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  1. I haven't seen the procedure in person, but I...

    I haven't seen the procedure in person, but I assume the size is related to the area between the valves at the edge of the mantle. They are only growing them as long as the larger beaded is finishing...
  2. They are intentionally cultivating them now with...

    They are intentionally cultivating them now with a new technique (it's in the article). These aren't mistakes and are not the same thing.

    Katbran,

    It's not just Grace growing these. Now that...
  3. Get ready for those new mini-beaded freshwater pearls!

    I was asked to write an article for InColor Magazine and chose the transformation of the Chinese freshwater pearl industry as a topic.

    Enjoy - http://gemstone.org/incolor/38/48/

    There is an...
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    The nacre thickness can definitely vary. It's...

    The nacre thickness can definitely vary. It's easiest to gauge thickness with a baroque strand.

    The colors you see don't come from the color of the nacre. They come from staining on the nucleus...
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    They do look like some sort of polished shell or...

    They do look like some sort of polished shell or glass. One thing is certain. They are not pearls. The fisherman has a good imagination.
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    It's a pastel-colored, Chinese freshwater pearl.

    It's a pastel-colored, Chinese freshwater pearl.
  7. Congratulations! That's a rare find!

    Congratulations! That's a rare find!
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    I don't believe any pearls are coming out of...

    I don't believe any pearls are coming out of Tahiti right now that are short-cultured. We would have heard about it and it would have created a stir. Remember, this law was scrapped months ago....
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    I can't seem to find the source, but I am pretty...

    I can't seem to find the source, but I am pretty sure I read once that Chi didn't need as thick of nacre so he was able to culture pearls in Vietnam for a shorter amount of time when he was seeding...
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    The seller cannot be trusted. Case in point,...

    The seller cannot be trusted. Case in point, these baroque freshwater pearls -...
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    Those are some special pearls!

    Those are some special pearls!
  12. That looks like a natural strand of pearls to me....

    That looks like a natural strand of pearls to me. I don't think it's cultured.
  13. You might as well buy a lottery ticket. Think...

    You might as well buy a lottery ticket.

    Think about buying akoya pearls like buying a car. 7-7.5 mm is a four door. Someone just offered you a four-door car for a price. You don't know the year,...
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    Yes, they are still readily available and there...

    Yes, they are still readily available and there are several different types. Are you referring more to a free-form shaped baroque? They are tissue nucleated and there are two general types: one that...
  15. It is not easy to purchase akoya pearls wholesale...

    It is not easy to purchase akoya pearls wholesale from Asia without being there. You really need to meet the sellers and make the selections in person if you don't already have a relationship. A...
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    Ha! That's right. I guess I did make it into the...

    Ha! That's right. I guess I did make it into the Robb Report after all, lol!
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    Little h in Robb Report

    Hisano was featured in Robb Report today! It's a huge honor to get this one. I actually did a desk side with the same senior editor in New York about 15 years ago. I didn't make the cut :p

    I guess...
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    We are heading to the show now. There is another...

    We are heading to the show now. There is another get-together tonight like this one last year. This time it is hosted by the JPEA and should be a big one!
  19. This is what I am referring to.

    This is what I am referring to.
  20. The pearl should really be measured with a...

    The pearl should really be measured with a caliper and not a ruler and estimated with math. It's nearly impossible to get it accurate otherwise, and when you dealing with a distance between 1/10th of...
  21. Cutting would be very strange. I've never seen...

    Cutting would be very strange. I've never seen freshwater cut before. Button freshwater pearls are too inexpensive. Typically, only akoya pearls are cut to remove a major blemish from one side. Those...
  22. The bottom of the pearl isn't cut. It's a dyed,...

    The bottom of the pearl isn't cut. It's a dyed, button freshwater pearl that grew against the shell.
  23. Those are definitely freshwater pearls and the...

    Those are definitely freshwater pearls and the setting looks like base metal, not gold. I hope you didn't pay much for these or are at least able to return them because they are not Tahitian pearls...
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    Turquoise said the vendor stated the pearls were...

    Turquoise said the vendor stated the pearls were natural and not cultured and offered a guarantee based on X-ray. That means the vendor is lying. Whether the color is natural or not is irrelevant....
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    Unless the seller is offering you a GIA or SSEF...

    Unless the seller is offering you a GIA or SSEF certificate with the pearls, she is lying to you. Actually, I can already tell she is lying to you. Don't waste your money on an X-ray.
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