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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member moneymeister's Avatar
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    Default Need a picture of an Akoya pearl with bead showing

    Hi PG folks. Does anyone have a high-quality picture of an Akoya pearl showing the interior bead? I would like to use the picture on the Facebook page.

    I do not have a stray akoya at my house, or I would perform a hammer test.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moneymeister View Post
    Hi PG folks. Does anyone have a high-quality picture of an Akoya pearl showing the interior bead? I would like to use the picture on the Facebook page.

    I do not have a stray akoya at my house, or I would perform a hammer test.
    Thanks in advance.
    Like one sliced in half or smashed with a hammer? What are you using it for?

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    This is for https://www.facebook.com/PearlPartyEducation on Facebook. I am trying to help folks understand that their "Akoya" are freshwater. Started smashing freshwater pearls the other day and it has been an effective attention getter.

    A few still need to see a broken Akoya (hammer smashed is fine) that clearly shows the nucleus for identification of a typical Akoya pearl.
    Here is a sample I made of a Tahitian.

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    Sure thing. This is an akoya crushed with vice grips. Btw, freshwater are extremely difficult to crush this way. Akoya are fairly easy.
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    I know this is for a good cause, but AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWeaves View Post
    I know this is for a good cause, but AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!
    That's what the oyster said

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    Quote Originally Posted by jshepherd View Post
    That's what the oyster said
    Thanks so much Jeremy! It is for a good cause.

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    Wow ..I've never seen an Akoya pearl broken like that ..I knew the nacre was thin..but when you see it the photo it's actually shocking. It's like a layer of paint.

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    Jeremy, I posted your picture with a thank you and credit to you at PP. I appreciate the picture and am SURE so many others will too. It will help stop so much fraud.

    A lady was talking with me the other day and told me she spent several hundred dollars on "Akoya" pearls to resell. It was obvious the money came at great personal sacrifice and she was devastated to learn she had misrepresented her pearl oysters to consumers. She is going back and forth with the seller who told her they were Akoya. The dirty vendor even sent a picture of the "center bead" to the girl to prove her pearls were Akoya. I suggested the girl file a complaint with PayPal.Name:  17238727_10208710485827766_777236059_n.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katbran View Post
    Wow ..I've never seen an Akoya pearl broken like that ..I knew the nacre was thin..but when you see it the photo it's actually shocking. It's like a layer of paint.
    Really brings home WHY it's important to know and trust your vendor. I thought it was very interesting too.

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    Shocking to see that people pay a lot for a strand of high luster Akoya and then see that within a very short time their money has gone down the drain

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    That's why I prefer freshwater pearls I'm afraid of akoya nacre

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    Thanks Jeremy! Very informative!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jshepherd View Post
    Sure thing. This is an akoya crushed with vice grips. Btw, freshwater are extremely difficult to crush this way. Akoya are fairly easy.
    A question for Jeremy, is this the typical nacre amount that there is on today's akoya pearls? What is the typical thickness today? Was it thicker say, 20-30 years ago? ... (Sorry this is 3questions) ... THANK YOU
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cees View Post
    Shocking to see that people pay a lot for a strand of high luster Akoya and then see that within a very short time their money has gone down the drain
    My akoyas last for decades. I've only had one strand wear out after 60 years. I know that there was a period of time where the akoyas were shockingly thin skinned, but most of mine are lasting quite nicely.

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