I was slower than I wanted to be about writing this post because I blew out a disc in my back the first of November and had back surgery last week. Now that I'm up and about, it's time to sing some serious praises here! A few months ago, there was a thread where someone was asking about a large milimeter sized pearl necklace. Through that thread, I was blessed to learn much more about Megan's Casto Creations. I've been a jewelry whore for decades, long before handbags and designer shoes entered my life. Because I have a very nice collection of jewelry, there are only a few holes that I've wanted to fill in my collection. One of those has been a 17 inch, 10-12 MM white pearl necklace. The greedy part of me would have LOVED a South Seas pearl necklace, but having champagne tastes on a tap water budget made that prohibitive. Megan and I began corresponding about her sourcing some nice freshwater pearls in that size and making a necklace to my picky specifications. It took some work on her part (I'm SO freaking picky!), but last month, she found the most fantastic pearls for a super reasonable price and sent me a picture of them. I gave her the go ahead to make the necklace. The pictures were amazing but when the necklace and the matching earrings she also made arrived we all nearly fainted. They are FABULOUS! Perfect pearls, beautiful craftswomenship, every little detail done to perfection. The only bad news is that the necklace is my Christmas present and the earrings are my Valentine's present, so I only got to wear them once before the DH packed them away. Overlooking how great Megan is to work with, how fantastic her work is, I simply cannot let it go unmentioned that her pricing is more than fair. Does this sound like a commercial for Casto Creations? Maybe. I just wanted to issue a monster SHOUT for Megan so that if anyone is toying with buying some new jewelry, absolutely get in touch with Megan. You can't go wrong! A personal note to Megan: Once I get rid of this "OMG you just had surgery and look like hell" face, I'll have DH take a pic of me wearing the necklace and earrings. It's just a shame that no photo will ever capture their beauty.