i went to a seven sisters college.
there, i am proud of this and it has formed my life.
i am not a snob
(all the time)
from going there.
i wanted desperately to fit in, but could never manage this.
i suspect that this theme is something you have heard and will hear again and again.
apologies on that.
many times over.
what i now know is that i wanted to thumb my nose at all the seeming conventions of the time.
my head just was not screwed on right though.
i was thinking of the 50's.
not the later 70's when i actually went.
so i will confess, i need pearls all the time.
in my mind, the pearls that were standard, were simple strands of evenly sized beauties.
never got any.
they were never a contender for application to my then slender neck.
in the mindset of thumbing my nose or being sarcastic pearl-wise,
i started to play around with the glass based pearl surfaced variants.
they came in all kinds of sizes and shapes and the prices were right.
most of the time, they have been available to me in the $5.00 per pound section
in one of my haunts.
how could i not play
when they were available just waiting to feel the fountain of youth
strike them full of new purpose?
so play i did.
and i started to swag and loop like my mother's pearls never would have.
of course, she probably has real pearls.
i am mortified, but i am insanely frugal.
i don't mean to use inexpensive stuff, or junky stuff, or broken, chipped, scratched or
yucky versions of the real mccoys.
however, i love the lower price point of the fake pearls.
only when i can snag a huge amount of them.
lots and lots of them.
here are a few of the necklaces i made playing pearly tetris.
shimmer and luster
bridal bibelot II
victorian sensible II
i have taken to the pearls... wouldn't you say so?
they are not really what the fifties suggested,
but are now classic stylish necklaces
from a seven sister's grad with a contemporary twist.
i feel like i fit in now.
the new goal may be to never fit in again... hee hee.