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    Default Conch pearls on Rubylane?

    Hi everyone,

    I found this listing of a conch pearl necklace on Rubylane: https://www.rubylane.com/item/640529...43650?search=1

    Are these really conch pearls?

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    I am going to go with "heck, no." Those growth lines don't look like anything on a pearl but common on coral. The shapes don't look right, either. Notice how the description goes to great length to address these points with some very flimsy excuses (carved or tumbled beads being oval or round makes no sense).

    I am also going to say that that piece is as Victorian as I am. Victorian jewelry would be gold filled or fire gilt, not gold plated. The style also looks wrong and the fittings are very crude (notice how the the beads are misaligned and the edges crooked). I have never seen pink moonstone in Victorian jewelry either.

    To top things off, a gemologist from Toronto (where the seller is based) with the same name as on the appraisal was charged with smuggling rough diamonds without proper provenance from Africa to Canada.

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    "Conch" pearl beads. That pretty much says it all.
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    And here is the same style clasp described as "vintage", not Victorian: https://www.rubylane.com/item/640529...water?search=1

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    They are not conch pearls at all. At best they are pink coral beads. The striations are definitely specific to coral. The good thing is possibly they are not the cheap bamboo coral which is usually dyed in pink and red.

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    And how about these "Chinese South Sea" pearls? https://www.rubylane.com/item/640529...eated?search=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_Disdain View Post
    And how about these "Chinese South Sea" pearls? https://www.rubylane.com/item/640529...eated?search=1
    Eeekkk those are cheapo dyed freshwater pearls!

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    The striations look identical to those on my pearl nuclei that Mickey gave me at the last ruckus. Just a bit of pink dye, and I could make my own "conch" necklace.

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    Those look like conch shell carved into beads, not conch pearls.

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    I agree about the double quotes around "conch" to cover his butt. They don't look like anything but tumbled shell. Even coral would be prettier than that and worth a decent enough price to appraise it as coral.

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    After scrutinizing the beads and the color, I'm sure they are dyed shell beads. There's one translucent peachy speck which looks like dyed translucent MOP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    The striations look identical to those on my pearl nuclei that Mickey gave me at the last ruckus. Just a bit of pink dye, and I could make my own "conch" necklace.
    Agreed. The lines are bisected, not concentric layers. There are no pearls in the linked images.

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    And how about the seller's already sold necklaces?
    https://www.rubylane.com/item/640529...laine?search=1
    https://www.rubylane.com/item/640529...Pearl?search=1

    A conch pearl necklace would be very rare anyway, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by starsinthesea View Post
    And how about the seller's already sold necklaces?

    A conch pearl necklace would be very rare anyway, right?
    Both fakes. Very poorly faked at that. They're dyed FWP.

    Correct. Most near matched natural strands take a lifetime to produce.

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    I see...
    Thanks for all the replies!

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