The Peapod Necklace and Peapod Earrings are some of Saori's most popular pieces, and are in fact her signature designs. The key components of these pieces are, of course, the two small domes that surround the center pearl or gemstone and give the effect of a pea in a pod.
The way these domes are created is one of the things that sets us apart from other jewelers - they are not cast, we forge each one by hand.
Why do we do this, especially since it would be much easier (and cheaper) to send them out to be cast in bulk? Literally, because we can. Anybody can look on the Internet and find somewhere in China to send their designs and get back cast pieces. Not as many have the talent and are willing to take the time to hand-forge components like this, in their own studios, in the USA, like we do.
As I've mentioned before, it's the difference between "handmade" and "hand-assembled." We like handmade better.