A mask hanger is a must have these days. And one that doubles as an elegantly casual necklace on the other side of the pandemic is even better.
The knotted strand features approximately 45 pearls. Because of the additional pearls, this holder is heavier than most of our others, but it does not pull down on the mask or make it uncomfortable.
As a necklace, this strand is a modern version of the traditional, knotted pearl strand. It's chunky and sumptuous, and feels and looks great. It's casual enough to wear with sweats, dressy enough to wear with a suit jacket, and has great presence for a Zoom call.
This style is made with soft, metallic leather cord and baroque freshwater nugget pearls. The mask attaches to the leather with large sterling silver lobster clasps, which make it easy to change your mask. These clasps are great for all sizes of mask elastics and ties, including large ones.
The colour shown in the images is warm silver. Please select the colour leather you would like when you order.
Mask hangers are 25" long. If you'd like yours longer or shorter, please make a note in your order.
$5 from each mask hanger will go be donated to the Avenue Road Food Bank, Toronto, Ontario.
Shipping is included, and hangers will be sent by regular mail, which is quite slow these days. If you would like to upgrade to UPS for shipping to the US, there is an option to add express shipping with tracking when you check out ($15 CAD).
Please note that this listing is for the holder only. It does not include the mask.
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. Water can also weaken the bond between the pearl and the post.
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!