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  • Where can I buy Mabe Pearls?

    Hi,
    I am looking for two half, oval, circa 16mm x 26mm, grey mabe pearls.
    Does anybody know a address who would sell and ship to Germany?
    Thanks
    Carlo

    THANKS EVERYBODY - Good Information! I found what I was looking for - the setting will now look like this:
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    Mabe Pearls

    Hi Carlo,

    I have bought 1 fine Mabe from Pearl Oasis, but in my case it was a pendant, not only the pearl.

    I recommend to ask one of our vendors on this forum, i.e.

    The Pearl Outlet
    Pearl Paradise
    Pearls by Angela Carol
    Pure Pearl

    to just mention some. Look through the forum and You will find even more vendors.

    Good luck and let us know how things go...

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    • #3
      Hi Carlo,

      You may also find them here:
      http://www.stachurawholesalegemstones.com/view/230/

      best,
      nora

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      • #4
        Hi Carlo

        From the dimensions you want and the color description, I am wondering if you actually mean osmena pearls. Many people sell osmena pearls as "mabe"

        here is a picture of some osmena pearls
        Here is a link for a pair of earrings for $24.95. These are both examples of osmena though they are called mabe.
        Attached Files
        Caitlin

        How to hand-knot pearls without a tool

        My avatar is a Sea of Cortez mabe pearl. One of a pair of Mexican handmade earrings.

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        • #5
          pearl earrings

          hi Carlo,

          I may suggest you can check our site.

          good luck!
          Last edited by Admin; 07-20-2007, 08:06 AM.
          Carmina Lau

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          • #6
            Hi Carmina
            I see your post was already edited, but I found it to be a crass commercial try. You didn't even give the webpage where your mabe pearls are listed and when I went to look at your pages, I couldn't find one, only cheap junky dyed stuff
            I can see why you said "Good LucK"- you meant it as sarcasm!
            If you want to post here you need to do more than just advertise!
            Caitlin

            How to hand-knot pearls without a tool

            My avatar is a Sea of Cortez mabe pearl. One of a pair of Mexican handmade earrings.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Carlo
              Hi,
              I am looking for two half, oval, circa 16mm x 26mm, grey mabe pearls.
              ...the setting will now look like this:

              Any chance you could post the results when done ? Pictures are great!

              The pendant in the picture attached is one of those 'osmena' things. It would be great to see how a similar setting might look with mabe pearls - it is a nice concept, I think.

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              • #8
                Hi Carlo,

                Just gorgeous! Thanks for a great photo!! Looks like you found excellent quality. Mine are set in sterling, IMO being Osmena-Nautilus shell is just fine, it has a great beauty and color.

                Pattye
                so many pearls, so little time

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                • #9
                  You found yourself an osmena pearl. I absolutely adore osmena pearls, which are actually carved chunks from the chambered nautilus shell. On eBay, they often sell as mabe pearls--go figure.
                  Caitlin

                  How to hand-knot pearls without a tool

                  My avatar is a Sea of Cortez mabe pearl. One of a pair of Mexican handmade earrings.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Caitlin Williams
                    I absolutely adore osmena pearls, which are actually ....
                    Yeah! Funny that, when I first saw a pair - a lone set of earrings in a dusty antique shop in London, they were labeled "Nautilus Pearls". The huge mabes were running a bit against my fashion commitment to tiny stud earrings so they didn't come home to me despite low price... but then, there was no information anywhere about 'pearls' produced by the Nautilus and they'd be a biological imposibility, right... so I was left with this itch for some mysterious, fantastic gray pearls produced by a mysterious creature!

                    Can't say I was terribly focused reseraching this (not much dealing with the WWW at the time, let alone forums... if you can imagine) but it dod take a while until finally the truth turned up. And light gray is still a favorite color in the real pearls that have it nonetheless.

                    Oh well...

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                    • #11
                      Nautilus or Osme?a Pearl...regardless of how you call them are not true Mabe pearls. They are a very nice product, comes from a beautiful marine creature and they are naturally colored (never seen a dyed one).

                      Actually, I think people should learn to appreciate things for what they truly are. The other so-called "mabe" (imitation mabe) made from Turbo snail shells are also very nice (altough I don't like the artificial pink and blue they use) and affordable, but they are part of the shell of a snail and not true Mabe.

                      So, for true Mabe you have several options:
                      Chinese/Japanese/Phillipino Mabe Pearls - from Pteria penguin
                      Aussie Mabe - Pinctada maxima
                      Black Mabe - Pinctada margaritifera
                      Rainbow Mabe (Mexico) - Pteria sterna
                      Abalone Mabe (US, Korea, New Zealand, others) - Haliotis spp.

                      You have several options for Mabe (Jerin mentioned some commercial sources), but -as you have discovered- there are also other beautiful options such as the Osme?a and Turbo shell.

                      On this photo you will see:
                      Upper-Left: One Faux (imitation-plastic) Mabe in a setting
                      Upper-Right: Tahitian
                      Lower-Left: Aussie
                      Lower-Right: Mexican Rainbow Mabe.

                      Shape & size will vary of course...and color as well (on Mexican Pearls mostly).

                      Happy Mabe Hunting!
                      Attached Files

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                      • #12
                        TEE-HEE,

                        an easy choice even without my glasses on--lower right !!! And they are not at all out of reach pricewise, it's just hard finding a source! Sometimes DruzyDesign has them available online (ebay). Have a few from there already. Can't wait to shop in Sea of Cortez store next Feb!!

                        Pattye
                        so many pearls, so little time

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                        • #13
                          A sea of cortez store? I can't wait either! Oh you mean in Mexico don't you. I got all happy for a happy there.

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                          • #14
                            Osmena vs. Mabe Pearl

                            Hi Valeria,
                            I needed the pearl for replacement. My wife is a goldsmith and made the pendant 3 years ago and the old pearl got damaged. It seems that it is a osmena pearl and not a mabe as I thought, but in Germany we mostly call them mabe pearls. I bought now a pair, but I am afraid that it will not have the same height as in the original. I am thankful to Caitlin Williams, she gave me a good hint and I shopped it via her link. If it should not fit, we have the chance to use the other second half of the pearl, which my wife still owns - in her own pendant - but she does not want to disassemble the piece, which I can understand.
                            Anyway - I am pretty astonished how open, creative, helpful and critical this forum is. A BIG thank you and all the best.
                            Yours Carlo


                            Originally posted by Valeria101
                            Any chance you could post the results when done ? Pictures are great!

                            The pendant in the picture attached is one of those 'osmena' things. It would be great to see how a similar setting might look with mabe pearls - it is a nice concept, I think.

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                            • #15
                              Colourful Mabe Cultured

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                              As part of our travels we have a collection
                              of Cultured Abalone - we wish to now share.
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                              Ringcraft Moana
                              Jewellery Design Studio
                              www.nzpearl.co.nz

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