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  1. Notice the shape of many of these pearls are not...

    Notice the shape of many of these pearls are not round; they are flattened. Size listed is very small for SS and the color is either dyed or irradiated (gray), not something done to South Sea...
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    What a gorgeous necklace and amazing clasp! I...

    What a gorgeous necklace and amazing clasp! I look forward to the definitive report.
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    On my, hilarious!! The waterfalls are so pretty...

    On my, hilarious!! The waterfalls are so pretty and yet individual~
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    BN, whether a single pearl, a full strand or...

    BN, whether a single pearl, a full strand or layered pieces, each is perfect in its way! So entertaining!
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    Especially once one has seen a few imitation...

    Especially once one has seen a few imitation pearls in person and knows what to look for, there is no need for a tooth test! One can gently rub one pearl gently against another to check for...
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    If there was a definitive test based on UV, it...

    If there was a definitive test based on UV, it would be well publicized, and I might add, very helpful!
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    These look like imitation pearls because of the...

    These look like imitation pearls because of the consistency of their color and reflections, lack of customary blemishes and imperfections. Also the large holes, which seem to have a build up of the...
  8. Prefer the size and shape of the PP strand, but...

    Prefer the size and shape of the PP strand, but all are lovely and an excellent value. A great gift!
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    What fabulous and generous gifts and a most...

    What fabulous and generous gifts and a most special story! Your hubby gets a big star of approval!! I'm certain you will be glowing with happiness when you wear your strands.
  10. Thread: Pearl Values

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    Glad you are hanging around, Periwinkle, and...

    Glad you are hanging around, Periwinkle, and asking questions. There's always more to learn! (I've only been here since 2004, lol!)
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    Agree with the others, time to restring. Don't...

    Agree with the others, time to restring. Don't take a chance. They may have cut the thread too short and tried to add a piece on instead of reknotting the whole piece.
  12. Pearlies, I agree with Pareltje's advice. This...

    Pearlies, I agree with Pareltje's advice. This would be more of a specialty custom item which could be provided at your request, and seems reasonable. Just not a stock item. Top quality...
  13. Wow, those colors, such a graceful mounting! How...

    Wow, those colors, such a graceful mounting! How great you got to see the paua farm, Sheri!
  14. Thread: Pearl to carve

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    In tissue nucleated pearls, the piece of mantle...

    In tissue nucleated pearls, the piece of mantle tissue used is approx 2 x 2 mm, so a very small piece of matter in the center of the pearl. I hope you can find some inexpensive pearls to experiment...
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    Sanippy, lots of great info, many thanks!! Your...

    Sanippy, lots of great info, many thanks!! Your keshi set is beautiful! Am still planning to do an example of a tin cup bracelet with 6 or 7 pearls; other priorities earlier this week.
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    What a fun combination! So pretty and informal...

    What a fun combination! So pretty and informal on the tee, yet can be very dressy also! Baroques are my favorite, and these are outstanding!!
  17. Thread: Pearl to carve

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    Welcome, Ericw, Some keshi are hollow in the...

    Welcome, Ericw,
    Some keshi are hollow in the middle and may not have consistent nacre thickness. This could be a concern if you are carving deeply. I would recommend, as Pareltje also suggested,...
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    Fabulous colors, so perfect for you!

    Fabulous colors, so perfect for you!
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    Thanks very much, BPDDC! I love a dress when I...

    Thanks very much, BPDDC! I love a dress when I can see what is holding it up! This one is unusual; I like it lots!
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    These earrings are interesting...

    These earrings are interesting, as the posts are engraved with Mikimoto, as are the 18k earring butterfly backs

    I'm not sure why the seller isn't listing the actual grade of the pearls. I would...
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    mrsadm, that's a most interesting website. Have...

    mrsadm, that's a most interesting website. Have you communicated with the owner at all? Such a variety of items, too. I'm curious, not quite ready to call fake yet~though some of the prices, like...
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    What a wonderful opportunity for your son and a...

    What a wonderful opportunity for your son and a worthy reason for missing Ruckus this year; I'm so looking forward to meeting you in person eventually!

    Great story, Cathy, Tahitians for the win!! ...
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    Kalmen, Congratulations, wow, that Kamoka ring...

    Kalmen, Congratulations, wow, that Kamoka ring looks so perfect on you! And I truly love the sentiment of your wearing it in memory of your Grandma!
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    She's a beauty; I'd love to see the whole dress,...

    She's a beauty; I'd love to see the whole dress, front and back!
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    Oh, I want one of those "third hands" and keep...

    Oh, I want one of those "third hands" and keep forgetting to order it! The locals I've checked with who buy scrap don't pay well. JP sounds like you have some great options! I sew frequently, so...
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