Girls Love Pearls

(originally posted Feb 7, 2012 by

This girl, especially!

Hi, I’m Phylly from SendingLoveGallery.
From the time my parents gave me my first little pearl earrings for newly pierced ears, I was hooked. Pearls are tiny miracles! They are one of the the world’s few organic gemstones, and are created by oysters and mussels; and these days with help from pearl farmers. The other organic gems are amber, coral, ivory and jet. This post is about freshwater pearls, since they are the most economical and accessible for designers and buyers.

A freshwater pearl is formed in a mussel which secrets nacre (proounced Nay-ker) around an irritant. These beautiful layers of nacre are also known as mother-of-pearl, and are really calcium carbonate!

Freshwater pearls have long been found in mussels in Japanese rivers and lake beds. Natural freshwater pearls have also been found in the Mississippi River Delta in the U.S. But these days Chinese pearl farmers are producing most of the freshwater pearls available from the mussels Hyriopsis cumingi, or Triangle shell, and Hyriopsis schlegeli, or Biwa shell. Japanese production of freshwater pearls has ended due to industrial pollution of the lakes, so China has taken over production of the Biwa type pearl.

This is an unusual heart shaped biwa pearl, that formed when two biwa “sticks” grew together into this shape. The other biwa pearls on the string were the more usual stick shape.
The cockscombe mussel is responsible for little “rice-crispy-like” pearls like the ones dangling from these earrings.
Shaped freshwater pearls are created by implanting a bead form into the mussel.  This coin pearl was created using an implanted round shape.
This is another example of a coin pearl, this time in a teardrop shape.

Keishi pearls are free-form pearls that develop in the mussel. These fine silver earrings have a series of keishi pearls forming a drop.

Because pearls are organic, they are more delicate than other gemstones and need a bit of special care. To avoid scratching store pearl jewelry separately in a soft cloth or pouch, or in a cloth lined jewelry box. Put on your pearl jewelry after you’ve finished with your make-up, hairspray and perfume to minimize getting these things on them, which will harm the finish. Get in the habit of cleaning your pearls after wearing them by wiping them with a soft, damp cloth. To remove any accumulated build-up pearls can be washed occasionally in a very mild soap solution with a soft cloth. Then rinse and pat dry. If you have pearls that are strung on silk, remember to get them re-strung occasionally.

Take care of your lovely little Pearl Miracles, and they will stay in beautiful condition for your lifetime and be enjoyed by the next generation. Thanks for looking at my pearl creations! You can find more beautiful freshwater pearl jewelry from my JewelryonEtsy teammates by searching jetteam freshwater pearl : )

A little sparkle

(originally posted Nov 17, 2011 by

Although it still feels “early” to be thinking about the holidays, Thanksgiving is next week, and after that the holiday season begins! I don’t know about you, but this feels really soon! One of the wonderful things about the holidays is an excuse to add some sparkle to our fashion, and what better way to do that than with the jewelry we wear?

For those of us who need to ease into things (like me)… I chose a few things from my shop, SendingLoveGallery, that will start us out easy, with just a little glow.

The soft glow of silver and moonstone… you can wear this Snowflake fine silvernecklace all winter long, since it’s not tied to a specific holiday

Glowing opalite glass with silver… reminds me of icicles
Pearl and Sterling Silver Earrings
Teal Freshwater Pearls and Sterling Silver
And now for some “shimmer”…the soft shimmering colors of glass. Sugar Plums?


Beginning to sparkle now…

Dressy black onyx earrings that have a traditional black and white theme with a bit of sparkle from the rock crystal quartz faceted stones.

Sparkly earrings that bring a touch of green, but not the bright green we associate with Christmas…this is a more subdued olivine green. These are made with old stock rhinestones and brass filigrees for a fun vintage look.


Definitely sparkly!

This repurposed vintage necklace features an antique Art Deco dress clip which I have repurposed into a pendant with an attached platinum plated chain that goes with the aged rhodium finish of the metal. The old rhinestones have a quiet glitter that I just love!

And if you love to get your sparkle on, you’re in luck! I’ll be adding more sparklies to my shop over the next few days, so please come check out my shopSendingLoveGallery. My other shop is LovesVintageDelights with vintage jewelry and accessories.

Thanks for reading!

The Month of March – Aquamarine Jewelry

(this first appeared March 10, 2010 in my original blog)

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March…

The color of sky and water, Aquamarine is a gemstone with the energy of serenity and peace. It has a very calming energy, and is often used in meditation. Aquamarine is a powerful stone for helping us become in touch with our spiritual being and also grow in strength and integrity. It is considered a rejuvenating, healing stone which is soothing to wear. It is calming for the nerves and good for depression. Aquamarine has long been used for protection in travel, especially for safe travel on water. ~

Here are some examples of Aquamarine Gemstone jewelry I’ve designed and created…