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    We typically have dinner and drinks on Friday...

    We typically have dinner and drinks on Friday evening. Not everyone always makes it because for most that is a travel day, but most of us do!
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    I am still working on the overnight...

    I am still working on the overnight accommodations and the location for our Pearl Talks, but the venue for the party on Saturday night, July 28th, is set!

    https://vimeo.com/250693709
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    Take a look at the last sentence in both the A...

    Take a look at the last sentence in both the A grade and the AA grade. According to this, they don't even carry them. I don't believe there is anything unintentional about them.
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    That is true, but my biggest problem with this is...

    That is true, but my biggest problem with this is the grading. This is from The Pearl Source's website. That strand of pearls, according to their own website, would be graded A and not AA+. The...
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    The value difference is much more than $100. The...

    The value difference is much more than $100. The nacre on Akoya pearls as thin as that on the Pearl Source strand will be gone in a matter of months.

    It irks me because calling those pearls the...
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    When I saw this first post I was taken aback by...

    When I saw this first post I was taken aback by the apparent quality of the strand but thought it might be just terrible photography (no offense). But this photo is clear. There is not even a remote...
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    I forgot to mention, it's still the last weekend...

    I forgot to mention, it's still the last weekend of July!
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    The tiny freshwater ... that one is extra...

    The tiny freshwater ... that one is extra special! It was one of five made for one of her editorial events, as a favor by friend in Hong Kong!
  9. I agree. Those are akoya pearls, not freshwater.

    I agree. Those are akoya pearls, not freshwater.
  10. Before WWII Biwa pearls were grown with a nucleus...

    Before WWII Biwa pearls were grown with a nucleus similar to the way Kasumi pearls are grown today. They didn't become widely known or recognized, but were called "Fujita Rose Pearls" in the 1930s....
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    Sticky: That is going to be quite the bracelet. I look...

    That is going to be quite the bracelet. I look forward to seeing the finished piece!
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    Now that is an amazing pearl stack!

    Now that is an amazing pearl stack!
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    Pearl-Guide Ruckus, 2018

    Hi Everyone!

    We are now working on the 10th annual Ruckus! I've been trying to a find a property for more than a month now, which is why I haven't posted until now. We don't have one locked in...
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    I've seen these, and there are similar articles...

    I've seen these, and there are similar articles coming out of Thailand. It's difficult to tell whether or not there is any truth to them. The cockscomb and triangle sail shell in China, for example,...
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    There are no commercial freshwater pearl farms in...

    There are no commercial freshwater pearl farms in Vietnam, only a small akoya pearl farming industry. China is the only country growing tissue-grafted freshwater pearls, so they can't come from any...
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    I am glad you're a good sport about it. I know...

    I am glad you're a good sport about it. I know the market you went into and it is a fun place to visit and shop, especially if you like negotiating. But even the jade is all soapstone.

    You...
  17. There is no bead. These are not Tahitian pearls....

    There is no bead. These are not Tahitian pearls. They are dyed freshwater pearls.
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    I hate to post this, but those look like shell...

    I hate to post this, but those look like shell pearls, not freshwater pearls.
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  25. Congratulations! That's a rare find!

    Congratulations! That's a rare find!
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