The first natural pearls i ever got where tridacna, i found 6 between 5 and 25 ct in the house of a old indonesian woman who lived in Indonesia somewhere 100 years aggo when indonesia was still dutch kolonial and she took the pearls with here after she moved to holland. Here kids asked me to help getting all the antiques out of the house and if i wanted to have all the gemstones etc
When i first got my eyes on the Pearls i thought it where just old no more luster Pearls. (5 years jewellery school never seen others than culture :s) anyway i took them simply because the old woman had them stored in a verry nice box and al the amazing opals and emeralds she had where just laying around so this had to be something more special.
Now 5 years and a big collection of natural pearls later i was looking at the pearls because there was flame in them only they looked bad and i thought well they are free anyway so Lets try polish them with leather and diamond paste and after that on normal polishing wheel for jewelry now the one i did looks way better has a amazing flame and fine for jewelry
Long story now the question I still have 5 to do only im not quit sure if its oke to polish them and if its oke am i doing this the right way or are there better methods ?
Will make pictures of the flames somewhere soon when i have time they just look like any other kima flame tridacna Pearl