Monday, January 26, 2015

Not your grandma's pearls

I've accumulated an extensive stash of fresh water pearls over the years. I hoard them. 
I really think I need an intervention group or something for my bead-hoarding...
(but I'm guessing that we'd all end up participating in the group lol)

The other day, when Miss Erin showcased the new 2015 Pantone colors, I started looking through my stash and pulled out a couple of strands of pearls that caught my eye with their soft cool hues.
They seemed to match really well with this year's palette.

When I use pearls in my designs, I aim to set them up in a non-traditional way, so that we don't end up thinking that we're wearing our grandma's pearls ;)

So this is what I've come up with for this design:

Designer Pearl Earrings by Nathalie Lesage at
The fresh water pearls featured at the top are a soft cool blue, almost a dusk blue (Pantone 16-4120). Although the color is soft, I think these two pearls at the top really 'pop' and add a touch of brightness and spunk to the design. They seem almost luminescent :)

The set of pearls at the bottom is a Titanium grey (Pantone 17-4014) that picks up
the same metalic hues as the Hill Tribe Fine Silver Squares.

Soft cool grey hues inspired by the Pantone 2015 colors
These hollow HT square were very plain originally, but a few years ago, I had heavily distressed them to use them in a project, and I ended up using something else instead. I kept wanting to do something with these, and it seems that today was the right moment.

I hope that you'll agree that these are not your grandma's pearls :D

You can find these earrings HERE on my website.

Have a fabulous day!
Metalsmith & Jewelry Artist


  1. Lovely!
    Pearls can look a bit too formal or overly bridal but these are fun and very wearable.

    1. I agree, I feel the same way. Glad you think these are wearable :D

  2. beautiful blue & silver combo. Love the hill tribe and the way you've made it your own!

  3. Nathalie, well the collective noun for a group of bead-res is "hoard", so....

    I have TWO shoe boxes of pearls! So, go us!

    I love the juxtaposition of the smooth pearls with the distressed metal. The pearls will glow from across the room and the metal will reflect.

    These will be eye-catching in every light!

    1. Yes, GO US!!! LOL We should get together with our boxes full of pearls :)

  4. I'm like you. Natalie. Not a big fan of pearls but there is a place for them as you have shown in this earrings. I love the combination with the distressed metal and the colours are wonderful too. The grey and blue work really well together. I would definitely wear these. Just my style!

  5. Those are gorgeous! Definitely not pearls my grandmother would wear though I could see myself or my mother proudly showing these off.

  6. Beautiful! I love how you made the pearls so modern and how you distressed the squares.

  7. Really love these Nathalie! The color combo is perfection.

  8. Thanks everybody :) I had fun making these.

  9. Fascinating pair of earrings! I love those silver box elements, and whatever you did to "distress" them, you did it right! The antiqued silver works really nicely with the slatey-blue pearls.