Dawn, just like the pink pearl stickpin I bought (which I have since LOST - I think it got caught on my poncho.... dammit!!!!) I suspected mine was a natural pearl because of a few additional factors - stickpins are NOT popular anymore and so it would probably be older (they were last in style in the 1980's and we can certainly tell if it's THAT old at least just by looking at it). The fact that the setting is obviously made to fit the pearl itself and that the pearl was not added to the setting. Thirdly, why would somone go to all the bother/trouble/expense to do all that for a simple, cheap, freshwater pearl? Makes no sense, right?....... so yeah, even for those reasons alone I'd think abalone too (just like I thought my pink pearl was probably natural rather than freshwater too). Wish I'd taken photos of it before I lost it! The back was very well done..... had a nice little detail on it......
- Jodie -
"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
- Lucy Maude Montgomery -