Imitation pearls are man-made "pearls" that are made of glass, plastic, or actual mollusk shell. "Pearls" made of crushed and shaped mollusk shells can actually be quite pretty and hard to differentiate from freshwater pearls.
But, still, you can't beat genuine freshwater pearls for look and wearability!
I am Laura Teague and you may as well know right up front that I am obsessed with sterling silver.
I have been making sterling silver (and sometimes gold) jewelry for about 15 years. I am largely self taught (lots and lots of practice!) but have also taken classes with local and nationally known metal workers.
Originally from Arkansas I currently live and work in my adopted home state, Louisiana, where we regularly dodge hurricanes but enjoy the wonderful people and food here!