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    Pearl Journalist Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert GemGeek's Avatar
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    Still a red x. <sigh>
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    Received the pearl in post 9 today. Nothing doing. Under loupe, lots of tiny scratches on the back side indicating shaping if not outright carving, and the barely chatoyant top side has a very uneven, most likely abraded, surface.

    But that was merely an accompaniment to this outrageous 15-carat oval/drop. If 'Kima' should be reserved for flamed and symmetrical Tridacna pearls, this easily qualifies.
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    Glad I can see the pictures! This one's a beauty!
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    Yes, I can see it and it's terrific!
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    A kima lot originally collected for the production of a necklace, project subsequently abandoned, has served to provide more than a few pearls with which to try my hand at design. The lot, entirely symmetrical, includes rounds, drops, ovals, tall buttons and buttons. Taken together with a few other small lots on hand there is more than enough to have some fun.

    Weekend recreation found me working exclusively with the buttons, for a one-sided station piece (left below). Thinking about a little color (in addition to stones and precious metal), I threw in the abalone. I like the organic richness it would add in contrast to the formal white of the kima.

    The two kima upper left are misplaced, as they are similar in measurement and should be opposing rather than adjacent. These two buttons are shown close-up on the right (13x11.2mm and 13x10.5mm), each with flame/halo, in varying intensity.

    My doubt is just how close two kima need to be to be regarded as a pair. I suppose it might be years finding out. Should 'pair' be the verdict, would it be best on its own as studs or cufflinks vs. the larger composition?
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    Red X. Bummer!
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    Saved the file in a different graphics program, see if it helps. Also, will take advantage of this post to add that the two 'matching' pearls are from totally different sources and pearl lots.
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    Red X's again for me too.

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    Using firefox, able to see all the photos ok. Steve, what a fun project! Will need to sleep on it before commenting, tho-----Definitely like the abalone as contrast, but the wine colored background is a bit distracting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattye View Post
    Using firefox, able to see all the photos ok. Steve, what a fun project! Will need to sleep on it before commenting, tho-----Definitely like the abalone as contrast, but the wine colored background is a bit distracting.
    Wouldn't it be great to solve this image mystery (re background, the man of the house is typically the last one to know where all the towels are, chose the first one I saw?propose to re-shoot with color of preference.)
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    Jeremy told me years ago to use Firefox as it was safer. It is a great browser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smetzler View Post
    Wouldn't it be great to solve this image mystery (re background, the man of the house is typically the last one to know where all the towels are, chose the first one I saw?propose to re-shoot with color of preference.)
    Your pictures are JPEG, which is fine, but they are saved under the CMYK mode instead of RGB color. That is why they do not show on Internet Explorer.

    When saving the picture, make sure they're RGB. Using Photoshop, this can be done in the main menu Image > Mode > RGB Color.

    I was dragged back to the forum by a comment by Patricia on Jewelmer's facebook page. Excellent thread, and I like the new name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by effisk View Post
    Your pictures are JPEG, which is fine, but they are saved under the CMYK mode instead of RGB color. That is why they do not show on Internet Explorer.

    When saving the picture, make sure they're RGB. Using Photoshop, this can be done in the main menu Image > Mode > RGB Color.

    I was dragged back to the forum by a comment by Patricia on Jewelmer's facebook page. Excellent thread, and I like the new name.
    Thanks, image in post 35 is reposted, await results?

    Welcome back, you've missed a lot of fun but can claim considerable responsibility for the hole in my pocketbook 'In Search of Nautilus.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by smetzler View Post
    Thanks, image in post 35 is reposted, await results?
    Looking good on internet explorer.

    Quote Originally Posted by smetzler View Post
    Welcome back, you've missed a lot of fun but can claim considerable responsibility for the hole in my pocketbook 'In Search of Nautilus.'


    I will try to do some catching up in the coming weeks.

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    All of your images have been showing up fine in Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.

    I love the layout- station-styles have always been one of my very favorites due to their versatility and casual elegance. I don't think this piece can be construed as casual though It's exotic pearl jewelry at it's finest- I'm in love

    Mmm- all I can think about are large, thick chunky oval links with a few encrusted with diamond melee here and there throughout... are you going to have the abalone "wrapped"? I guess the more proper term for it would be bezel-set
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