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    smetzler is offline Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
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    Loloperle

    You have found some beautiful pearls. The range and intensity of colors indicates a fresh source in contrast to the rather exhausted harvest on Penryhn (Tongareva).

    In my opening post on this thread, my first at Pearl-Guide, I offered that the small size of these pearls might understandably result in under-appreciation. By now, that issue has undoubtedly been laid to rest.
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    They are truly beautiful, the colours look amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smetzler View Post
    Loloperle

    You have found some beautiful pearls. The range and intensity of colors indicates a fresh source in contrast to the rather exhausted harvest on Penryhn (Tongareva).

    In my opening post on this thread, my first at Pearl-Guide, I offered that the small size of these pearls might understandably result in under-appreciation. By now, that issue has undoubtedly been laid to rest.
    HiI'm sorry I do not speak English very well, but I try to show the Poe Pipi at best, yes they are really beautiful, very difficult to find in French Polynesia and it requires a lot of traveling and working to obtain especially those of larger sizes.
    It is a pleasure to show on the pearl guide today saw their rarity and beauty
    cordially

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    Thank you Amrita

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    Thank you for showing more photos of these rare and beautiful pearls.
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    Poe pipi apparently possess unusually strong attractive powers. No sooner did Loloperle's very nice gems come to the attention of Cook Islands pearlers than we have their response in this perfect 8.8mm GIANT pipi drop acquired just this morning. It is a stunning pearl, described as 'clean' on all surfaces.

    The pearl is just being admired at the moment, its destiny to be determined.
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    Wow. They do not come more gold than that!!!

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    Wow Steve, wow.
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    Wow! THAT is truly 24 karat gold color! What a beauty!!
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    Amazing Steve! That must be one of the finest and largest ever photographed.

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    Just how does nature do it? The intensity of that colour?!? It's insane.

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    loloperle,

    These are the most glorious pearls I can remember seeing. What wouldn't I give to own even one. More would be better though Just love them. You are very lucky. I realise you have worked hard to get them all but still so lucky.

    Steve, glorious.


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    Thought to remind everyone just how small P. maculata is. The brightest and most golden shell in the sea happens to be among the smallest, if not the smallest.

    But there are clearly localized populations, sub-speciated on remote atolls (such as Penrhyn in the Cook Islands and the much smaller Ahunui in the Tuamotos…right, loloperle?) where it becomes a viable pearl producer.

    Latest DNA shows Pinctada maculata to be the direct ancestor of three very noble Pinctada species: P. fucata/martensii (akoya), P. radiata (Persian Gulf) and P. imbricata (Ceylon), all belonging to the family of smallish pearl oysters with toothed hinges. I guess we now know where the 'orient' in 'oriental pearls' really originates!
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