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    Default Tahitian pearls - Destroyed!

    So this was sent in to us for repair this week. Two Tahitian pearl-on-leather necklaces worn for about 10 years, and apparently never taken off!

    This might be the worst damage I've ever seen! The nacre is worn completely down to the nucleus.

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    And the leather lasted all that time! I would have thought the leather would wear out before the pearls.

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    Seriously, 10 year old leather? I'm with PDs on this one.
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    These are shocking! They certainly got their money's worth!
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    Yeah, I'd like to know more about the condition of the leather if the necklaces have never been taken off.

    Just out of curiosity, what exactly did they expect to get repaired? Because the pearl would just have to be replaced, and you'd want to replace the leather thong also, so basically it's a new necklace, right?

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    There is no repairing on this, lol. I find it amazing about the leather too, but maybe it was replaced earlier. I've heard of something like this happening with Tahitians on leather before (I *think it was Josh who told me about it but I could be wrong), but I've never seen a pearl that was completely rubbed down to its core. Other factors, like cologne or sunscreen are likely in play, but WOW!

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    Was it worn by a guy with a rough neck? I'm really curious. It wore down so barrel shaped, like it was sanded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWeaves View Post
    Yeah, I'd like to know more about the condition of the leather if the necklaces have never been taken off.

    Just out of curiosity, what exactly did they expect to get repaired? Because the pearl would just have to be replaced, and you'd want to replace the leather thong also, so basically it's a new necklace, right?
    It is an easy repair: reinsert the nucleus in a shell, wait a while, harvest and it is as good as new

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWeaves View Post
    Was it worn by a guy with a rough neck? I'm really curious. It wore down so barrel shaped, like it was sanded.
    I really have no idea! I agree, it looks like it was sanded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_Disdain View Post
    It is an easy repair: reinsert the nucleus in a shell, wait a while, harvest and it is as good as new
    That is pretty much the only way to repair, lol! Put it back in the black lip for a year or so!

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    Hahah Lady_D!

    Seriously though, this could have been a really crappy pair of Tahitians, with less than stellar nacre. But I suppose it also reinforces the notion of "nothing lasts forever" (even though DeBeers would like us to believe otherswise). I say good for the soul who wore those pearls down that way...clearly they were loved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_Disdain View Post
    It is an easy repair: reinsert the nucleus in a shell, wait a while, harvest and it is as good as new
    Ha!! Love this Lady D!!

    It is very odd - I agree the leather must have been replaced . Could have been super cheap tourist stuff ?? Can they even get their hands on thinner than allowed nacre pearls ? That's just amazing. Thanks for posting.

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    If they were rounds, the nacre must have been super thick, actually. They were just worn, worn, worn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_Disdain View Post
    It is an easy repair: reinsert the nucleus in a shell, wait a while, harvest and it is as good as new
    Hahahaha! Nice one! But the oyster might go "Bleh, yuck!" on that 10 year old pearl leftover and find a way to chuck it out of its system! :P

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    Strange ! Looking at the leather, it's seems to be taken off a long time. Maybe pearls still smell solar cream or other pearl's killers ?

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