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  • American Freshwater River Pearl

    A couple weeks ago i came across a tv shopping network showcasing Pearl jewelry. I was hesitant to watch, let alone buy, but after all it was all about pearls! This 14k yg ring was intriguing because it's an American freshwater pearl, farmed in Tennessee. The farm has since closed due to fertilizers, debris and pesticides run off from nearby farms. It was founded in 1963 and the first marketable pearls were not ready until 1985. The owner stored a selected few in a vault that were released recently by the owner's decendants. So I bought one - I figured I could return if I didn't like it. The pearl is 14.5mm and looks somewhat like a soufflé pearl, but it's bead nucleated.

    I'm not sure if I'll keep it - it has nice luster with pink/blue overtones, and makes a statement. I welcome all thoughts and any information on this type of pearl!!!
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    Very pretty, it reminds me of a souffle pearl as well. I like the ring setting that they chose, it pairs really well.

    There are a couple of companies out in TN that still produce cultured river pearls:

    http://www.americanpearlcompany.com/
    http://www.tennesseeriverpearls.com/

    I visited the top one a few years back; they have a nice little museum!
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    • #3
      Wow, thanks MSC! I don't know much about American freshwater pearls - Interesting websites!

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      • #4
        Happy to share, lmgarden! If you search for Mississippi River pearl you'll come up with even more information, mostly on natural river pearls.
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        • #5
          Thanks for the info, MSC! Still not certain I'll keep it, I'll live with it for a while. Hmmm, now my attention is turning towards natural river pearls!!

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          • #6
            I really love that!
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            West Pearls on Etsy

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            • #7
              Thank you, crickett! Still debating whether I'll keep it or not...

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              • #8
                I hate to ask this, but was it particularly expensive? I am only asking because I have some Chinese pearls that look very much like that, so I wouldn't be paying a premium.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for the info, Lady_Disdain. No, it isn't very expensive - I think the small diamonds and 14k gold are a good part of the cost. Usually when I take time to think about a purchase, I usually send it back. I was mostly intrigued that it's an American river pearl, but thanks to MSC, I'm now more intrigued about NATURAL river pearls!

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                  • #10
                    There's quite a lot listed on ebay!
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                    • #11
                      Great ring!

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, MSC! Now I'm thinking natural river pearls... my gosh it never ends...

                        Thank you GemGeek!

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                        • #13
                          You're welcome!

                          I started collecting pearls bc I fell in love with natural river pearls, what a slippery slope it's been! This was my very first thread on PG, and I'm posting it here because I put up a lot of photos of antique jewelry that feature Mississippi river pearls (scattered throughout the thread): River Pearl Photos In This Thread
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                          • #14
                            I adore that River Pearls thread...you have some gorgeous pieces MSC!
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                            • #15
                              Thank you, Jersey!
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