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    I have actually had three instances of people...

    I have actually had three instances of people more or less stealing our entire website. A company in China once copied our entire website to exact detail, even leaving all the pages about us and...
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    If you really want to know you can use Google...

    If you really want to know you can use Google image search to find it. The altered image is only on one website. The same website once had a photo taken from our blog on their homepage. I had someone...
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    That really sucks and is all too common,...

    That really sucks and is all too common, unfortunately. No matter what you do, if someone wants to steal one of your images, they are going to do it. It's easy to get around things like watermarks...
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    It is a very unfortunate thing that is happening...

    It is a very unfortunate thing that is happening right now. It wouldn't be so unfortunate if there was such a level of deceit involved. The part about not really harvesting a pearl isn't what I take...
  5. Great story!

    Great story!
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    Camilo, In that size range, akoya and South...

    Camilo,

    In that size range, akoya and South Sea will be relatively similar in price. Typically South Sea is more expensive, but that is the high-end of akoya pearl size.

    Luster will typically...
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    Agreed! One way to look at it in a more simple...

    Agreed! One way to look at it in a more simple form is that a pearl is a lot like the shell, except backward. The periostracum is the outside of a mollusk shell and the nacreous layer is the...
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    Ugh, it's so hard to describe. It's like a black...

    Ugh, it's so hard to describe. It's like a black hole in the nacre, but not like a clean hole from drilling ... more jagged. It's missing nacre with concentrated conchioline and other organic matter....
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    I don't have a photo, or at least I don't know...

    I don't have a photo, or at least I don't know where I might have a photo. Blaire may have one taken in Tucson.
  10. I completely agree. I can definitely see beaded...

    I completely agree. I can definitely see beaded replacing all nacre in the not-too-distant future. Round all-nacre freshwater pearls are extraordinarily rare. It's something like one in 10,000 pearls...
  11. The method they are using to grow them is...

    The method they are using to grow them is different, so I suspect one will be able to distinguish them from all-nacre freshwater. In the beginning, I also suspect they will be quite a bit more...
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    It's possible, but although the law changed, it...

    It's possible, but although the law changed, it hasn't been enacted. Pearls are still required to go through export controls. But anyone who has been to the Tucson Show would know that a large number...
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    I forgot to mention that you also see this in...

    I forgot to mention that you also see this in Tahitians. There is one vendor in Hong Kong that is in the same building as one of our primary freshwater pearl suppliers who seems to specialize is...
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    I used to see it quite a bit from the smaller...

    I used to see it quite a bit from the smaller "family" factories. I was once told the pearls had gotten "burned" by the chemicals. They are placed in heated chemicals that tighten the nacre, but if...
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    The pearl is poorly treated. It was in the...

    The pearl is poorly treated. It was in the maeshori chemical solution for too long and the nacre dried out. Then it was dyed. That's why you get the dark lines.
  16. Sticky: Not true. The CPAA requires two vetted industry...

    Not true. The CPAA requires two vetted industry references to become a foundation member.
  17. Ouch! I just checked their website and if you buy...

    Ouch! I just checked their website and if you buy online, you can return within 15 days, but only to their online service center. The stores will only issue store credit or offer an exchange.
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    Wow. That was 11 years ago! Those pearls were not...

    Wow. That was 11 years ago! Those pearls were not very pretty, lol.
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    No. There are no pearl farms in Hawaii. A guy...

    No. There are no pearl farms in Hawaii. A guy from California tried in the 1990s. He's the same guy who tried farming pearls in California - Paul Cross. There is a photo somewhere on this forum of...
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    You have to give her credit for a pretty vivid...

    You have to give her credit for a pretty vivid and creative imagination, lol. I am sure she didn't realize she was communicating with a pearl expert who would instantly know everything she wrote was...
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    Oh boy. We are going to have to bring Sheri back...

    Oh boy. We are going to have to bring Sheri back with us again ;)
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    I store them in a vault ;) Hisano has and old...

    I store them in a vault ;)

    Hisano has and old Japanese chest from her grandmother and has sections and compartments for each piece.
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    That's because they don't exist ;)

    That's because they don't exist ;)
  24. I don't need attribution. You can just point...

    I don't need attribution. You can just point people to the post if you want to cite a source.
  25. I think the research that lead people here is now...

    I think the research that lead people here is now well enough populated throughout Google, their questions are answered. Just type in buy pearl in oyster and a bunch of PG threads are right at the...
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