One of my best customers brought me several strands of keishi pearls
(cornflake pearls) which she wants me to string, with knots, and to
create a small cloisonne enamel set in gold for the clasp.
The keishi pearls that she brought have an excellent lustre, and are
side drilled. However, the centers of the pearls are very thin.
Therefore, the thread on which they are strung and goes through from
side to side, is visible on the concave side of the pearls. I don’t
like the looks of them.
I have never worked with keishi pearls before, and the ones I have
seen are thicker and do not have the thread showing in the center of
the concave areas.
I am concerned about working with these thin pearls. It is usual for
keishi to be this thin, and have the thread showing when they are
Before I agree to undertake this project I thought I had better get
some expert opinion about these pearls.
This customer is very easy to work with, and always follows my
suggestions. If the consensus is that the pearls are inferior, I
will have no hesitation discussing it with her. However, I don’t want
to jump to a conclusion by assuming the pearls are not best quality.
Therefore will wait for your advice.