A better shot of the Syncopation strand of pearls. They're doubled over, but would stretch out to opera length (roughly 36+ inches) when worn. The price has been raised to $95 (from $65) after my jewelry instructor read me the riot act about not undervaluing my work.
So I did a little scouting around. My Aunt Sandie and I had wandered into a Chico's after we met for lunch in Long Island the other week. We took a careful look at prices. Last weekend, I did that again with the hubby at an outdoor mall. I went into Black&White (or whatever it's called) and some costume jewelry stores.
Would you believe an opera-length strand of faux pearls is $60? Is that obscene? Do you know how faux pearls are made? The good ones have a coating of ground fish scales layered over glass beads.
I didn't see any good ones. I mostly saw plastic. Heavy plastic. My pearls are light as feathers -- you'll forget you're wearing them. And heavenly bivalves, Batman, these are real pearls!
So it may take a while to sell them. I'm okay with that. My instructor -- and my aunt -- are right. I'm not factoring in the cost of my time. I never planned to get rich off this, but I shouldn't be breaking the bank either. To make sure there's still a good range of prices, I'll be uploading photos of some shiny, glittery freshwater pearl strands at $15 apiece soon. Still a bargain.