I put to use my friend's borrowed Nikon equipment and played with his macro lens. Ah, love the macro lens! Could see a lot of use out of one of those in my camera stash.
I purchased these twisted seed pearls with intertwined clear beads. I thought they were so pretty and somewhat elegant. I bought the matching bracelet as well.
And then, there are these colorful pearls. It's a long strand that technically isn't supposed to be doubled, but I've doubled it when I've worn it. Rebel, I am.
None of these are your perfectly round cultured pearl - the "normal" that you think of when you think of pearls. I think that's one of the reasons I love them so much. I also love that they have a story - you know me and things with stories. ;)