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    That's the one!

    That's the one!
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    From Renee Newman's book Pearl Buying Guide, 6th...

    From Renee Newman's book Pearl Buying Guide, 6th ed., p.70:

    "The color varies depending on which variety of Pinctada maxima oyster the pearl comes from-- the silver-lip or gold-lip. The...
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    They do have some pretty pearls (just looking at...

    They do have some pretty pearls (just looking at photos).

    The tight return window would make me nervous. They would have to receive it back within 30 days from the time they shipped. Taking...
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    It is easy to learn to restring your own pearls,...

    It is easy to learn to restring your own pearls, and many of us find it satisfying to be able to do so (not to mention inexpensive!)

    If you'd rather have restringing done by a pro, here is Pearl...
  5. I agree with Pattye-- akoya pearls on the clasp...

    I agree with Pattye-- akoya pearls on the clasp (very pretty!) and freshwater pearls necklace.
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    Poll: Universal grading would be great, but pearls have...

    Universal grading would be great, but pearls have so many more variables affecting value than diamonds have. With diamonds you have the 4 Cs, but with pearls the value is affected by luster, surface...
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    I think you are going to love them! :D

    I think you are going to love them! :D
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    No, from Cees Van Oije/Amsterdam Pearls.

    No, from Cees Van Oije/Amsterdam Pearls.
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    These are 10.8mm. I have large ear lobes and...

    These are 10.8mm. I have large ear lobes and find the size comfortable.

    Smaller studs may be more comfortable if you are on the phone a lot.
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    Poll: LOL, here is my take, and my disclaimer is that I...

    LOL, here is my take, and my disclaimer is that I have not seen either AAA Mikis nor any hanadamas in person!
    So take it for what it's worth. :p

    1. If you buy Miki AAA I think it's a given that...
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    Okay, I looked at those Edisons and thought they...

    Okay, I looked at those Edisons and thought they were SSP. Really nice!
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    Yes, they do look like SSP! The mollusk is still...

    Yes, they do look like SSP! The mollusk is still Pinctada maxima, wherever they came from.
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    I think rubies and Tahitians are fantastic...

    I think rubies and Tahitians are fantastic together. I made a ruby beads necklace with a Tahitian as the focal bead. :)
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    Sticky: Thanks Katbran! I'm undoubtedly just worrying...

    Thanks Katbran! I'm undoubtedly just worrying too much.
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    Poll: Don't feel awful! The whole reason there is such...

    Don't feel awful! The whole reason there is such a great return policy is that pearls need to be tried on, because people have such differing skin tones. But most of us don't have access to a wide...
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    Poll: 6x more, yikes! :eek: Thank you for posting...

    6x more, yikes! :eek:

    Thank you for posting the certificate. Were these the regular (pinked) hanadamas, or the natural whites?

    I suppose it might be even more interesting to see a number of...
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    Poll: Remember, every strand is unique, because the...

    Remember, every strand is unique, because the pearls are made by oysters, not by machines. That goes for the hanadama strand and it goes for the Miki strands.

    If that particular hanadama strand...
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    Those look great, JP. The larger knots are...

    Those look great, JP. The larger knots are proportional.
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    Sticky: That is an incredible ring, Purranha! Sorry to...

    That is an incredible ring, Purranha!

    Sorry to read about you having the flu. :( I just sent my D back to college and am a bit worried that she'll get the flu due to being run down, despite...
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    Sticky: The strand looks bigger because the pearls are...

    The strand looks bigger because the pearls are bigger than round pearls in a 10-12.5mm strand would be. That's one reason I love strands composed of drop/baroque pearls.
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    Hanadama pearls are AAAs that have been sent to...

    Hanadama pearls are AAAs that have been sent to be certified because the vendor felt they were the best of the best. There is a fee to have them certified so only the best will be sent.
    I expect...
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    In my experience it is not that Beaders Secret...

    In my experience it is not that Beaders Secret stretches -- I don't think it does-- but that with heavier pearls/longer strands, gravity and the movement/swinging of the strands while on the neck...
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    They look eggy / off-round to me. In the 2nd...

    They look eggy / off-round to me. In the 2nd photo, you can see they are not round looking. The rounder looking ones only look that way because they are seen on end.

    They may also be smaller...
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    Found it! ...

    Found it!
    https://www.stuller.com/products/build/71913/12918867/?groupId=195622&recommendationSource=SiteSearch#/mounting-options

    It's very pretty.
    Is this a ring you would wear all the...
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    Personally I like the simplicity and clean lines...

    Personally I like the simplicity and clean lines of that setting, but I'm not the one who has to wear it. :rolleyes:

    Obviously there is something about it that doesn't quite satisfy you. Forget...
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