It's hard to know what to do with a family piece of costume jewellery. No one wants to wear it, but no one wants to part with it either. Let us use the components to make modern, wearable pieces you and your sisters / brothers / cousins / nieces / nephews will appreciate and wear.
Depending on the quantity of beads in your piece, we can make stretch bracelets or bracelets with sterling silver clasps. We'll work together to decide what elements you'd like to add. Price depend on components being added and quantity being made.
The trio of bracelets above were made using lavender glass beads from my Great Aunt Alice's necklace. I made five stretch bracelets for my cousins ($45 each). The single bracelet above was made along with three others from a 1960's necklace from China featuring longevity beads ($25 each).
We love the idea of making a complicated family piece easy to wear and delightful. And something that will bring your family members closer together!
Please send us a message if you're interested.
If you are in Toronto and would like to pick up your order, please make a note in your order.
Shipping is included, and necklaces will be sent by regular mail.
If you are shopping from Canada and would like to upgrade to XPresspost (2-3 days with tracking), please add the $12 shipping option.
If you are shopping from the US and would like to upgrade to FedEx Ground (3-4 days), please add the $20 shipping option.
If you would like express shipping to anywhere else in the world, please get in touch with us.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON PEARLS
To keep your pearls looking their best, they should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off. Avoid getting perfume, hairspray, lotion, or any other chemical on them, and wipe them off right away if you do. Keep them out of water, where hair products, chlorine, or salt water could dull or discolour them.
As popular as pearls are, the range of varieties and prices can get confusing. Here's what you need to know:
1) Almost every real pearl on today's market, regardless of variety, is “cultured.” A cultured pearl is grown in an ocean or a lake, and develops around a nucleus or irritant which is placed in an oyster or mollusk. The final product is created by nature, albeit with man’s help.
2) “Natural” pearls are pearls that have been found in oysters. Natural pearls found today sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Many natural pearls on the market are in antique pieces, and come with gemological x-ray certification.
3) The highest-priced cultured pearls are cultured in seawater, and there are three main varieties: Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea. Akoya pearls, grown off the coast of Japan, were the first saltwater pearls to be cultured, and became the "classic" pearls your grandmother might have worn. Tahitian pearls, which are grown around Tahiti, grow naturally in shades of grey and black, and were developed in the 1970s. South Sea pearls, grown in the Southern Hemisphere, were developed more recently, and are considered by many to be the most desirable pearls.
4) Daily Pearls makes jewellery from cultured freshwater pearls, which are the most affordable variety of cultured pearls. China produces most of the world's freshwater pearls, many of which are unusually shaped, or "baroque."
5) Plastic or glass imitations of cultured pearls are called “simulated” pearls. You can tell the difference between cultured and simulated pearls by touching one to the top of your bottom teeth. If it feels gritty, the pearl is real. If it feels like plastic or glass, it is not a cultured pearl.
Let us know if we can help you with your pearl shopping!