This is my first post in this forum, as the only pearls I own are the ones I'm inquiring about. I'm going to attempt to post some pictures of them along with this post, though I just tried to do that and your system logged me out and I lost everything I had written! So here goes again. If I'm not posting this in the right part of the Forum, I hope that someone will move it for me.
I inherited these pearls when my mother died in 1982. The story she told me is that her grandfather, who was a Naval Captain, collected them for her during his trips to the Orient(?), natural pearl by natural pearl, usually in pairs. When he had enough of them, he had them made into a finished necklace which he presented to her at her college graduation, in 1934 or '35. They became one of her most beloved possessions and she wore them often until her death.
They are strung on a fine white gold or platinum chain, with a clasp of the same metal that has small diamonds set into it. The necklace is 18" long. The pearls have a wonderful lustre--sorry it doesn't show too well in the photos, but I can take more if the need arises.
Like so many of us, I am experiencing great financial stress these days and am considering selling these pearls for the first time. Since I know virtually nothing about their value, I am turning to you folks for an objective estimate of their value and perhaps some leads on the best way to sell them. I do not want to get ripped off, especially with a treasured family heirloom!
Thanks in advance for any help and leads that you can give me.