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    Default Candled Natural Pearls

    I've been candling and photographing several natural pearls lately and selected a few that you might find interesting.

    It's an excellent alternative to the otherwise expensive process of X-ray from the labs.
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    Very, very cool!
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    Absolutely cool, all right!

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    what amazing pictures - all the pearls bar one, look like they could still be floating in the ocean - like those stange creatures you sometimes see photos of near the bottom - there's just something 'marine' about them

    thanks for posting them Dave
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    This is very hard to photograph. Hmmm... Gonna search for more suggestions to achieve such nice results.

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    It's easy. I used a grey plastic jewelry box, about 1.5 inches square. I drilled a small hole in the bottom and a notch in the side. The hole can be any size smaller than the pearls to be examined. (I made a few of different sizes) Then I soldered an inexpensive LED to the wires of a used 12 volt adapter and place it under the inverted box, the notch allows it to lay flat over the wire.

    Then you can use the camera's macro setting or a low power USB microscope to photograph your pearls.

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    Another turn-on. Like little universes unto themselves - endlessly fascinating.
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    Hi Dave,

    Great info. Thanks for posting this.

    What type of lighting, camera, etc. do you use to candle these pearls?
    I tried to do this using a normal torch.. err... flashlight to you Americans. Would that suffice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by katbadness View Post
    What type of lighting, camera, etc. do you use to candle these pearls?
    A 12 volt automotive (interior) LED worth about a dollar and a 5 megapixel USB telescope at 200x with the internal lighting turned off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katbadness View Post
    I tried to do this using a normal torch.. err... flashlight to you Americans. Would that suffice?
    I expanded on the idea from Steve (smetzler) who used a flashlight to candle his pearls. I like the LED box, because it sets nicely on a table or countertop, leaving hands free to set critical focus and run the computer.

    And I'm Canadian

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    Yes you are!
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    Fascinating

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    Re: Canadian... Oh right.. sorry... hahaha...

    Re: setup for candling...
    I picked up a few bluish SSP at the Indonesian Pearl Festival the other day (umm, I am still holding out on pics on you guys).. I was told by one vendor that the blue color is a result of "impurities" in the water that is filtered through by the oysters during the cultivation period. Not being a scientist, I don't even know if this explanation even makes sense. Could this be true?

    Curious, I put a torch (flashlight.. heheheh) against all my blue-casted pearls and found that indeed they all have spots/marks throughout the nacre. One green keshi I picked up had the yellow colored nacre with this spots/marks throughout, which I assume is why the keshi is green colored.

    I'm going to have to see if I can have a setup like yours and post pics.

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    Wow! Amazing pictures! Thanks for showing us.

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    Very cool pics and thanks for tips on how they were done.
    For those challenged by wiring up an LED, a goose neck book light may be an alternative, something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Multi-Flex-Cli.../dp/B002XHOCVQ

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