Karl Lagerfeld turned up the ol’ pearl game about 100 notches with ginormous pearl necklaces, bracelets and rings for Chanel‘s spring collection. Costumey, over-the-top and DIYable . . . I was sold. Next came the painstakingly long search for the largest pearls I could find and in my hunt for pearls, came the inspiration to make rings inspired by Russian designer Maria Stern‘s super chic double pearl rings. It’s a pearl party and everyone is invited!

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You’ll need (for the pearl choker):

You’ll need (for the pearl rings):

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Use a pair of heavy duty wire clippers and clip off the clasp of the choker.

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I’m using 30mm pearl beads here since they were the largest I could find. Ideally, I would have liked to use a half drilled pearl bead but I couldn’t find that either – but was able to find a solution to cover up the other holes. After trimming the clasp off the choker, add a good amount of E6000 to the end of a toothpick and fill one side of the bead with glue. Insert the ends of the choker halfway into the bead and allow to dry completely overnight.

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Trim the ball end headpin and add the bead cap.

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Apply a line of glue along the headpin and insert it into the other holes. Allow to dry completely.

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For the pearl rings, I’m used super thin rings that fit perfectly into the half drilled Swarovski pearls. Since smaller half drilled pearls are pretty easy to come by, I wanted to make them asymmetrical. To start, cut just a small piece out of the ring.

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Carefully squeeze super glue into the holes of the pearls. Attach them to each opening of the ring and allow to dry completely.

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Once the ring has dried completely, you can bend the pearls up to help mold the ring to fit your finger.

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The rings I ordered came in a set of 5 so it was impossible to make just one!

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Pearls for days!

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(images by HonestlyWTF)