The pearls I've seen which are idenitifed as actual Biwas are more of a nugget shape and not long. I've looked through Strack many times looking for a definitive photo but have found nothing. Caitlin, have you been able to find any in Strack?
I have a girlfriend who was given pair of pearl earrings many years ago. When we discussed them and she told me the shape and age, I thought they more than likely are real Biwas, not the fakes around today. I saw them and they exhibit a great orient. We were discussing this just last week as a matter of fact. I asked if I could get photos to post and she said yes, but I have to figure out how to do that. I'll make it priority to get that done.
Pretty Panda pic by nlerner on her U.S. excursion last year, San Diego Zoo.[/SIZE][/SIZE]