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    Default 4 cm / 1.6" long pearl, what type is it?

    Hi,

    I just purchased a large pearl for a neckless. it is 4 cm or 1.6" long and has a weight of 13.3 g. Do you have any idea what kind of pearl I have purchased?

    Thank you for the help.

    Best regards
    Morten
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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Red's Avatar
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    Chinese freshwater fireball shaped pearl. Lovely setting for a beautiful pearl.

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    Lovely! Looks like a cultured freshwater pearl from China. The color would be natural. The shape comes from the bead inside.
    Edit: fireball or flameball as Red said. The name refers to the fact that the pearl has a "tail." These pearls form when a bead is placed into an already-existing pearl sac from previous grafting in the same mussel.

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    Nice freshwater flameball, nice jewel. Lately, this kind of pearl is not often seen on P-G, thank you Morten_S.

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    Thank you for the Nice feedback and help. I really appreciate it. I only paid 220 usd on an auction. Is it worth having estimated in case of insurance issues? In Denmark I will only get what I paid if I don have a reputable dealer estimate

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    It's 18k gold

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    lovely setting on a lovely fireball pearl!

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    Oh lovely fireball pendant. Neck shot please.

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    I don't think you need an official appraisal for insurance purposes (i.e. replacement value.) Just keep a record of your receipt.

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    Fireballs are fairly common, this is a nice example, with a smooth tail and large. Prices go up with size, lustre and swirlyness of tail (think of the ruffled skirt of a flamenco dancer)
    The gold is worth as much as the pearl
    What someone pays for something is not what its value is for insurance

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    Very pretty and large pendant. I love the leaves! I agree with the others, no special appraisal needed.

    I'd be delighted to find that in the toe of my Christmas stocking!
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    I think you got a good deal with the setting in 18kt gold - as Wendy pointed out..it's worth more than the pearl ! That said it is a very nice shape , size and colour ! Well done. No appraisal necessary.

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    I agree with Katbran: I don't know in Denmark, but in France, about 200€ for only this gold setting, without pearl, is already not expensive! And if it is an artisan's creation, as it looks like, that's a very good deal... Except that nobody appreciates real work's worth, now.
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    I'm going to post a warning..I've seen fireballs set similarly on ebay - the metal is not solid gold. It's either gold plated onto a base metal or gold plated onto silver (being stamped is not a guarantee)
    If you can, get the metal checked while still time to return

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