I just bought an oval-shaped pearl, supposedly Tahitian, which has a
little bump on the narrow end of the oval. The pearl is also fully
I want to set this pearl as a drop pendant to wear on a chain. My
question is whether it is possible or recommendable to shave off the
bump on the top or otherwise modify the end that will go up against a
pendant cup and bail? If so, how would one accomplish that?
Also, since I want to use a gold pendant bail and cup with a post to
be inserted in the top, what should I do about the full drill? This
bail is perfect visually for this particular pearl, so I don’t want
to fabricate another one with a wire that will go all the way down
the pearl’s drilled center, if possible.
I would really appreciate any help and ideas on how to handle this
The pearl measures 11.0mm x 14.6mm.
Laura H. Hastings