I'm especially fond of seed pearls because you can do cool filigree things with them.
I was inspired by Victorian-era pieces of similar construction, backed with carved mother of pearl. Since carving mother of pearl for the frame is cost- and time-prohibitive for me, I design the frames in Blender and get them 3D printed in plastic through Shapeways. This piece was my wedding necklace, and I patterned the design off of a couple of different Victorian lavalier pendants. The golden pearl is a South Seas keshi pearl I purchased from IndoSeaPearls (whose reopening I still await).
Bonus action shot:
|photo by Kristen Rawls|