Who is this project for? Women What are you most proud of? When I bought these irresistably pretty Natural Shell Mother of Pearl flat coin beads, I knew it would not be easy to match the splashes of turquoise color in the MOP. But when I did find the right match, the colors in the MOP coins just POPPED! What advice would you give someone starting this project? I am certain that there are alternative glass or other material beads that would have worked at far less expense than my choice of genuine turquoise and Swarovski crystals, and yet produced just as attractive a result. In fact, I can see these MOP coins in wrapped loop combination with glass beads and antique-copper chain. I just happen to like working mainly with semi-precious gemstones. However, when cost is an issue, MOP is almost always inexpensive and if you look around, especially on eBay or internet vendors, you can find some very pretty and unique MOP beads in a large variety of colors, sizes and shapes.