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    Another adventure ensued in January ~ Octavia...

    Another adventure ensued in January ~ Octavia visited Gem Faire when it came through town. Many vendors come for 3 days and display their wares, so it was a special treat for her to visit John Tu,...
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    Octavia visits Portland!

    Octavia has been nagging me to post some photos and bring everyone up to date on her adventures since she came home with me from Ruckus. Sooooo~

    Here she is studying the Guide to the Oregon Solar...
  3. Great news from you, Matt! Thanks for checking...

    Great news from you, Matt! Thanks for checking back in!
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    Sticky: What a statement, Purr! What detail; love the...

    What a statement, Purr! What detail; love the mix of pearls and chain!
  5. Thread: The JADE thread

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    Magnificent color, Cees. I've seen Federico...

    Magnificent color, Cees. I've seen Federico Barlocher's videos and stories of the jade fairs, fascinating!

    What size are the cabs?
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    :) How generous of you, Jaye! That would be a...

    :) How generous of you, Jaye! That would be a dream come true, for sure!
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    A classic white strand is a great place to start,...

    A classic white strand is a great place to start, perfect whether it's worn with the most casual t-shirt or a wedding dress.
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    Yes, I agree your pearls appear to be 10mm. Were you expecting larger pearls? An 11mm pearl would have quite a bit more volume and would definitely appear larger. Here is another thread on this...
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    Sounds like some sort of covering for the pearl...

    Sounds like some sort of covering for the pearl will be part of this experiment, so the wax will not actually be touching the surface of the pearl.
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    Ahh, I would totally wear this (if I could get it...

    Ahh, I would totally wear this (if I could get it over my knuckle)!
  11. Thread: Faceted Pearls

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    So interesting, amazing enamel work. I quite...

    So interesting, amazing enamel work. I quite enjoy the faceted pearls; i feel they often don't photograph well.
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    Jaye and Perlas, You both chose some fabulous...

    Jaye and Perlas,

    You both chose some fabulous pearls! Jaye, how great to have the necklace strung right away, So many beautiful pearls in the world needing our admiration, haha.
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    That's so awesome to know, Jaye! Usually I can't...

    That's so awesome to know, Jaye! Usually I can't pick a favorite and don't even try! It's exciting to know we may get to see another photo of the finished strand!
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    Jaye, what a way to start my day! Truly heart...

    Jaye, what a way to start my day! Truly heart stopping pearls!! Thanks so much! That strand of light golden baroques ~ oh my!!!
  15. Thread: The JADE thread

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    JP, thanks so much for sharing the jade info. ...

    JP, thanks so much for sharing the jade info. I'm looking forward to diving into this website; I love jade, but haven't dug my pieces out and photographed for the forum.
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    Delightful, Purr!

    Delightful, Purr!
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    Congratulations on the wonderful Kojima earrings...

    Congratulations on the wonderful Kojima earrings and all your pearly treasures! Sarah is an amazing designer and you wear the longer earrings so beautifully!
  18. Thread: hippopus pearl

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    How special to see these in person! Thank you...

    How special to see these in person! Thank you for sharing photos!
  19. Thread: Blue Akoyas

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    This GIA article...

    This GIA article references an Australian Akoya farm; it does show photos of the range of harvest colors, linking here in case anyone missed the other thread.

    As I understand it, most of the...
  20. Super timing for this article, thanks, PD.

    Super timing for this article, thanks, PD.
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    Wow, so many new beautiful and fun little h...

    Wow, so many new beautiful and fun little h pieces! Congratulations!
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    Yes, the pearls would have been glued. Well, not...

    Yes, the pearls would have been glued. Well, not sure what you mean by "how did the person do that?" But there are glue tubes with very fine tips. I'd certainly make a gluey mess of something like...
  23. Thread: Blue Akoyas

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    I wonder what Jeremy would add to this...

    I wonder what Jeremy would add to this discussion? So would the process of production of blue South Sea pearls differ from Akoya? Is that color all an accident? Because the nacre is definitely...
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    WOW WOW WOW! What fun; I hope you were just...

    WOW WOW WOW! What fun; I hope you were just slightly rowdy and everyone got stared at a whole bunch!! Thank you for the fab pics!
  25. Before the time that premade clasps were widely...

    Before the time that premade clasps were widely available, probably there were many talented bench jewelers who creatively designed their own clasps. It's a gorgeous clasp and wonderful to see! ...
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