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    Natural Pearl Lover Senior Guide Member madsciencechik's Avatar
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    Default Wanted: Pipi Pearl Strand

    I have been trying like mad to get my hands on a strand of small sized, variously golden colored pipi pearls for a while now and have had no luck. I've tried Bergman and Sons but their stock of pipis has been depleted I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other source(s) that will more likely have old or new stock? I'm also looking for the little pipi shells, with and without pearls attached, preferably in shades of gold.
    I hope everyone's pearl hunting is going well!

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    There's that Frenchman, I think he's posted here, but I can't recall his name. However, on FB he is under "natural pearls perles fines." He has posted photos of a number of his beauties. You might be able to contact him via fb. He is actively sourcing pipi and selling them. Best of luck!

    I've seen Almudena and Steve Metzler's torsade and other pipis in person, and the pearls are magnificent.
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    Oh, yes, I've been in touch with him as well, but whether or not anything will come of it is questionable. I certainly hope so!

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    A worthy goal. Sarah from Kojima might be able to help.
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    You've likely checked with THEPEARLCOLLECTOR.COM? Not many choices when it comes to pipi~
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    Sure did, Pattye! He has a couple of strands of some kind of pearl, I've asked if they are pipis, so maybe that'll be a result. I hadn't thought of Sarah, thanks for that direction Blaire!
    On a side note: now that I live out west, I'm planning on going to the Tucson show in Feb (lol, I know, pretty early) - anyone else planning on attending?

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    Update: The Pearl Collector came through with enough undrilled pearls of the color range and size range that I was looking for an 18 inch strand AND was within my budget! I'm really excited to get the lot and now just need to find a pearl driller willing to handle these pearls for me Maybe Jeremy? The search continues for shells with blister pearls, but I'm hoping Laurent will come through with those!
    Here's the design I have in mind for some of the pearls I just purchased (thank you, Pearl Collector!):
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    What a great design. Please post pictures, lots of pictures.

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    I sure will once they come in! But here's one from the Pearl Collector:
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    OMG! How exciting, so happy for you!!!
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    Wow! Precious little golden darlings! Good for you.
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    Oh goodness be still my heart that is one outstanding necklace.

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    I would have asked for a quote from TPC on drilling because he has a lot of experience with drilling natural pearls. But maybe this would be a good time to investigate getting a pearl drill and trying it yourself. Knowing how intrepid you are...
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    I'd want these drilled by a pro, as they are precious and tiny. My drill doesn't have cups that small. Practice on inexpensive freshwaters first, if you decide on diy!
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    Oh I am definitely not DIYing it on these babies. TPC's assistant (?) tried to find a pearl driller for me, but came up empty handed. I know both Jeremy and Dave have experience with natural pearls, just from what I've read in older threads, but if anyone knows of any other people that have experience with drilling natural pearls I'd love to hear!

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