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    Pearl Journalist Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert GemGeek's Avatar
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    Default Faceted Pearls, Examined.

    If you click HERE, you can see what makes faceted pearls so interesting!
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    I'm still quite undecided about whether or not I like them...but they are fascinating up close aren't they !!??

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    Wow. Great photos!

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    Personally, I feel they are rather fun~the nacre has to be quite thick; the faceted freshwater pearls I have are all nacre. Some fun discussions occured previously in the threads shown below. Great examples, GemGeek!
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    I like them, but in small quantities, like for earrings or pendants. A strand would be too much for me. A fab pair for earrings has been on my 'want' list for a while.

    Where can we buy them from?

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    I agree. I like the idea of the faceted pearls for earrings or a pendant or ring, but not as a full necklace. I think they would "read" as fake as a whole strand. I could see them as a single faceted pearl in a necklace of round pearls that contrast in color, as an accent. Given how expensive it must be to facet them, that's probably the only way we could afford them anyway. Win-win.

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    I really like them, and that bubble like illusion they get is really cool in person.
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    Not really a fan of the faceted strands of Freshwater, but dark pearls can be pretty sexy...

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    I've been very close to pulling the trigger on these, but the retail price one would have to charge is hard to justify.
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    I'm not wild about the faceted pearls, but they certainly are different. The faceted Tahitians remind me a bit of the mosaic abalone shell beads that were popular in the early 70s.

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    Now that I think of it ... earrings might be good....Not keen on the necklace as there's just TOO much faceting happening for me. But I could envision earrings....hmmmmmm

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    Some ring examples here: http://4csblog.gia.edu/2014/fascinat...cultured-pearl

    I've also seen some gorgeous earrings on Pinterest. Google for images of 'faceted pearl earrings'...

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    Do they hand facet the pearls with a machine like drilling pearls, or is it fully automated? Or hand faceted with a hand tool? Hope my question makes sense.

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    IcyJade I like the examples on the gia page, very creative use of faceted pearls.

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    Whoa, Kevin. That drop is gorgeous. It's going to make an amazing pendant.

    I agree, the dark pearls look better faceted than the light ones. It brings out the colors in the dark pearls.

    Still not a fan of an entire strand, though.

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    I think a pendant and earrings in black would be faboo. ♡♡♡
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelluvpearls View Post
    Do they hand facet the pearls with a machine like drilling pearls, or is it fully automated? Or hand faceted with a hand tool? Hope my question makes sense.
    They do it by hand on a wheel, like diamonds. Diamonds can be automated, but I don't think pearls can.
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