You have me hooked now. I've been reading all the books I can find on pearls. One thing I read said that early in the 20th century many, many little cultured pearl necklaces were given to young girls. Are these the ones I see on eBay with silver clasps and 5mm and less pearls? One thing I'd like to do is buy some to compare quality. Maybe cut some open to see what the books describe. Is there a way to do this without shattering the pearl? If these are very early - the 30's - would the nacre be thicker? Other than a cheap price, is there anything I should look for? What about buying these for replacement pearls for other jewelry or to re-string into one longer strand or as a hobby?
Thanks, this is so much fun.