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    Pearl Scholar Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert pattye's Avatar
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    CM, yes, you are absolutely stunning in your new rope! Take a deep breath and realize few have seen cultured pearls so beautiful and lustrous, even jewelers.

    Love the stories, Katbran and PD. Here's mine, about 12 years ago I sent my rare baroque Cortez Pearl strands to a reputable pearl appraiser, not identifying them initially, and saying I would call with their story once she'd looked them over. She had decided they must dyed akoya!
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    Pattye, I would love to see a photo of that strand...bet it is scrumptious!
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    Dyed akoyas? I'm dying.

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    Pearl Scholar Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert pattye's Avatar
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    Very sorry, too dark and rainy for pics today, hope for better tomorrow.
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    Pattye ! That's hilarious !! But as ignorant as most jewellers are of pearls..I'd not be at all surprised if they had never heard of SoC!

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    The rest of the story:
    (Sorry to hijack an akoya topic.) Right Katbran, not surprising SofC pearls weren't easily recognized 12+ years ago. When identified them as being from Sea of Cortez, the appraiser immediately said, "ah, pteria sterna, I should have used uv light to id" So here's a couple of photos. One strand is darker, 22 in and the other, 30 in, more of a taupe-gray. They clearly aren't gem quality; most are in the 7=9mm range, with subtle overtones. I treasure them!! They are not this blue, sorry, very gray days~

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    Those are amazing, Pattye.

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    Amazing pearls, Pattye.

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    Pattye, if those were the pearls you were wearing last Ruckus, I thought they were blue akoyas until you said they were SOC. Either way, they are GORGEOUS.

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    Yes, BWeaves, the same pearls! And thank you, everyone, for your kind words! I'm wearing them in my avatar photo, too, with a special "white" Kamoka pendant.
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    For those who haven't seen how Pteria Sterna fluoresce, they glow bright pink under uv black light. The other pearls in the photo are Tahitians and freshwater.

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    Those are really beautiful Pattye and very special !!!

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    oh wow, that UV fluorescence is magical! it's like the pearls have secret powers!
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    I adore this strand! I have an 18 of the same size coming from PP, should be here on Wednesday!

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    Gorgeous, Pattye! I'm waiting with baited breath to see what the new harvest brings and already have an item on my wish list!
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