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    I was not sure how I felt about faceted pearl strands after many years of seeing so many poor specimens in dyed freshwater pearls. Lately I have been seeing so many created designs using tahitian pearls, typically as a one off. Then I stumbled across this pic of a strand and now I am back on board:

    Faceted Tahitian Pearls at Marcharit.com

    This is one of my favorite Faceted pearl rings by Mark Schneider

    Do you have a faceted Tahitian?
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    I don't own any faceted Tahitians, but I'm still regretting "the one that got away", an incredible 16+mm faceted drop I saw when I was in Hong Kong a couple years ago. Alas, they didn't want to sell only one, and I didn't "need" to buy the whole lot, even if it had been within my budget. That ring is TDF...

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    These pearls are marvellous. The ones you show are worked by Komatsu, I think, with these square facets. Viktor Tuzlukov makes nice patterns also, but with triangular facets, I don't like them so much than Komatsu's. Other tahitian pearls can be found faceted, but hand-carved: that gives not so fascinating shapes and light effects. For the rest, Komatsu pearls are not for any wallets: 500 dollars one for 10 or 11mm diameter (I have forgotten the right), that only sold per ten, at the last Hong Kong show

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    BPDDC, I felt the same way and so I don't own any faceted pearls either. But these pieces are stunning. I may need to take a trip into DC and see the piece in the Smithsonian. Thanks for sharing!

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    I'm fascinated by these. So are they actually polished to create the facets?
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    we used to make quite some pearl locks with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battah View Post
    I'm fascinated by these. So are they actually polished to create the facets?
    They are exactly cut like gems by lapidaries.

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    Daniel - that is a spectacular use of those faceted pearls !! What a beautiful clasp !!!

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    I like the pearl locks even as a focal, or using them mixed with colored gemstones would be a cool idea, sort of flipping the script using smooth gemstone bead spacers with faceted pearls.

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    Funny you mention drops. I spent a good part of the morning looking for really nice images of faceted drops.. I was sketching a design of Amethyst and Tahitian pearls and looking for some images as inspiration. Sometimes I will crop and image of a pearl into a sketch to see how it works. A 16m+ I am really sorry you can't share a picture of that!

    Re the ring, a friend just told me she would be worried about knocking it around and thus hyper aware of wearing the ring not sure how much she would enjoy being worried. Sometimes you just have to admire a ring no matter how impractical the wearing might be LOL, Remember my big claw ring on FB? It gets caught on everything, and always snagging my shirts... but it is uber edgy.

    Quote Originally Posted by la_corsetiere View Post
    I don't own any faceted Tahitians, but I'm still regretting "the one that got away", an incredible 16+mm faceted drop I saw when I was in Hong Kong a couple years ago. Alas, they didn't want to sell only one, and I didn't "need" to buy the whole lot, even if it had been within my budget. That ring is TDF...

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    I'm undecided about faceted pearls. Yes they're pretty but oh why waste the nacre?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pareltje View Post
    I'm undecided about faceted pearls. Yes they're pretty but oh why waste the nacre?
    Pareltje, it's a question of personal feeling. Pearls can be appreciated as they are in natural appearence, or worked, it's not one against the other.
    Please, look the diamonds: to cut one loose often the third of the rough stone weight, and a rough diamond is so a nice thing itself. Last fashion rediscovers that, and many modern jewels show rough gems. It can be the reverse for pearls, but the most important is that anyone would be able to have its one taste.

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    A faceted SoC erotochromatic mabe is on my wishlist...
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    Wasting nacre is a matter of opinion I suppose. I was undecided for a long time too, but mostly because faceting on poor quality pearls is yuck and turned me off to the idea. Gem quality crystaline stones are of course carved all the time to a beautiful result and to the credit of the lapidary. To my mind the lapidary/artist simply goes where creativity takes them...whatever the material. I'll also admit 16+mm is a huge temptation !
    Quote Originally Posted by Pareltje View Post
    I'm undecided about faceted pearls. Yes they're pretty but oh why waste the nacre?

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    Suddenly Stephen Webster comes to mind...lol

    Quote Originally Posted by MSC View Post
    A faceted SoC erotochromatic mabe is on my wishlist...

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