Page 15 of 19 FirstFirst ... 51314151617 ... LastLast
Results 211 to 225 of 281
  1. #211
    purveyor of pearls Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert pearlescence's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    3,588

    Default

    [QUOTE=Sea Urchin;181251]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?)
    I've always disliked this stuff - mostly because earlier dupes come up to me waving a dyed dull freshwater pearl in some plated cage and tell me with great excitement the snake oil salesman told them it was worth $$$, or it's a present from a grandchild..and I never know whether to tell the truth or go along with the fluffy lies

  2. #212
    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Posts
    1,141

    Default

    I think once a child is old (mature) enough to stop believing in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, we should treat them with respect and find more honest ways to enhance their natural desire to explore and find treasures, rather than expose them to these pearl party carnival acts. (..sorry end of speech) ..a grab bag is a much better idea.

    haha BW, I doubt I would have even gotten out of the car!

  3. #213
    Rare Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Orlando, Florida, USA
    Posts
    3,204

    Default

    I'm sure she thought she was going to walk through lovely gardens with paved sidewalks. It's hard to tell in Florida. Some of the gardens are paved, and some are seriously rustic to the point that you have to wear hiking boots and long pants to keep the ticks off you.

  4. #214
    Inactive Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    1,880

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SunSeeker View Post
    I think once a child is old (mature) enough to stop believing in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, we should treat them with respect and find more honest ways to enhance their natural desire to explore and find treasures, rather than expose them to these pearl party carnival acts.
    This strikes to the heart of the matter.

    I grew up knowing my mother wore pearls, my grandmother wore pearls and her mother wore pearls. While I was just a boy, my curiosity and big stick led me to discover freshwater mussels in the wiles of Quetico Park, in Northwestern Ontario during a Canada (Dominion) Day celebration and family reunion. I was mesmerized a tiny, abundant creature could create the iridescent treasures of rainbows and gems.

    Despite my awe, my folks outwardly explained pearls were a secret never to be divulged and only possible in a place far away. I understood what they were saying, but didn't buy it because here I was, a boy of five observing the phenomena of nacreous growth before my very eyes. It was on that sunny day in 1962, I resolved to prove them wrong, that I would topple those barriers to unlock mysteries and dispel the myths.

    Growing up, I learned to hold my breath to swim underwater. My first snorkel had a ping-pong ball stopper that proved more dangerous than no snorkel at all. I felt like Aqua Man when I got my first swim fins. I would hunt for patches of mussels, watching them as their mantles displayed patterns of color and sensitivity. My entire family were pioneers of SCUBA apparatus, instructors and intrepid explorers of lost ships, salvage and discoveries. In 1979, I moved to the west coast to pursue a deep sea diving career and within just a few years navigated and surveyed much of the coastline, from Washington State to Alaska.

    One evening in 1980, while dining on a plate of deep fried mussels, I cracked a bicuspid on a pearl. The next day, with half a tooth and a pearl in hand, walked into the dentist office. The dentist took an x-ray of the tooth and the pearl. He explained the tooth could not be saved, but the pearl should.

    The stage was set and the point of this rambling is all of us are gifted with the power of observation, speculation and replication. The greater parts of our education are experience, listening and seeing.

    While I could go on for days about the misconceptions of natural or cultured pearling, I fail to see where oyster opening parties and education are interfaced. All too often, these so-called hosts claim opening them in the presence of children (even adults for that matter) is a pathway to higher learning. To that end, I often ask myself... learning what? How to deceive?, ruthless greed?, perpetuating myths? In reviewing these pearl party sideshows, no where have I witnessed a single tenet of truth how invertebrates are identified, arise, evolve or behave. I fail to see how severing the adductor muscle of a sickly bivalve to reveal a transplanted, previously harvested trinket has even a modicum of inference to anything ecological, anatomical or environmental.

    Most party hosts are preoccupied with flaunting fabulous nails, flicking flowing locks or feigning sophistication under the guise of picking pockets. Some hosts brag revenue by posting invoices and receipts. All that tells me, they are little more than snake oil hucksters, adept at shallow manipulation and pawns in elaborate pyramid schemes.

