridesmaid wedding gifts.

Expert skills are also used when the beads and pearls are strung together as necklaces. I use only the finest in beading materials. With years of experience, I have developed methods that are both beautiful and enduring.

Lastly, I like to think that my artistry and artistic eye for color are key factor in the success of my jewelry pieces. Combining beads and pearls into a necklace of beauty is fun for me and knowing they are worn as keepsakes and even handed down to loved ones is an added bonus.

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