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  • #31
    Thanks SunSeeker.

    Another reason to be aware of volume is that the larger the pearls in a necklace or bracelet, the snugger they will fit around the neck or wrist.

    An 18" strand of 8mm pearls will fit looser than an 18" strand of 10mm pearls.

    A 7" bracelet that fits comfortably when the pearls are 9-10mm may be uncomfortably snug when the pearls are 10-11mm. It may be well to get the bracelet made a tad longer, depending on your own wrist.

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    • #32
      One mm seems small & insignificant difference until I compared 9.1mm gold studs against 10.1 mm tahitian studs.

      I like 8 to 8.5mm for daily & anything over 10 mm for me would be huge

      8.3mm white to 9.2mm gold
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      • #33
        I am also taken with you math skills. Congrats . The information is of interest

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        • #34
          I am not much on the science of pearls. I am a buyer/seller and have been for 49 years. How the size looks on the neck is the measure
          of 7-8mm. When a person is viewing from 4-5 feet away 1mm is difficult or impossible to discern. 2mm is different. My dad always said if they are looking at reading distance from the neck the size difference is not on their mind.
          PD
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          • #35
            You are right larger bead bracelets need to consider the inside circle length. Usually 12mm (1/2 "') longer.
            pearlman@mlange.org

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            • #36
              I don't know, pearl-man. I feel like my 7-8mm strand just looks too small on me, but I don't feel that way about my 8-9mm strand.

              Perhaps the 1mm difference is just critical at the point that the strand begins to feel too small.

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              • #37
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                • #38
                  Is it ever, JerseyPearl!

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                  • #39
                    I know the solution: to change glasses! It can be not so expensive than one mm diameter more
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                    • #40
                      Now I understand why we won the space race. In my 45-50 years of seling pearls I never would have given that a thought. Not useful in the selling situation but an amazing explanation. Certainly partially explains why natural pearls have .6mm hole to cultured whish is usually .8mm to 1.0m. Selling by weight. Not Volume but related. SUPER !!!!!
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                      • #41
                        I've imported and resold pearls since 1965. I was never much interested in the growing details beyond what my jeweler customers could easily understand in a sales presentation. I've had this question a few times and if I had the insight to present this information, if I had it, it would have made my, explanation much better assuming they knew about the volume of a sphere.
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                        • #42
                          This is fantastic and useful information! Wish I had it in my "radar" the last time I gave a pearl sales education course. Thank you very much for sharing
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