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  • #31
    Plus, he uses the shells that produce the pearls to nucleate.

    it's not good to swim in chlorinated pools with pearls. Or Argentium silver. I ruined (well, negatively affected the appearance of) a pair of earrings that way this past summer.

    I started with "go with 12mm+", but you know what? It's a question of heart and balance. The two pearls from druzy are outstanding and glow enough to have a BIG visual impression. The carved pearl, while bigger and very cool looking, is dull luster-wise. Whichever pearl feels like it'd hurt you to leave behind - that's your pearl, if you're only buying one.

    Have fun!
    Last edited by lisa c; 09-24-2013, 06:14 PM.

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    • #32
      Definitely check with Josh at Kamoka Pearls; he wears a pearl on leather all the time and can advise about wearing it in a pool. His Mana line is great!
      Last edited by pattye; 09-24-2013, 05:09 PM.
      Pattye


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      • #33
        Also regarding pools, chlorinated water is hard on white gold. For a while years ago I was treating patients at a therapeutic pool and it wrecked my prongs.

        Another thing to know is that PP and other vendors have more pearls on hand than they have up on their website at any given time. Jeremy has a vault full. So if you don't see what you want, ask.

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        • #34
          You're right, going direct to Galatea isn't the most economical option. They sent me their catalog and my god, the pearls are absolutely breathtaking. They are however $500-$900, so a bit out of my price range unfortunately.

          I'll give josh a yell and see what he has to say.

          I did notice the luster and wasn't sure if it was something to be concerned about, thanks for letting me know its not ideal. I'll keep searching.

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          • #35
            OK, I hope you keep us in the conversation!

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            • #36
              Oh my sweet Lord, I've fallen in love! PP TAHITIAN strand TAN000-1006.

              (PS found the New Thread Buttonso embarrassed. I Forgot, one has to go to appropriate forum first)
              Last edited by lisa c; 09-29-2013, 08:54 PM.

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              • #37
                lisa I can see why you love that strand. Will it be yours?

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                • #38
                  Hi Newberry, Noooooooo (stifled sob, sniff). They are So GORGEOUS!!!! and I want to, but need a computer...and I'm so nuts about pearls that I want to throw caution to the winds...and such a good price...sometimes I just hate having self-controL. Thanks for asking.

                  I think I need to go have a short pity-party and get over it, get a little equilibrium restored.
                  Last edited by lisa c; 09-28-2013, 03:09 AM.

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                  • #39
                    I may have missed this in the thread, but Sven at Agustus usually has some carved Tahitians and I'm pretty sure he'd drill it out for you. He's in Bali and very reputable. I've ordered from him lots of times and others here have as well. Just email him and tell him what you want.
                    https://www.instagram.com/pearlzaustralia/?hl=en
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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by lisa c View Post
                      Hi Newberry, Noooooooo (stifled sob, sniff). They are So GORGEOUS!!!! and I want to, but need a computer...and I'm so nuts about pearls that I want to throw caution to the winds...and such a good price...sometimes I just hate having self-controL. Thanks for asking.

                      I think I need to go have a short pity-party and get over it, get a little equilibrium restored.

                      Lisa, they are beautiful, but if it's any consolation I'm sure they look quite different from their glamor shots. This is what I tell myself, anyway, when I want pearls I can't afford
                      Sarah Blue

                      "She is mine own, and I as rich in having such a jewel as twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl, the water nectar, and the rocks pure gold." ~ William Shakespeare

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                      • #41
                        Thanks Sarah! I need to get back into the spirit of just enjoying what I see. Attitude adjustment!

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                        • #42
                          Sorry for the late reply, I've been on holidays and I took my phone into the ocean with me so no Internet for a few days.

                          I got in touch with Josh, looks like swimming with it on, even in pools should be fine. One of the mana necklaces in 12mm is out of my price range, the 10mm would be within it but that might be to small as mentioned before.

                          Would an 11.4 ish pearl look alright do you think?

                          I have also been looking at this pearl, I really like the colour on it. Is the luster better on this one?
                          http://www.etsy.com/listing/15993389...af_you_favitem

                          Thanks for the reference katbran, I had looked at his store, but his pearls looked slightly out of my price range and the colours aren't what I am looking at either on the ones closer to my price range.

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                          • #43
                            Hi Matt,

                            Peter's pearl is the 10 mm one. What I'll say for Josh's pearls (being the happy owner of a whole strand) is that they have a depth to the colour you don't always see. I have some cheaper baroques but they seem to be dipped in only a few layers of 'paint' in comparison. Plus you'd have the story and the personal contact - if that sort of thing is something you find attractive.

                            - Karin

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                            • #44
                              Matt_95 I think the 11.4mm would be fine, but if it were me I would save a bit longer and get the 12mm from Josh!

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                              • #45
                                I've found a weight for a fishing line that is a smidge over 10mm and I do really feel it is a lot smaller than I was thinking. I have a roman coin that I was using as a reference to the size I wanted, I thought it was around 10mm, I arrived back in Brisbane and measured it, it's 19mm. Don't think that will ever happen! I'll hunt around and see if I can find some larger weights.

                                What causes the depth in the colour?

                                I think this is going to end up being a gift to me, my mother and girlfriend have both said they want to get it for me when I find the one I want. Aperently I am difficult to buy for. If it does end up being a gift, the budget wouldn't be able to go very far above $150.

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