Revisiting the Tahitian Pearl Harvest Strand

Happy (first blog post) of the New Year!

Last month was a whirlwind. Christmas season at Pearl Paradise always means putting our all into getting every last package out and delivered before the big day. We have a lot of fun doing it and it’s a lot of work.

During the whirlwind, I don’t typically have time for many of the “fun” pieces I enjoy making throughout the year. These are the pieces that take a bit of extra time and several revisits to get the look “just right.” But a request came across my desk and I decided to give it a go.

Harvest strands are fun. Whenever we process large lots of drops, circles, baroques and rounds, there are always special pearls with special colors that don’t quite fit the standard colors we offer because you just don’t see them often enough. I love creating harvest strands and using these pearls to make the truly special.

The request was for a large harvest strand with little emphasis on green and heavy emphasis on other colors. And did I mention large?! Our client likes her pearls large and so the average pearl size in the strand was to be around 12 millimeters and to include pearls as large as 15 and even 16 millimeters. The final length – 74 inches!

Enjoy!

Tahitian Pearl Harvest Strand

This is one of the largest and longest harvest strands I’ve ever put together.

A 74-inch Tahitian Harvest Strand

 

PS
We had a slight glitch with our blog last year and so many people weren’t getting blog post updates, so this may be the first one you’ve received in quite some time. My sincerest apologies about that!

Tahitian Harvest Strands

Two months ago I received the first request for a Tahitian “Harvest” strand. It’s something we’ve been encouraged to make for some time, but there are usually so many different things I “want” to work on and I rarely get to them all.

It was decided by the team that we would make a few of these strands for the September Connoisseur event, so when a request came in for something special in July, I decided to take the reigns personally. Fast-forward two months later and I believe we’ve made a total of 22 strands, and I’ve personally made most of them.

What is trending as a “harvest strand” is a strand of pearls that represents what one would expect to find in a real pearl harvest. When you can appreciate the beauty of one of these strands, it’s even easier to appreciate the effort put in to grow these pearls and match them into graded strands.

Three-row Tahitian pearl harvest strand Sep 11 2014 lp copy

Finding a three-strand clasp that would work for something this massive is not an easy task so we did the only thing we could – make a clasp from scratch. On a good note, however, this gave us the ability to customize it and add an extender so the strand can be worn short or long with all the pearls showing. You probably noticed the space between the strands above as well. This is so when the strand is being worn long, the inner strands don’t overtake the outer and overlap.

Three-row Tahitian harvest

And just for fun, I made one “harvest” strand of freshwater pearls just to see how it would come out. I used a lot of really special keshi, metallics, ripples and even souffle pearls in this one. It was a fun piece.

Freshwater Harvest Strand

I am thinking of hanging up the harvest strand hat for a while, but my good friend Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls had a good idea when he was here last month — a vault strand. Now that could get dangerous!

Hisano and I are hopping on a plane to Hong Kong and should be airborne within the hour!