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    Default Southsea Pearl vs Edison Pearls

    I am curious to know if there is any difference in quality between South sea pearls and Edison pearls.

    I love the Edisons because of their lustre, size, and affordability. The Edisons also come in beautiful natural colours. I have a huge white edison perfect white pearl from pearlescence and it is stunnning. Mirror metallic. For that quality, at 15 mm, I would be paying tons more if it were Southsea.

    Of course price of a south sea pearl strand would be different from an edison. Apart from that, what else?

    Thank you for your thoughts.

    Oh, and I bought 2 strands from Pearlescence today. Edison and Ming. When they come, I will show you.

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    They can look very similar and you can't argue the value of bead nucleated FW vs. South Sea pearls. But to me, the SSP still has a depth and richness that FWPs can't match. Hard to put your finger on, but if you handle enough of both I think you'll see what I mean.
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    I agree with Kevin...I happen to prefer salt water pearls over freshwaters, but both can be beautiful in their own ways. Someone recently posted a strand of white Edisons that were very very close to looking like superb quality SSPs. I don't recall who it was, but maybe someone else will remember.
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    I think it may have been IcyJade, JerseyPearl. She had a pic comparing her round white Edisons and oval wss as well as a few other white strands. I'll see if I can't find it...

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    Here it is. Scroll down for her pics and comments.

    http://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sho...r-Pearls/page2

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    I haven't seen photos of any Edisons that are as cool a white as SSP.
    FWP mostly seem to be a warmer white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baby nurse View Post
    I think it may have been IcyJade, JerseyPearl. She had a pic comparing her round white Edisons and oval wss as well as a few other white strands. I'll see if I can't find it...
    Of course...Icy has the most outstanding collection! That is indeed the strand I was thinking of. Thank you BN.
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    You're welcome, JP!

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    What is the current thickness of Edison pearls? This article says 5mm - 12mm...which is outstandingly thick. Is this correct? And at 36 months cultivation? It seems not to add up.

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    I'm not sure..Kevin can probably best answer that.. they are certainly quite heavy.

    Thanks for finding that photo - it shows excellent examples of large white strands. Personally I agree that it's hard to beat WSS pearls .. but...if money is a factor and you want some big white pearls then Edison is the way to go.. Though at the top end the Edisons are pretty darn pricey ( but still about 1/2 WSS) But for a few thousand dollars you can get a pretty reasonable strand and the WSS will be far more.

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    Thanks for posting icyjade's necklace. It does rival WSSs, doesn't it!

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    I love Icyjade's strand of SSP. Anyway, when I receive my pearls from Wendy, I will let you have a look. These are in shades of pink and raspberry. I thought it best to buy these as SSPs are white - so another time, maybe. I think Wendy has fantastic SSPs in blue too!

    I think the Edisons can also be heavy so 15 mm for earrings may not be wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perlas View Post
    What is the current thickness of Edison pearls? This article says 5mm - 12mm...which is outstandingly thick. Is this correct? And at 36 months cultivation? It seems not to add up.
    Yes it sounds off. Nacre thickness from the bead to the outside edge is the proper measurement. Their 5mm would be 2.5 on each side of the bead when measuring diameter. But it does take a long time to get 6mm thickness on even a freshwater pearl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GemGeek View Post
    Yes it sounds off. Nacre thickness from the bead to the outside edge is the proper measurement. Their 5mm would be 2.5 on each side of the bead when measuring diameter. But it does take a long time to get 6mm thickness on even a freshwater pearl.
    What is the nacre thinkness for a good AAA SSP?

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    The pearls on the card are Extreme metallic freshwater Edisons at the top and bottom with White South sea in the middle. These are really not good examples because these are unusually metallic but you can see Edison and WSS together.

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