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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Luvglitz's Avatar
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    This weekend was the International Gem and Jewelry Show. This show is held three times a year in my city, and usually the January show is not the best. But, attend I must (in fact, I canít wait for the show to open). The usual dealers that I buy from were in attendance. My most outstanding purchases were three strands of 12-15mm round FW pearls in colors the likes of which I had never seen before. The strands show the highest luster and many deep lavender blue colors. The peach color pearls are also an unusual shade. I wish I had bought all the dealer had to offer. I took pictures of the pearls while I was in a blue robe this morning while the light was right. So, if you see Draculaís reflection in the sharp luster of the pearls, it is only me. Interestingly, the pearls are supposed to be 12-15mm. I measured the largest in the strands and not one of them were that large. I really do not care, however there had been a thread of the fudging on the size of Chinese FW pearls.
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    Wow, those colors are really intense!!!

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    Gorgeous pearls, Luvglitz!

    Couldn't hurt to carry calipers; if the size is off quite a bit could be a bargaining point~the peach shade sounds pretty interesting.

    Gem Faire here in OR in 2 weeks, so hope we will see some similar size and colors.
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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Luvglitz's Avatar
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    Thank you Pattye and Marianne. I just ordered lavender beader’s secret from you Pattye to string with. Neck shots to follow when strung.

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    Love these colors!
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    Are you making a rope ? Those are lovely - I picked up a bunch of the multi coloured in HK .. they are addicting !!

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    They are gorgeous!

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    Great find...I can't wait to see what you make with them!
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    Thank you Fridgetnator, Katbran, Sanippy and Jersey Pearl. On two of the strands I am going to use magnetic clasps so I can indeed make a rope, or detached them to wear single or nested.
    Katbran, I will be in Hong Kong in April for a few days before embarking on a cruise. Where do I shop for pearls?

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    beautiful color on those pearls, Luvglitz!

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    Default One finished strand two to go.

    I had time today to knot and string one strand of my new FW pearls. I chose the strand with the more peach pearls. I used a magnetic clasp so I can make a rope if I wish or wear it alone. I love the look but would have liked the strand longer. I will add pearls to the next strand I knot.
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    Yikes! Magnificent! A rope is going to be heavy, but beautiful.
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    Thank you GemGeek. I agree with you about weight, however a girl has to do what a girl has to do. Seriously, I’m more concerned that the weight will stretch even Beader’s Secret. I’m about to start on the second strand so we will see. It’s too cold to venture out.

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    In my experience it is not that Beaders Secret stretches -- I don't think it does-- but that with heavier pearls/longer strands, gravity and the movement/swinging of the strands while on the neck cause the knots to tighten over time. So you may wish to restring periodically. But the thread is not expensive, and the larger the pearls, the fewer knots per inch.

    I think you might want to use the heavier size of Beaders Secret, too.

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    PDs I was just going to make that recommendation! I restrung my 12-15mm Edisons on heavier Beader's Secret and I am so pleased with how well it worked. The knots are a tad larger, but on larger pearls they don't look bigger than usual. I used rose on this strand.Name:  IMG_3152.jpg
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