Pearls: Dazzle Our Imaginations!

Pearls have been a treasured part of cultures since ancient times. The "pearl of great price" mentioned in the Bible has captured imaginations of many and authors have explored the idea of pearls in many ways.

Create Jewelry: Pearls: Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear

By Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett

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"The editors of Beadwork magazine reveal the elegance of pearls with projects, photography, and history in this tribute to nature’s iconic gemstone. Step-by-step instructions for 20 stunning projects involving natural, freshwater, and imitation pearls are accompanied by photos to guide jewelry makers of all ability levels through the wide range of materials, colors, and shapes used in these elegant and wearable designs.
Broken into three sections, 'The Classics' covers traditional pearl stringing and simple earrings, 'Special Occasions' includes a striking copper-colored choker and a lariat suitable for a bride, and 'Fashion Forward' contains a bangle with fiery-colored pearls and a dramatic bracelet using handmade beads and dyed pearls. Chapters on the science and culture of pearls include tips on selecting, working with, and caring for these treasures, while engaging anecdotes and vibrant images of pearls throughout history round out this informative and entertaining book."
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Roanoke

By Margaret Lawrence

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Sent to the fledgling American colony of Roanoke, Gabriel North is given the task of seducing a young Indian princess for her fortune in gold and pearls, and in the process is drawn into the mystery of what really happened to the vanished English settlers on Roanoke.
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Simply Pearls: Designs for Creating Perfect Pearl Jewelry

By Nancy Alden

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"Whether you prefer a classic single strand or a funky combination of pearls and semi-precious materials, Simply Pearls shows you how to create necklaces that are easy to make yet look both expensive and professionally made. No longer the extravagance they used to be, pearls come in a variety of types—from freshwater to faux—that make these beautiful gems an affordable and elegant option.

"With projects designed for beginners and intermediate crafters—with a few more challenging designs for good measure—Simply Pearls is a volume that people will consult again and again for basic stringing, knotting, and wire-work techniques; to find inspiration and project ideas, including tips on refreshing heirloom jewelry; and as a materials reference. Whether your look is modern and edgy or classic Chanel, Simply Pearls offers great how-to-wear-it ideas and beautiful projects that will give you the Tiffany’s look at Target prices."

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Beading Vintage-style Jewelry: Easy Projects with Elegant Heirloom Appeal

By Marty Stevens-Heebner & Christine Calla

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Classic: Pearl jewelry set, necklace -- Pearl jewelry set, bracelet -- Pearl jewelry set, earrings -- Pearl & ribbon headband/choker -- Exquisite pearls on chain -- Exquisite pearls on chain earrings -- Watch faces bracelet -- Pearl clusters set, necklace -- Pearl clusters set, earrings -- Victorian cameo choker -- Victorian cameo pin -- Art deco double strand necklace -- Romantic: Crystal drop earrings -- Jeweled hair comb -- Crystal & chain necklace -- Crystal & chain earrings -- Sparkling briolette necklace -- Crystal choker with dangles -- Crystal bracelet with dangles -- Shoe clips -- Marcasite set, necklace -- Marcasite set, earrings -- Braided ribbons & beads -- Flowers on the side choker -- Dramatic: Chinese bi set, necklace -- Chinese bi set, earrings -- Silver wrap harlequin ring -- Silver wrap harlequin bracelet -- Organza ribbon necklace -- Cloisonn choker -- Cloisonn bracelet -- Waves of pearls set, necklace -- Waves of pearls set, bracelet -- Shimmering headband -- Eye-popping flower necklace -- Elegant -- Neoclassical necklace -- Pocket watch -- Delicate drops of amethyst set, necklace -- Firecracker brooch -- Chandelier earrings -- Chandelier pendant -- Playful pearls & iolite, necklace -- Garnet & citrine, earrings -- Flapper necklace -- Lassoed pearls -- Silver cabbage rose necklace.
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The Pearl Book: The Definitive Buying Guide

By Antoinette L. Matlins

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"This easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, practical resource covers: The rich history and romance surrounding pearls; differences between natural, cultured, and imitation pearls: what they are, how they differ, and how to tell them apart; how to judge pearl quality, with tips on how to see differences with the naked eye; comparisons of all types of pearls, in every size and color, from every pearl producing country in the world; what to guard against: artificial enhancements and misrepresentation; how to wear and care for pearls; pearl prices: from affordable to astronomical; magnificent pearl jewelry--conversations with the world's leading jewelers; exclusive interviews with the world's leading pearl experts, who offer "insider" insights and advice; important resource information, including sample lab reports, a pearl glossary, and more."
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The Pearl

By John Steinbeck

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"For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dreams blind him to the greed that the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors. Baring the fallacy of the American dream--that wealth erases all problems--Steinbeck's classic illustrates our fall from innocence."
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Splendid Stones

By Tim Kelly and Richard Kiley

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A discussion of diamonds, pearls, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires--how they are mined, made by man, and the businesses involved from production to the sale of a cut gemstone.
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Pearls: A Natural History

By Neil Landman

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Published to accompany an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago, Pearls begins with the earliest pearl artifacts found in Mesopotamia and discusses how pearls are formed, in nature and by humans, the ways different cultures have used pearls in literature, paintings, religious objects, and sculptures, and, of course, pearls as personal adornment.
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Pearl Cove

By Elizabeth Lowell

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Confronted by her late husband's suspicious death, the prospect of bankruptcy, and the disappearance of a priceless black pearl necklace called the "Black Trinity," young widow Hannah McGarry reluctantly turns for help to the seductive Archer Donovan, the silent partner in her husband's pearl farm enterprise.

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Costume Jewelry

By Judith Miller

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Tracing the history of costume jewelry from ancient times to the present day, and explaining how changing fashions, social developments, and the discovery of new materials have influenced and inspired designers, DK Collector's Guide: Costume Jewelry is exciting, comprehensive, and easy to use. Written by world-renowned antiques expert Judith Miller, the book offers more than 1,500 collectible pieces in catalog-style, including special sections on 25 major designers such as Joseff of Hollywood, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Schiaparelli and Dior, and offers priceless tips on what to look for when buying costume jewelry.

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