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    Default PEARLS by Elisabeth Strack - How Do I Order It

    Hi All,

    Can anyone tell me the best way to go about ordering "Pearls" by Elisabeth Strack??

    Would love to get it and soon

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Bodecia

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    Here are two suggestions: Abebooks.com has a few available for sale on their website. Also, Rio Grande has it listed in their 2008 "Tools & Findings" catalogue, page 80, # 550-811. Their phone number is 800 545-6566; or try riogrande.com


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    Hi Gail
    Thanks for your resourcefulness!

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    you can get the book from tha CPAA just go to cpaa.org and email a request for the book they have them

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    I also got this book from Rio Grande. I had first inquired with GIA though and they were not carrying it. But, recently I actually received an email from Elisabeth telling me that GIA has decided to carry it again. I am guessing she saw my inquiry with the GIA. These are the details from GIA:

    0201056 Pearls…$115.00USD

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    That is great news!

    I hope a lot of people from here buy it! Lets us know when you do.
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    You have to go through the publisher:

    www.rdv-online.com

    I got mine last month, and thought I would finish it in about a month. Even though I am a keen student this book is going to take 6 months at least to finish! I paid $160 CDn for it (including postage) but it is the most exhaustive book I've ever seen on the subject of pearls.

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    Hi Bodecia,

    My contact at the "Pearls" publisher in Germany is Judith Wagner. Her email address is j.wagner@rdv-online.com. It takes several days to two weeks to receive a reply, but she's very nice and helpful. The book costs about 103.30 in euros, or approx $149.00 US if you include the cost of Air Mail shipping.

    I used my MasterCard to pay in advance, and the whole transaction went smoothly. I had the book in about two weeks after payment. Here's the publisher's name, address, and other contact info. When you order, it's best to specify that you wish the English-language version of the book.

    Contact information:

    Judith Wagner, Assistant Specialist, Books
    Ruhle-Diebener-Verlag und Agentur
    Postfach 70 04 50
    D-70574 Stuttgart
    +49(0)7141.8744-800 phone
    +49(0)7147.8744-819 fax
    rdv@rdv-online.com
    www.rdv-online.com
    j.wagner@rdv-online.com

    Hope this helps. It's an extremely good textbook, with everything you need to know about pearls and pearl science.

    Best wishes,
    Johanna

    Johanna Lolax, GIA Pearls Diplomate
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    Thanks Johanna
    The publisher is the best choice. Thanks for posting the info.

    Folks can also try the GIA which has been off-again, on-again and Rio Grande which had it in 2008.

    As Effisk says "Thou shalt read the book". For the price of a very good strand of CC freshwaters, it is worth it.
    Caitlin

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    I got frustrated trying to find a copy to buy (did not have the information in this thread when I was looking), so I requested a copy through my county library's interlibrary loan service. The book was here in a couple weeks. I have it for a month with renew options.

    Tashtego
    Lisa

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    Thanks Tashtego, very good idea
    Caitlin

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    Yes, inter-library loan is a great way to get the book. Glad my post may be helpful, too.

    Strack's detailed descriptions of mollusk biology underscore the importance of sustainable pearl farming. Mollusks' natural water-filtering abilities is beneficial to the environment, but waste build up from hundreds of them can choke a small pearl farming pond.

    How to harness their beneficial effect and still create a profitable farm...?


    Johanna Lolax, GIA Pearls Diplomate
    President and Founder
    www.tenderbeautypearls.com
    www.tenderbeautyfoundation.org

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    Hi Johanna,

    Yes, your post was very helpful, as were others in this thread. The library copy will get me started, but I still want to buy a copy. Thanks to you all, I know where to look now.
    Lisa

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    Its too bad that the publisher is doing such a poor job of marketing Elisabeth Strack's book. It truly is the best thing since Donkin,

    Donkin, R. A.., Beyond Price; Pearls and Pearl-Fishing: Origins to the Age of Discoveries. American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 1998, 1st edition.

    In fact Strack and Donkin together make up the most comprehensive treatment of any gemstone, a pretty comprehensive library on pearls in two volumes. Donkin is a bit better on history, but Strack is more up to date.

    The publisher is truly doing Ms. Strack a disservice.
    Richard W. Wise
    author: Secrets Of The Gem Trade. Just published, The French Blue: A novel of the 17th Century gem and pearl trade. http://www.thefrenchblue.com Visit my blog GemWise, http://www.rwwise.com/blog

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    I completely agree. The book is nearly impossible for people to find or purchase. I would add it to the top three I've read, including Donkin and Kunz & Stevenson.