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My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color rope

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I admired her character's long strand for a few years... and somehow finally decided now was the right time to re-create it. :)

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My strand is 31 inches, made from 71 10mm round & near-round multi-color Tahitians (AA/AA+).

Initially, I contacted several PS vendors, but nobody had enough stock on-hand for the project, and I wasn't sure how long to wait.

So then I decided to expand my investigations to other vendors and to etsy. The latter was ultimately where I found the source of my pearls. It's Jacques de Rham from ThePearlHouse on etsy. In doing my research, I saw that a few others here here have purchased from him as well.

So the difference in using a wholesaler is that you buy the pearls in lots... say 20 of this kind, 30 of that kind, etc. You don't choose individual pearls. So I looked at my inspiration pic and decided I needed a mostly medium mix, with some lights and some darks. I ultimately ordered 100 pearls, to have enough for a matching bracelet (not shown, still needs to be strung), and a small buffer in case I didn't like a few particular pearls (which turned out to be the case). Jacques was great to work with throughout.

One benefit with using a wholesaler is that you pay less than using a retailer. But again, the service is different and you cannot choose individual pearls. So you have to have some amount of faith in the pearls you will get.

Once I received them, I chose the order to put them in, temporarily strung them, and found a professional knotter/stringer in my area. And here is the finished result!

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My favorite pearl is one lovely light green pistatio one. There are also some pretty cherry ones, and various greens and blues. One bronze-y one too. I can see how Tahitians can be addictive... :)

At some point, I'd like to find an antique diamond clasp for the strand, but I know that may take awhile. So I just had it strung as an endless rope for now.

BTW, I have many long necklaces made of organic materials (coral, lapis, etc) and find them all comfortable enough to wear all day, etc. These are all 10mm beads, my personal favorite. I could see where maybe larger beads could be an issue (I have 14mm quartz, that one *is* too heavy).

If anyone has questions, let me know. Enjoy!

Anne
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Beautiful Tahitian rope! Love the way you chose to put together/arrrange the colors - just gorgeous!
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Love, Love, Love they look really round and colors are great!
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

well done! They look exactly like Tildas.
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Gorgeous!!
 

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It's gorgeous! And thank you for sharing how you sourced the pearls. A great way to save a little money! I love this rope! :love: :wavey:
 

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GORGEOUS Anne! LOVE it! :love: :appl:
 

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wowza :appl: that truned out lovely!
what a project.

you have a great eye.
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Gorgeous!
 

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It's gorgeous. I'm so glad it came together.
 

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This is beautiful! What a great project!
 

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Stunning! Well worth the wait! :appl:
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Anne,

Your rope is spectacular! I wish I could get you to put one together for me too!!! (It's brave of you to go with mixed lots and the wholesale route! I'm much better when I can see a finished product.)
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Oh my :love: :love: :love: :love:
This is beautiful Anne, just lovely!
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Thanks everyone! I'm really enjoying the necklace and am wearing it often.

I noticed recently that it gets kind of glowy in low daylight conditions. Attached is a photo. Or maybe it's just me obsessing. Lol

Anne

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Anne I'm very intrigued by the light goldish pearls you selected. Are they from the light mix or the gold ones Jac had on his website?
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

That necklace is so gorgeous.
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

These are amazing~
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

That is really a beautiful range of colors-- so well done! Looks fabulous on you.
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Thanks everyone!

Kalmen - I ordered the lights from the light mix... But at one point I asked for a few more, so it's possible he pulled from other lots. I didn't see a gold lot option when I ordered.

I find the luster on a few of the light ones to be a bit less than the med-dark ones, but they were priced accordingly so I'm okay with it.

Hope this helps!

Anne
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Hi Anne
Thank u so much for sharing.
I do like the light colours. Like little pops of light.
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

anne_h|1468460276|4055285 said:
Thanks everyone! I'm really enjoying the necklace and am wearing it often.

I noticed recently that it gets kind of glowy in low daylight conditions. Attached is a photo. Or maybe it's just me obsessing. Lol

Anne

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Gorgeous necklace, Anne! Yes, that glowy character of Tahitians is so delightful!
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

This necklace is so beautiful.
However, it kinda made me cringe that you laid them on a rough rock for the photo!!!!
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Beautiful necklace! I love the combo of different color pearls you used.
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

I love this necklace! It is gorgeous. :love: :wavey:
 

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Hi pearl friends!

I mentioned earlier in the thread that I had a matching bracelet strung around the same time as the rope... attached are some pics. Both are taken at the office in diffuse daylight (I sit right next to large windows). The shade may have been partially down in the first pic.

Personally, I think the pearls photograph weirdly large... in real life, they are 10mm, although I do have small wrists.

I just love all the colors... blues, greens, coppers, etc. Tahitians are special.

Anne


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WOW
 

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Re: My version of Tilda's "I am Love" Tahitian multi-color r

Thanks everyone! I'm really enjoying the necklace and am wearing it often.

I noticed recently that it gets kind of glowy in low daylight conditions. Attached is a photo. Or maybe it's just me obsessing. Lol

Anne

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beautiful and looks like a real fun project!
 
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