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    Apart from the pearls, are the jewelry settings actually sterling silver, or just stamped sterling/925 while actually being silver plated, as often seems to be the case with metal findings from China?

    Edited to add that I am not referring to reputable vendors' findings. But if you buy jewelry from China say, on eBay, I would be skeptical about the metal, no matter what it is stamped.
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    MM, very well stated. And everyone else, "ditto"...
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    Hello,

    I am interested in finding Akoya oysters with their pearls coming from China. Can you be of help?

    Thank you.

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    Hi UndertheSea,

    Sorry, no one here will give you that sort of information. Please read this thread thoroughly and you will understand why we don't advocate, encourage or enable the sale of freshwater pearls in juvenile saltwater oyster shells.

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    It's continually mind blowing...

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    I don't get how a poster can post a question like that without reading the rest of the thread where 5 other people have asked the same question and not read the answers. It almost feels like they are just trolling us, at this point. Another forum I'm on has a saying, "Don't feed the bears." Someone would post that, and there would just be no answers after that.

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    I don't think it's trolling, though-- more like laziness. I don't understand how people can start a business without knowing all about what they are selling, but obviously many don't see the need to educate themselves first.

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    The people who are too lazy to do proper research are the same folks looking for get rich quick schemes. One thing I've discovered about selling handmade jewelry...it's a very expensive undertaking. Rewarding, but expensive (especially if you like what you make, then decide not to sell it!)
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    JerseyPearl, your jewelry is beautiful, so I can see the temptation to keep it!

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    Thanks PD!
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    While I wasn't really interested in the pearl party stuff anyway, I used to think it was no big deal and just a bit of fun too, so I get where some of these posters are coming from. I thought it might be cute for little kids at least, along the same lines as the big thrill we used to get from the prize in a box of Cracker Jacks or grab bags (am I showing my age?)

    But the Wish Pearl nonsense goes beyond that. They're packed in nasty chemicals, grossly overpriced, blatantly lied about and fake science. (If you become a seller, you might even get sued for participating in the false advertising- opposition seems to be mounting).

    There are all kinds of ways to treat yourself, sell something for profit, surprise kids or give kids a cool (real) science lesson. So another way to look at is just why bother with such garbage?
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    So that was a lot to read! I just signed up to comment and ask some questions.

    Several FB friends do these pearl parties. However Im cheap, and never wanted to pay $15 an oyster, so Ive been talking to my family about all of us getting together and pitching in and buying bulk akoya oysters for us to do our own party. An offline version, not for profit, all of us just pitching in the exact price for the amount we wish to open. Ive found them for $1.29 each for 100 oysters on ebay. There are 12 of us so we are getting 8 each, with four leftover in case any are empty. Now here are my questions:
    *Would it be cheaper for us to just buy bulk freshwater pearls, put them in a bag, and draw them out?
    *If so, where should I be looking for these bulk freshwater pearls?

    I hope I didnt ask the wrong questions, but from what I saw the problem was from people asking for you to give out info on purchasing akoya oysters with freshwater pearls-which they could use to do their own pearl parties-which is exactly what you are speaking out against.
    I know now (thanks to this forum!) these are cultured & dyed freshwater pearls. In my case its not about thinking we are getting highly expensive pearls, this is just going to be a fun family activity to do for a wedding shower. Id far prefer to order the pearls direct so we dont have to open a bunch of chemically soaked, wet dog smelling oysters, lol.

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    Cherie,

    Thank you for reading the thread before posting. It's good to see that you don't want to open chemically-soaked dead oysters just to get a low quality freshwater pearl.

    Have you considered doing a grab-bag of real Tahitians? There is a seller on Etsy who sells them for not a lot of money, and you can get them undrilled or ask for them to be fully drilled or half-drilled free. These circled pearls are not costly and for sure would be unique:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/2342619..._home_active_4

    He has many other pearls at assorted price points, if that lot doesn't grab you. Circled pearls can be very colorful though.

    If you really want freshwaters then there are other Etsy sellers who sell drilled freshwater strands, temporarily strung. You could always buy a couple of different strands, take them apart, put the pearls in a bag and have a grab-fest.

    A few Etsy vendors:
    Wenpearls (I see they also sell Tahitians)-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/WenPearls?...ery=freshwater
    Kongspearl-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/KongsPearl...on_id=18640503

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    Great suggestion PD! I love the grab bag idea.
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    Not only would it be better to buy pearls and do a grab bag, but definitely less toxic and disgusting.

    I cannot imagine going to a bridal shower wearing my best dress and having to open a bunch of toxic, wet, dog-smelling (love that description) oysters with pearls that came from muscles not oysters. It would be like wearing your fanciest clothes for a first date, and he takes you hiking instead. And yes, I was hiking once and saw a guy in hiking gear with a very unhappy lady in a fancy dress and high heels. I assumed that it was also their last date.

    I love the grab bag idea.

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