Hello! It's been ages since I last posted here, but I thought I might pop in to post about my latest acquisitions!
The first piece is what I believe to be a natural river pearl:
An elderly friend of the family recently passed away, and I was asked if I wanted anything from her jewelry box. She mainly owned tasteful costume pieces, but in the mix was what appeared to be a natural river pearl, set in a dainty nouveau-style stick pin (the metal is unmarked). The pearl passes the tooth test, and has the wrinkly, rainbow look to it that I'd seen in Mississippi river pearls on various antique jewelry sites. Let me know your thoughts about my assessment!
The second is a delicate strand of graduated akoyas that I found at a sprawling Milwaukee antique-mall for $10. I think the store clerk was weirded out when I started "biting" the wares
They are small--4mm to ~6.5mm-- but really charming, with a nice glow. Decent surfaces, and none of them are "blinking". I was so delighted with the find! I wear them often.
Thanks for looking! I've had a fun afternoon, poking around the board and seeing what everyone is up to in the land of Pearls!