Catherine Cardellini Pearls

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The pearls I use are cultured freshwater pearls from China where they are grown in rivers and ponds on pearl farms. They have come a long way since the rice crispie pearls of thirty years ago.

I like the different colours and shapes cultured freshwater pearls are available in so that is what I have here.
If your taste is for white, perfectly round pearls, I probably will not have what you're looking for, or at least not many.

Colours are natural unless the description says they are dyed. Most are natural, simply because I like the gorgeous undyed colours.

Photos are taken in my front porch in deep shade. I try to get the photos to look as close as possible to the way your pearls will look when you wear them. I think they look better in real life.

The clasps are either fine silver, sterling silver or gold filled (rolled gold), some purchased, most hand made. The hand made clasps have been very popular as they are nice and easy to do up and undo, which of course means we wear our lovely necklaces more often. For some odd reason after I needed reading glasses I had difficulty with fiddly clasps, even though I used to do them up by feel. Maybe its a patience thing.

Please feel free to ask questions using the contact link below. There are more photos on the More Photos page, I think the colours of the pearls are more accurate when lying on a paper towel or white cloth.

If you are not already familiar with navigating the site, the using the site page has information to help you
I really hope you are thrilled with your purchase.
Catherine.

PRICES: The price of each item is in Australian Dollars, but there is a drop down box (scroll down a little) so you can change prices to your local currency. More detailed information on the Using The Site Page; there is a link at the bottom of the page. Or click HERE.
If you haven't discovered the WISH LIST yet: there is a link at the bottom of the page. Or click HERE.

THIS IS THE PLACE TO CHECK FOR NEWS OF NEW UPDATES AND SPECIAL PROMOTIONS.

29th November 2015:
Iíve just added six pairs of earrings, they'll be on the first two pages of Earrings, with your settings on Unsorted. I'm a bit slow lately, I have a frozen shoulder which is only letting me get a few hours sleep at a time. Luckily it isn't painful to string. On the plus side it will get better.
Kind Regards
Catherine

10th July 2012:
I've added several items to into Specials, retook some photos and marked a couple down further. If you have your settings on Unsorted, they will be at the front.

13th February 2010:
Lucas made me a page for photos of the bears I used to make (well,some, not all). Some of you might be interested, and it's good to have them somewhere safe. Link down the bottom In The Past, Or click HERE.

NOTE:
If you want a necklace of a set but not the earrings, email me and I can alter the item so it is no longer a set. If I list them seperately and the matching earrings sell, I cannot make another pair the same. If they happen to be in the Specials section, I'll reduce the price proportionately.
I hope you all have a lovely week!
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Forty Four Inch Tahitian, South Sea and Very High Lustre White Off Round Freshwater Pearl  Rope Forty Four Inch Tahitian, South Sea and Very High Lustre White Off Round Freshwater Pearl Rope
Description: Eleven black Tahitian circle drip pearls with twelve deep yellow circled South Sea pearls with five sharp lustre, off round to oval, white freshwater pearls between each one. Very minor dimples you can see in the photos.
Strung on powerpro and knotted. Gold filled donut beads either side of the Tahitians and South Sea pearls.
As I usually do, photos are taken in indirect daylight in my porch, no light box.
Grade: AA+++
Pearl Size: Whites are about 6mm; Tahitians range from 10.2mm x 13mm to 10.9mm x 11.8mm; South Sea pearls8.7mm x 9.4mm up to 11.5mm x 10.7mm.
Length: 44 inches (111.76cm)
Clasp: Handmade rolled yellow gold hook and eye.
Price: 920.00 AUD + Postage
Item Number: 2558
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White Sharp Lustre Freshwater Pearls with Circled Tahitian Pearl Necklace White Sharp Lustre Freshwater Pearls with Circled Tahitian Pearl Necklace
Description: Eleven natutal colour salt water Tahitian circled pearls, with excellent lustre and very pretty colour bands, strung mock tin cup style with little sharp lustre, smooth, white, off round (oval to rounder) freshwater pearls. The tahitians have some dimples and wiggles which are visible in the photos. Colours are fabulous, photos taken in indirect daylight with no enhancement.
Grade: AA+
Pearl Size: Whites: around 6mm; Tahitians: 11.6mm x 14.5mm centre front, 10.4mm x 14.4mm, 10mm x 13.2mm, 10.4mm x 14mm (it has bumps), 10.2mm x 13.6mm (bumps) and 10.2mm x 13.3mm at the clasp, measuring up one side.
Length: 19.25 inches (48.9cm)
Clasp: Handmade rolled yellow gold hook and eye.
Price: 360.00 AUD + Postage
Item Number: 2568
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Jumbo Pale Pastel Ripple Freshwater Pearl Necklace Jumbo Pale Pastel Ripple Freshwater Pearl Necklace
Description: Bead nucleated freshwater pearls, the Chinese Kasumi look-alikes.
Lots of lovely ripples and wrinkles, almost crinkly skins; fabulous colour and lustre.
Very pretty, almost neutral in colour, very pale gold, very pale, pale pink with touches of pale lavender or even grey; colours change with different light. photos show how different they look depending on sunlight or cloud cover in indirect daylight; here in artificial light they look a sort of metallic warm cream with touches of grey and rainbows.Strung on powerpro and knotted with tiny 2mm gold filled beads between.
Shape is a rounded plump drip


Grade: AA++
Pearl Size: 14.6mm x 14.3mm x 16.5, 14.3mm x 13.8mm x 15.2, 14.6mm x 14.1mm x 15.6, 13.6mm x 12.6mm x 15.1, 13.6mm x 12.9mm x 16.4 down to 11.6mm x 11.3mm x 13.6mm at clasp
Length: 19 inches (48.26cm)
Clasp: Handmade rolled gold hook and eye.
Price: 860.00 AUD + Postage
Item Number: 2366
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