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  • #16
    Yes, klonks are rare. They are not nucleated and have to live in mussels for years to get that big. Then most of them aren't very round by the time they get that size. I really high quality klonk goes for beaucoup bucks- maybe similar to Tahitians- though I am not positive about that.
    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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    • #17
      Those are just FAB!!!

      Pattye
      so many pearls, so little time

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      • #18
        Wow, really big and pretty colors, too. Nice!

        Perle

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        • #19
          Wow those are huge! Nice colors too

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Nerida View Post
            Hi - I think your klonks are pretty cool. They made me whip mine off from around my neck - mine look very similar, bought in China, largest pearl 14.8, most around 13.5.... I love mine, and they have the most amazing orient for inexpensive pearls. Won't post photos, coz they truly look nearly identical. Did you buy yours from a local seller?? Do we ever talk prices on the forum?? Sorry if that's bad form, not sure of the rules... Thanks, and I hope you love wearing yours!
            Hi Nerida,
            I just bought it from a local seller (in Greenhills, actually!). I think you can discuss price in the forum, I just don't usually do because I'm at advantaged location and prices in South East Asia are different. Caitlin was able to buy her black FW klonks at US$10, though. Sometimes, it's cheaper if I buy locally than in HK, although the FW pearls here actually comes from HK or China. It's not like I'm buying a hank, anyway! I think it's because the local sellers have been in the pearl business since I could remember and they buy in one big bulk and split the loot among themselves!

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            • #21
              Thanks, everyone! I like the klonk a lot and wearing it for one day makes people stare!

              Caitlin, they do cost a bit more (or the same) than the small tahitians and south seas (8mm-11mm). However, the quality of klonks are improving! A year ago, the klonks have bullet-shaped pearls and are dull. Now, they start to become round and shiny! I even saw very shiny perfect rounds of 13mm-14mm. But maybe they're available at the Tucson Show as well.

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              • #22
                Yes, klonks are rare. They are not nucleated and have to live in mussels for years to get that big. Then most of them aren't very round by the time they get that size. I really high quality klonk goes for beaucoup bucks- maybe similar to Tahitians- though I am not positive about that.
                Hi All, Caitlin do you mean top quality klonks are rare and expensive and some even similar in price to Tahitians?? It is so hard to buy from China due to so many dishonest practices on eBay from China. I know buying from China via eBay is not a good idea but in Australia it is very hard to find any reasonably priced FW pearls and even harder for konks. Never even seen any in jewellery shops, except imitiation shell pearls. Saw an imitation SS very baroque necklace for around $300. WOW high price and they had another gross vivid multi-coloured strand for the same price. That was horrid. Others at least looked good.

                I was going thru my Klonks earlier and spotted some that were obviously nucleated and will recheck but I am sure they were. I will take a hammer to one of the worst ones to make sure. I can understand paying high prices for non nucleated FW klonks but not nucleated when one mussel grows many, many at a time.

                Bodecia

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                • #23
                  Hi Caitlin and Bodecia and all,

                  Not certain I understood correctly, but--I think with bead nucleation in freshwater pearls, they cannot put in nearly as many as they can when using tissue only in the mantle. Plus they are putting the bead + tissue in a different place in the mussel. So I suspect the prices will stay pretty high for the top quality bead-nuked freshwater. Maybe one of our freshwater experts will chime in here with accurate details.

                  Pattye
                  so many pearls, so little time

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                  • #24
                    I got my $10 klonk 3 years ago. It has a nice luster, but the dye cracked the skins on most of them.

                    United States Pearl had a huge selection of really pretty klonks at the Gem show. Very round High luster, some blemishs but not bad. I wish I'd asked the prices!!!!
                    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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                    • #25
                      Resurrecting this thread. Whatever happened to the klonks? Anyone still buying klonks these days and how's the availability?

                      Before the Edisons, there were tissue-nucleated FWPs that are sold 12mm and above which we called klonks in the forum. Because it takes a lot of time to grow these pearls and the luster is compromised the more you grow them, production is costly. However, there was a time they were affordable because of the preference for SSPs as bigger pearls but their prices sky-rocketed because of the limited availability of fine ones and the sudden huge demand for it.

                      The not-so-nice ones are dyed and sold cheap - I read the thread again and it's crazy Caitlin got USD10 for a strand at a gem show even though each pearl probably took at least 5-6 years to make!

                      I've got a few from before but I've seen the supply dwindle and the pearls smaller. Has anyone made a recent klonk purchase? Just curious. If not, when was your last klonk purchase or has anyone seen them lately in the market?

                      Here is my last klonk purchase I think 5 years ago...a choker necklace of 12.5mm-15.1mm...Click image for larger version

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                      ______Perlas
                      o-o-o E Unio Plurum o-o-o

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                      • #26
                        Id be interested in non-bead klonks if they are out there. I've not seen any on the web... Yours are very pretty, Perlas!
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                        • #27
                          Saw on etsy (WenPearls), 12-15mm USD$400.

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                          • #28
                            GreenBling, that price isn't bad for the size.

                            Andrea, it's nice to have one for collection.
                            ______Perlas
                            o-o-o E Unio Plurum o-o-o

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                            • #29
                              I was curious so I messaged WenPearls - those Klonks are edison type bead nucleated ones...
                              So does that make the klonks less desirable here?

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                              • #30
                                Purranha Edisons are desirable in their own right! That's why the tissue-uncleared large ones are dwindling. They can be larger, faster to produce and easier to achieve roundness and luster than large tissue-nucleated ones.
                                ______Perlas
                                o-o-o E Unio Plurum o-o-o

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