Trendspotting: Tiny pearls! I mean really tiny!

April 26, 2011

As the pearl buyer at Rings & Things, I’ve been told for the last 2-3 years that pearls smaller than 6mm are getting harder to find. So imagine how excited I was to see these sweet 2mm pearls!?

Tiny 2mm freshwater potato pearl beads - stock item 20-632-011

Tiny 2mm freshwater potato pearl beads

I bought several colors in 2mm. Our #20-632-011 is the white version. These are so sweet! A tiny potato pearl.

Plus I found a 3mm potato in white, #20-633-011:

3mm cultured freshwater pearl beads - stock item 20-633-011

3mm cultured freshwater pearl beads

and a 2-2.5mm rice shape in white, #20-612-011:

2mm cultured freshwater rice pearls

2mm cultured freshwater rice pearls

I’m not sure if I can always get them, but for now… I’m just trying to think of something to make with them. What would you design with tiny pearls?

–Karin Davis, gemstone buyer

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  • Karbo July 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

    1- I would add them individually to a charm bracelet
    2- or individually as supporting beads for a bigger bead (a focal center piece).
    3- I might also make a bracelet of tiny pearls, grouped together with 2 other bracelets made of glass beads and findings… and a pearl-colored ribbon to tie them all together.
    4- I would let them hag in short irregular strands from a chain necklace to create a soft and beautiful effect
    Good luck with your projects, and thumbs up on a most interesting blog.

    • Nina March 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      I need to find tiny pearl chips. I am designing combs for my daughter to wear in her hair when she gets married. Also, I had a ring ages ago from a great aunt that had pearl chips in its design and it was so dainty!

  • karin davis March 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Hello Nina,
    The pearls Polly mentions are larger than you want, I think. But do check them out. As for tiny chips, I have seen these in vintage jewelry, but not recently.
    I don’t think I have seen these in years…and I haven’t been offered them..but I will ask around.
    Tiny pearls chips in the hair for a wedding sound lovely!
    I’ll keep looking