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    Default South sea pearls or not?

    I bought these from a deceased estate, and believed them to be south sea pearls. But then I started doubting myself, so thought I'd ask for opinions here

    They range in size from the largest (top left) 12mm x 11mm to the smallest (bottom right) 6mm x 5mm.

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    and here they are turned over, same order. A couple of flaws

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    Thank you in advance

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    IMHO they are freshwater pearls.

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    I'd say all freshwater. Not always easy to tell, but the second from left is a classic button. Plus I've never seen peach coloured south sea pearls

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    I also think they are cultured Chinese freshwater pearls.

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    I also thought freshwater pearls because they are too small for SS, and the colors are wrong.

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    Agree with the others, cultured freshwater pearls from China. Hopefully you didn't pay much for these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pearlescence View Post
    I'd say all freshwater. Not always easy to tell, but the second from left is a classic button. Plus I've never seen peach coloured south sea pearls
    I hope you find this info useful, Pearlescence http://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sho...ht=#post169380

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    The peach colour of the pearls in this thread is nothing like the colour of the pearl in the thread to which you referred me - or am I missing something? That pearl is not peach coloured

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearlescence View Post
    The peach colour of the pearls in this thread is nothing like the colour of the pearl in the thread to which you referred me - or am I missing something? That pearl is not peach coloured
    To my eyes the fifth pearl on the top row looks pink. Maybe for you it's peach. I agree that computer screen affects the color of the pearls. And it seems pink ssps exist although they're very rare. I did see a gssp which looked peachy possibly because of its pink overtone. It was from United Pearl Trading.

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    Thank you everyone - the colours have come out looking peachier than they are in real life. Under natural light it's much more subtle - I would describe it as a champagne or rose overtone.

    In answer to pattye, no, I didn't pay much for them, they came with in a small bulk lot of gems. I was more interested in the gemstones at the time I purchased.

    Are there any tests I can do that would help identify them further? I will probably keep a couple for me, and sell the rest, or gift them to people. However, I couldn't even think of pricing them without being sure of what they are, I have no interest in ripping people off.

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    Forgive my ignorance - do the flaws make them worthless if they are freshwater pearls?

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    Some of the pearls have low luster areas, others have flat backs. Some have rings, all are non-spherical. I think they have low value. IMO these are not worth trying to sell.

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    I'd agree with Pearl Dreams. These look like Chinese Freshwater pearls, not much value here unfortunately.
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    Thank you everyone In that case I might have some fun with them and include them in future artworks

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    That sounds like a good use for them!

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