Ladies & Gentlemen, I have a quick question, that I know can be
answered with the vast knowledge that the Orchid community has. I
am making a pearl necklace (8-9mm FW Pearls) that is also going to
contain approx 4mm Coral beads and 2 - 3 mm gold beads. My dilemma
is this: Originally I was going to tie knots between all the beads
(as in a typical pearl necklace) with white silk. While the final
arraignment of the beads has yet to be finalized, I know that there
will be an alternating pattern between the pearls,coral beads, and
gold beads. However, after thinking about it - I’m afraid that the
size of the knots might interfere with the overall aesthetic of the
necklace. Because the holes on the pearls are rather large - I am
going to have to use a thicker size silk which produces knots which
are also large - especially when sitting in between two gold beads.
Besides using a metal wire (like memory wire or the like) and crimp
beads, what other possible solutions are there? I was thinking
about the possibility of only knotting between the pearls, and let
the coral and gold “touch”. As you already know, however, coral is
a rather soft “stone” to begin with - should I be worried about
continued wear of the coral/coral contact or the coral/gold contact?
I know I could offset the situation by buying larger gold and/or
coral beads - but there is a price issue with that. I welcome any
and all suggestions in the matter, and I thank you in advance.