There is nothing more classically chic than a perfectly matched pearl strand. Whether to an opening night at the Kennedy Center or a stroll down the National Mall, a pearl necklace is always appropriate – here in Washington, DC and beyond. Yet there are those among us who find themselves with too many strands of pearls. Gasp! you say. But pearls are often handed down through several generations and may amass within a single woman’s wardrobe. Unfortunately for her, those generations aren’t always kind. Pearls may become scratched or damaged, the string may be brittle or tattered, and the clasp may be broken or missing. What’s a lady to do with all of these heirloom components? It’s time to refurbish and repurpose.
If there are simply too few salvageable pearls to reconstitute a full necklace, or if you fancy something a bit different, consider having the strands refashioned into pearl bracelets with a matching earring set. These take far fewer pearls and the result can be a fresh interpretation of a sentimental piece. The first step always is to have the pearls cleaned and evaluated. This will help determine which pearls should be kept and which should be retired. Restringing is also important for enhancing the strength and durability of the new piece. A new modern setting and clasp may be selected and voilà! – you have a brand new piece of fine jewelry that maintains all the memories of the past, but which is also distinctly you.
If you would like to keep the integrity of the original piece and setting, explore wrapping or braiding strands around your wrist to create a many-layered pearl cuff or bangle. Mixing and matching old and new strands, or pearls of varying sizes and shades, may create an interesting play on dimension and proportion while channeling your inner Coco Chanel. Particularly as the cold weather sets in, these clusters of pearls are the perfect foil to a heavy winter coat or glove. You may be surprised at how many different ways a strand of pearls may be worn. You just have to start exploring! Get in touch with Spey to discuss bringing new life to your pearl strands.