    I'm not a parent, so I cannot declare what the greater interests of child rearing are, but I've taken enough young people under my wing to know there ought to be more transparency and honesty in how we educate ourselves and steward our surroundings. I've had an adventurous life and done more things most could even imagine, but my greatest joy is to inspire a person to release fish into the sea or gaze into the depths with wonder.
    Attached Images Attached Images    

  5. #215
    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    6,738

    Default

    Thank you for sharing the history behind your fascination with pearls, Dave!

  6. #216
    Museum Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert JerseyPearl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    New Jersey, of course!
    Posts
    5,137

    Default

    Dave!
    What a wonderful story.
    Etsy shop: OceansCove
    Instagram: OceansCove
    Facebook: Ocean's Cove Jewelry
    Amazon Handmade: Ocean's Cove
    Pinterest: OceansCove

  7. #217
    Rare Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Orlando, Florida, USA
    Posts
    3,204

    Default

    Dave, thank you for sharing your story. I love all the good, factual information you share with us. And the tooth story tickles me.

  8. #218
    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Sea Urchin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    1,068

    Default

    Great story and photos, Dave!

    I have to say, I don't see the big kick in getting just a pearl anyway. Unless someone is a collector, the main cost and effort is putting the pearl into a piece of jewelry. And who wants to do all that if it's not a pearl they happen to really, really like?

    Just my opinion, but I'd rather surprise people with a few pairs of different colored and sized pearl stud earrings, freshwaters and silver if on a tight budget. Or maybe freshwater bracelets on elastic, pearls in pendant settings or a combination of jewelry pieces.
    Last edited by Sea Urchin; 04-19-2017 at 08:23 PM.

  9. #219
    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Posts
    1,141

    Default

    Thank you for your response, Dave. And I couldn't agree more with you. As a parent, its hard not to indulge in their fantasies. But I feel, since I am the parent, I should steer them away from such misadventures. As always, your writing is a pleasure to read, dental mishap and all! And enjoyed the photos too!

  10. #220
    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Sanippy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    1,781

    Default

    Great photos Dave! Thanks for sharing your story.

  11. #221
    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Marianne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    1,742

    Default

    Thank you for sharing your story, Dave! I agree, the best way to learn about nature is in nature. (I learned to swim in the N. Puget Sound… Not for the faint of heart, eh?)

  12. #222
    Super Moderator Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert jshepherd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Marina del Rey, CA
    Posts
    5,547

    Default

    Great story!

  13. #223
    Rare Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    South Australia
    Posts
    4,944

    Default

    I love to read your stories Dave - you have a gift ! I couldn't agree more with what you said! As someone who grew up with fields and a woods, lake and river within 200 meters of my back door (no bears though) our lives were filled with adventure and constant exploration. Couldn't have asked for more.

  14. #224
    Pearl Scholar Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert pattye's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    9,500

    Default

    As always, Dave, your stories and photos are impactful! Thanks for all you do and share. Hope you're vertigo free!
    Pattye


    PatriciaSaabDesigns.etsy.com

    facebook.com/PatriciaSaabDesigns

    SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

  15. #225
    Pearl Journalist Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert GemGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Oceanside, CA
    Posts
    8,880

    Default

    Dave, you should write an article.
    GemGeek
    The World Is My Oyster!

Similar Threads

  1. Fresh Water Pearls from zhuji direct= wholesale
    By scluri in forum Freshwater Pearls
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-05-2015, 02:35 AM
  2. Bying Pearls in Shenzhen (wholesale - small lot)
    By shakun in forum Freshwater Pearls
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-04-2013, 10:54 AM
  3. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-14-2012, 11:22 PM
  4. wholesale Tahitian pearls!
    By zannafille in forum Tahitian Pearls
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 09-30-2011, 08:47 AM
  5. freshwater pearls wholesale
    By jiangchang123 in forum Cultured Pearls
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-09-2005, 11:37 AM