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    The older akoyas had thicker nacre from being...

    The older akoyas had thicker nacre from being left in the water longer before harvesting.
  2. I'm sorry about your father! I remember the...

    I'm sorry about your father!
    I remember the last days of both my parents all too well. It's a tough time, watching them decline. Please take care of yourself.
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    They must be charging per pearl, because you...

    They must be charging per pearl, because you can't certify a strand as natural if you haven't ascertained that each pearl in the strand is natural.

    I don't know if the dentist's x-ray machine is...
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    That looks like a bead at the center of that...

    That looks like a bead at the center of that small pearl on the lamp.

    I'm inclined to say they are baroque cultured akoya pearls. They have gorgeous luster! I urge you to restring them to...
  5. Okay, I've been reading Pearls: A Natural...

    Okay, I've been reading Pearls: A Natural History to see what I could find about the history of natural pearl harvesting in the area of Japan specifically.

    Japan does not appear on the map of...
  6. I don't recall reading about natural akoyas. ...

    I don't recall reading about natural akoyas. Certainly there are plenty of natural pearls, but akoyas specifically?
    I just looked at Strack's book Pearls but didn't see anything about that.
    ...
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    They are dyed cultured freshwater pearls from...

    They are dyed cultured freshwater pearls from China. These can have pretty colors.
    They are solid nacre, so no bead inside.

    The clasp is very similar to one I see on Artbeads:...
  8. Do you want something simple or fancy? Diamonds...

    Do you want something simple or fancy?
    Diamonds or no diamonds?
    Do you have any limitations in your dexterity, need an easy to open clasp?

    There are many kinds of clasps out there.

    If you...
  9. greenjudy, In your second photo, see the 6th...

    greenjudy,
    In your second photo, see the 6th pearl from the clasp on the left side? The little ridge is something I see in baroque akoyas.

    Although the farmers' goal is round pearls, I'm sure...
  10. Many of the older akoyas had quite thick nacre. ...

    Many of the older akoyas had quite thick nacre. They should be durable.

    I agree with Marianne about restringing them. Even if they were restrung at some point, the thread of necklaces that are...
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    Welcome back, Wendy. :)

    Welcome back, Wendy. :)
  12. Pareltje, That was my thought as well, but a lot...

    Pareltje,
    That was my thought as well, but a lot of baroque akoyas have a more wrinkly skin or a "tail" where the nacre is thin and pinched looking. If off-round/baroque akoyas, these are nicer...
  13. Welcome greenjudy! Lucky you to have inherited...

    Welcome greenjudy! Lucky you to have inherited these lovely pearls!

    First off, they look like real pearls, not imitations.
    It's possible that the clasp is not original; they may have been...
  14. Hi Picabia, I would expect that the length of...

    Hi Picabia,

    I would expect that the length of the bracelet would be adjusted by changing the number of pearls.

    I cannot comment on Blue Nile's akoya studs vs. that of online vendors. Perhaps...
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    Kevin, in the light of what Dave has posted, and...

    Kevin, in the light of what Dave has posted, and given that you clicked on the email, has P-G also been hacked?
  16. GIA Article: "Saltwater Pearls from the Pre- to Early-Columbian Era..."

    "Saltwater Pearls from the Pre- to Early Columbian Era: A Gemological and Radiocarbon Dating Study"

    https://www.gia.edu/gems-gemology/fall-2017-saltwater-pearls-columbian-era
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    Sticky: Bwahahaha! I told him and he laughed too!

    Bwahahaha!
    I told him and he laughed too!
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    I'll add that to my Pricescope thread.

    I'll add that to my Pricescope thread.
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    Wow! Thank you for the warning. I'll post it on...

    Wow! Thank you for the warning. I'll post it on Pricescope also.
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    That is a very cool looking ring!!

    That is a very cool looking ring!!
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    Sticky: Thank you amti and newberry!

    Thank you amti and newberry!
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    Sticky: Thanks, Cathy! And there he is asleep sitting...

    Thanks, Cathy!
    And there he is asleep sitting up on the couch. I could never do that. How do people fall asleep so easily?
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    Sticky: Thanks BN! He slept like a baby last...

    Thanks BN! He slept like a baby last night...while I was wide awake all night! I think it was a bit too much stimulation for me. :eek:

    He's doing okay just with ibuprofen. The end of the finger...
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    Thank you for updating us.! I hope they are...

    Thank you for updating us.! I hope they are okay! I'm sure they will get in touch with you as soon as they are able.
    Be strong and keep hoping!
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    Imitation pearls look rough (under 10x...

    Imitation pearls look rough (under 10x magnification-- a jeweler's loupe) but feel smooth (when rubbed together or against a tooth).

    Real pearls look smooth (at 10x) but feel rough. Under the...
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