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Treasures from the Sea

In spite of the fact that I live in a land-locked area, I am always fascinated by the lovely iridescent products of the sea. Freshwater pearls come in a wide variety of subtle colors and interesting shapes. And I have found a stash of lovely old abalone and mother-of-pearl buttons with wonderful colors that make great jewelry;

Button, button... I really love the colors and the iridescence of these vintage mother-of-pearl buttons and buckles. The gray seems to show up the iridescence so nicely. These are connected by hand-forged sterling silver links into a chain about 24 inches long, and accented with freshwater pearls. Priced at $179.95. Delicious... is the only way to describe the fabulous blue and green iridescence on this piece of vintage abalone shell. It is wrapped in sterling silver and accented with freshwater pearls in complimentary shades. About 2 inches long, suspended from a 36 inch leather cord whose length can be adjusted to show off the pendant to best advantage. $69.95.
Splendid beauty.
Lovely white iridescent stick pearls ring the neck, with a handmade sterling silver toggle clasp using a vintage button and one of the pearls for the toggle, to show off front and center, making it easier to fasten. Pearls are strung on silk and hand-knotted, about 22 inches long. Priced at $79.95. I love these freshwater stick pearls, and sometimes have similar necklaces and earrings in other colors, with sterling clasps,
Cock of the Walk. This fabulous piece of abalone shell was broken, but the colors were so gorgeous that I had to clean it up and make this spectacular pendant. It reminded me of a bird, so I forged the sterling silver to accent that impression. As you can tell from the pictures, both sides of the piece are equally stunning. About 3 x 4 inches. The chain is made of heavy sterling silver figure 8 links connected by abalone beads, and is about 24 inches long. Abalone bead earrings included. $229.95.
Black Beauty. Gorgeous black iridescent stick pearls alternate with smaller pearls to fan out beautifully around your neck. Hand-knotted on silk, about 20 inches long. Sterling silver S hook clasp. $79.95.

Moon dreams. Hot pink freshwater pearls hand-knotted on silk, with "melted metal"> fused silver accents create an unusual necklace, about 22 inches long. The center piece looked like the moon behind some clouds to me - what does it look like to you? $69.95

Pearl earrings. For something different in the way of pearl earrings, consider these sterling silver squiggles accented with freshwater pearls. Priced at $34.95. Several styles of squiggle can be trimmed with your choice of freshwater pearls.  
"Sea Treasures" pendants. I love working with the fabulous vintage abalone and mother-of-pearl buttons. Accented with sterling silver waves and multi-colored fresh-water pearls, these almost let you hear the ocean washing the shore. These are stunning on a simple silver chain or vintage abalone pendants with silver and pearls a strand of pearls. Priced from $44.95 to $99.95, in sizes from 1 to 3 inches in diameter. The shell is $79.95. Each pendant is handmade, and will be unique. Similar pendants are available with white or gray mother-of-pearl buttons and freshwater pearls or stone beads, $34.95 - 59.95. Shown, garnets on white button, $44.95. You may specify the main color of pearl or stone desired if you like, or I will send you the prettiest one I have. Vintage button earrings. While playing around with the vintage buttons and sterling silver, I came up with these earrings. Top left, mother-of-pearl buttons with freshwater pearls, $34.95. Top right, engraved buttons, $29.95. Bottom left, green snail button with emeralds, $49.95. SOLD. Bottom right, abalone with fresh-water pearls, $64.95. All with sterling silver "French hook" ear wires. Each pair is hand-crafted, so styles may vary...

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