The Pearl Round Table

Remember how I said I didn't know what to expect from yesterday's event? Well, it was more fun than I ever could have imagined! Here's how it went... About a dozen of us sat around a table, drank champagne, and ate fancy snacks. The Pearl Goddess (Betty Sue King) then gave us some basic (fascinating!) information about pearls like the different types, regions, how they get their color, etc.

Then on to the round table process: Pearls got passed to the first person (it could have been a string, a set of two, or a single). That person read the information on the container and then evaluated the pearls inside. If the person was interested in possibly purchasing the lot, she'd put "dibs" on it, then pass the lot on to the next person. Someone else could also put dibs on it but they would have been in second place. If she wasn't interested in them, she'd just pass them along without placing dibs.

I put dibs on three items: a gorgeous pearl shaped like a flower petal, a pair of white "coin" pearls, and a strand of "keshi" pearls.

After all the items had been passed around, we reviewed the items on which we had first dibs. I had first dibs on the flower petal and the keshi strand. I must have been dreaming when I put dibs on the strand. It truly was one of the most gorgeous strands I'd ever seen but it was out of my price range. I sat there for several minutes trying to figure out how I could scrape up the money for it but ultimately had to pass (sigh). Fortunately, the flower petal was within my price range so that one was a keeper! Someone else had first dibs on the pair of coins so I lost out on those. I guess those are the breaks!

Now the pearl I bought is just that, a pearl. It doesn't have any sort of setting. Here's my plan: I'm going to ask jewelry designer Karin Worden to create a setting to turn the pearl into a pendant for a necklace. I envision something that resembles a leaf but I'll leave it up to the designer!

If you ever have the chance to participate in a jewelry round table, I highly recommend it. It's a totally unique experience, and it all feels very posh. But here's my suggestion: be careful when you look at the items that are just outside of your price range. See, the items that are way outside of your price range just make you feel like you're viewing invaluable things at a museum, but the items that are almost within reach will really break your heart when you have to leave them behind. That said, nobody else took home that keshi strand. Perhaps I should start saving my pennies...