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  • collection of Upper Mississippi River basin natural pearls.

    As I traveled for sales beginning in 1965 I collected assorted natural pearls from jewelers between Burlington, Iowa and Brainerd, Minnesorta along the River.....Yes the blacks are natural Miss. R. basin pearls. None are reworked hinges. Note: in the 1920's this River was a major world source of natural pearls being sold in Europe. No doubt some were labeled from Near East.

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    pearlman@mlange.org

  • #2
    Norm, it's fascinating to see these lovely pearls; thank you for posting!
    Cathy

    CathyKeshi

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    • #3
      Thank you for posting your collection. They are lovely!

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      • #4
        Really gorgeous pendant on the bottom left. Reminds me of a labradorite drop pendant I have. Sweet collection!

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        • #5
          Oh, happy memories of building your amazing collection, Norm; it's a treat to see these! I keep the magazine you gave me with the article "Wisconsin Pearl Craze" in my desk and enjoyed rereading it just a few days ago.
          Pattye


          PatriciaSaabDesigns.etsy.com

          facebook.com/PatriciaSaabDesigns

          SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

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          • #6
            Wow, great collection.

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            • #7
              Wow, gorgeous. What a wonderful collection, and a wonderful provenance.

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              • #8
                I have always liked labradorite. I saw some fantastic bowls In Idar-Oberstein.
                thanks
                pearlman@mlange.org

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                • #9
                  Lovely pearls!

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                  • #10
                    You have a beautiful collection. How wonderful to have pearls that are so unique and rare.

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                    • #11
                      I have about 100 of mississippi teneessee pearls.
                      I have severalcut wings, probably used to make flower tie pin or pendant, these were very common in early XX, Tiffany made a crazy brooch, really love that design!
                      My biggest is about 3cm, and another is very heavy.
                      I would be interested in a trade for a round one!
                      https://www.facebook.com/TheArcadiaWorkshop/

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