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    Quote Originally Posted by MSC View Post
    Thanks BN! Do you think even if the clasp is glass or paste that I did not over pay for the pearls?
    I don't think you overpaid. I'm not an expert but they seem to be genuine akoya and if they're old, the nacre's likely thicker than what you'd find on akoya today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baby nurse View Post
    I don't think you overpaid. I'm not an expert but they seem to be genuine akoya and if they're old, the nacre's likely thicker than what you'd find on akoya today.
    Agreed! For sure!

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    Whew okay, that's reassuring! Thank guys, for all the feedback; this is the first vintage cultured pearl necklace I've ever purchased, so I'm really glad I did pretty okay I'm dying to get the clasp mystery resolved, hopefully tomorrow. If the stones aren't diamonds, but the metal is gold I'll probably still use it for my next pipi project. And I am definitely going to restring the pearls!
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    Decided to wear them today while driving up the eastern seaboard
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    Awww, your new akoyas have a lovely glow, as do you! Looking forward to finding out more about the clasp. Voting for genuine diamonds. (Just a hunch.) Safe travels!
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    Lovely and glowing, MSC. You wear them well!

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    Very pretty...those are longer than I had thought, and a great length at that! I took another look at the "diamonds" set into the clasp...it appears that they are mounted in the style of finer jewelry...it doesn't look like a costume setting. I also agree that the clasp has more of an art deco design.

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    Awesome clasp and pretty pearls!

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    Awe! Thank you guys, you're all so sweet! Well after 12 hours on the road, I'm no longer glowing, but the pearls sure are!
    It's really hard to see Jersey but a couple of the stones are invisibly set.
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    That's a great shot. Thanks! In looking at it's construction, it would be unusual for a costume piece, unless the stones were glued into place...in which case you would be able to see evidence of glue or a silvered backing on the reverse side of the stone. Can you take a shot of the underside of the clasp without the tongue inserted? And maybe a shot from the side of the clasp again without the tongue? It looks like they are set with an open type gallery which is designed to allow maximum light into the stones.

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    No shot needed! There's no foil backing or glue and the gallery is open
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    So I stopped by an antique jewelry specialist and showed them the necklace. Yes, diamonds!!! The jeweler thought some of the smaller pearls could be natural, so I'm going to find a dentist to X-ray. Happy day!
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    Looks sharp enough to be diamond and I don't think anyone would have done all that work for white sapphires or topaz. Good score and the necklace looks great on you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GemGeek View Post
    Looks sharp enough to be diamond and I don't think anyone would have done all that work for white sapphires or topaz. Good score and the necklace looks great on you.
    Yes, I agree! Good score!! How come I never find stuff like this on eBay? In any regard, once I saw that setting, I thought they might be the real deal...and they look to be of a nice size and clarity too.

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    Thanks y'all! I think I'm going to get an appraisal done on this one.
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