DIY | Jewellery with baroque Keshi pearls

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Beautiful do-it-yourself jewellery with large baroque keshi freshwater pearls

barokperler

Here we show you inspirational earrings and necklaces simply made with baroque freshwater pearls, also known as keshi pearls or baroque pearls. These types of freshwater pearls are an interesting counterpart to traditional cultured pearls because they differ significantly in size and shape and are perfect as centrepieces of jewellery designs that are different and unique.
A keshi pearl is actually a pearl which was rejected by the mussel or was deformed in another way during its formation.

The shape of a keshi pearl is asymmetric and baroque, that’s why they are considered a by-product of the classic pearl production which idealises evenness and uniformity. Baroque freshwater pearls or keshi pearls often come in interesting shapes like elliptic, flat, drop-shaped etc.

Please note that there are not two pearls of this type which are perfectly alike. That can be a challenge for a jewellery designer. But on the other hand, this is an important part of their charm.
When you place an order in the Smyks webshop, we will ensure that the two pearls you will receive match as well as it is possible.

We offer baroque pearls in several colours and sizes. Click here to browse our complete assortment of baroque freshwater pearls.

øreringe med ægte barokperler

It is possible to decorate the beads by gluing the small rhinestones as shown above. You can find therhinestone with flat back here.

Earstuds with large baroque pearl

Ørestik med stav og barokperler

forgyldt ørestik med stav og store hvide barokperler

We used the following materials to assemble these earrings:

First, you place the locking bead on the pin. Their is a rubber membrane inside the locking bead which keeps it in place. That’s why you don’t need to apply jewellery glue.

ørestik med stav og kugle og barokperler

Next, you glue the pin into the baroque pearl. You can close the hole on the other side of the pearl by gluing the lower part of a headpin into it.

 

Earrings with large baroque pearl and chain

Øreringe med store hvide barokperler og sort sølv ørekæde

Sorte sølvørekroge med krystal og hvide barokperler

 

We used the following materials to assemble these earrings:

For this version you glue the earwire into one of the pearl’s holes and the earthread into the other.

 

Earrings with baroque pearl and crystal

Øreringe med sølvgrå barokperler og ørekrog med krystal

øreringe med sølvgrå barokperler og krystal

We used the following materials to assemble these earrings:

Glue the earwire’s peg into the pearl’s top. Additionally, you can close the other hole with the lower part of a headpin.

 

Hoops with baroque pearl and seed beads

Kreol med store barokperler og seed beads

Kreol i forgyldt sterlingsølv med store barokperler og seed beads

We used the following materials to assemble these earrings:

First you thread the pearl and then the seed beads onto the headpin. After that, you make a loop with the rest of the wire. In our jewellery guide section you can read how to make a loop. Finally, you hang the loop into the hoop.

 

Hoops with baroque pearl and gemstone beads

kreol med barokperler og halvædelsten

kreol med barokperler og halvædelsten i jade, amazonit og koral

We used the following materials to assemble these earrings:


First you thread the pearl and then the gemstone beads onto the headpin. After that, you make a loop with the rest of the wire. In our jewellery guide section you can read how to make a loop. Finally, you hang the loop into the hoop.

 

Earrings with baroque pearl, crystal and chain

ørekrog med guldfarvet barokperler, krystal og kæde

ørekrog med guldfarvet barokperler, krystal og kæde

We used the following materials to assemble these earrings:

Take a jumpring with 3mm diameter and connect the cable chain to the eyepin. In our blog post on men’s necklaces we explain how to open and close a jumpring correctly.
Next, you glue the eyepin into one of the pearl’s holes. Finally, you glue the peg of the earwire into the other hole.

 

Long earwires with baroque pearls

You need the following materials to make these earwires:

To make these earrings, you simply glue the pearls onto the wire of the P-shaped earwires. Normally, the hole is large enough to fit the diameter of the wire, but it is a good idea to invest in a good bead reamer, so you can broaden the hole if necessary. The wire should go 4mm deep into the pearl and be glued in there. You can cover the holes in the bottom of the pearls by gluing the flat pads of headpins into them. This will look as if the earwires went all the way down. If you think that the earrings are too long, you can cut the wire to size before you fasten the pearls.

 

Necklace with large baroque pearl pendant

halskæde med stor hvid barokperle og forgyldt kuglekæde

halskæde med stor hvid barok Keshi-perle og forgyldt kuglekæde

We used the following materials to assemble this necklace:

Glue the eyepin into the pearl, pull the ball chain through the eye of the eyepin and close the chain with the ball chain connector.
We don’t include a clasp because the chain is 60cm long and can be pulled over the head.

Have fun making your own jewellery!

 

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