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    Thanks for posting the the link to the article,...

    Thanks for posting the the link to the article, Pattye. :)
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    Very cool! :)

    Very cool! :)
  3. GIA Article, Akoya Cultured Pearl Farming in Eastern Australia

    "Akoya Cultured Pearl Farming in Eastern Australia"

    https://www.gia.edu/gems-gemology/winter-2017-akoya-cultured-pearl-farming-eastern-australia
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    Sorry, I just saw this question now. I don't...

    Sorry, I just saw this question now. I don't know the answer.
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    I looked page by page through Hubert Bari's book...

    I looked page by page through Hubert Bari's book -- no photo.

    However, if there are natural SSP that are that bluish color, then it must be the color of the nacre itself.

    Also, considering...
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    Interesting question, Pattye! I suppose...

    Interesting question, Pattye!

    I suppose cutting one in half would show where the color is. I wonder if any of my pearl books have a photo of a bluish SSP cut in half? Maybe Bari's book-- he...
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    I wonder if there is a higher attrition rate...

    I wonder if there is a higher attrition rate among oysters that have had this sort of injury during the implantation process? It seems logical that a higher per cent of these shells would die.
  8. I would hope vendors wouldn't be selling strands...

    I would hope vendors wouldn't be selling strands containing pearls that had to be glued and redrilled, though.

    I'd be worried that the bit of glue that hadn't been drilled out wouldn't hold the...
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    Sticky: I guess we are lucky at that!

    I guess we are lucky at that!
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    Sticky: We have a cute groundhog that visits our back...

    We have a cute groundhog that visits our back yard yearly; it hasn't touched anything we planted, just eats the weeds at the very back of the yard where the growth is untended. (Beyond that is a...
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    The blue color is a result of injury to the gonad...

    The blue color is a result of injury to the gonad in the process of grafting it, as I understand it. A brownish /black substance produced by the oyster covers the bead and nacre is laid over that....
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    I bought some 9 ct. gold in South Africa as well,...

    I bought some 9 ct. gold in South Africa as well, years ago.
  13. It may interest you to know that a small...

    It may interest you to know that a small difference in the diameter of 2 pearls makes for a significantly larger difference in volume, and therefore also a difference in weight. (I assume the pearls...
  14. They look like real pearls but the nucleus being...

    They look like real pearls but the nucleus being loose and moving around is a downer because it's going to be hard to find the drill hole in the nucleus to set them, if it rotates.

    Hopefully P-G...
  15. You came to the right place for pearl...

    You came to the right place for pearl information, heidih!

    Those are baroque cultured freshwater pearls from China. They have no bead inside...they are solid nacre-- which makes them very...
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    Sticky: That is so cute!!!

    That is so cute!!!
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    I tend to be leery of magnetic clasps for that...

    I tend to be leery of magnetic clasps for that very reason, but this one is really strong. I have no fear of its opening on its own.
    (Of course one could use any clasp.)
  18. Wow! THAT is fascinating! :D

    Wow! THAT is fascinating! :D
  19. The color won't change with washing, so it's...

    The color won't change with washing, so it's great that you like it. I strongly recommend restringing them if you plan to wear them. Silk becomes weakened as it becomes old; it absorbs skin oils,...
  20. Then it is likely they are cultured akoya pearls,...

    Then it is likely they are cultured akoya pearls, as Pareltje said. They seem to have yellowed a bit with age; this is common as pearls are porous.
  21. Did he test the metal or is he guessing? I would...

    Did he test the metal or is he guessing? I would have guessed silver myself, or even base metal with a silver plating that may be wearing off on the inside, hence the color inside. The safety chain...
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    The photos are a little blurry but they could be...

    The photos are a little blurry but they could be cultured akoya pearls.
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    They are dyed cultured freshwater pearls from...

    They are dyed cultured freshwater pearls from China. They are solid nacre and very durable for regular wear. The color should be stable. In the photos they seem a bit egg shaped, which is common...
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    I got these ruby beads back in 2008 at the East...

    I got these ruby beads back in 2008 at the East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil show. (Note: This is not a good show if you want to buy pearls.)

    Here I'm standing outside my back door. It's cloudy...
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    First time I've ever heard of it!

    First time I've ever heard of it!
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