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  • linda.wald
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    That is a WOW!

    To share my cortez naturals, that I got from Druzy Design. Yes, they are tiny! The wire wrapping was done by Iris, at Antiqua (10922 W Pico Blvd, right near PP!):
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  • Lilpearl
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    Wow just wow is right! That pearl is magnificent!!

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  • pearlescence
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    WOW
    Wow
    WOW

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  • AzFlyGirl
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    Oh my goodness Douglas !

    That is amazing and gorgeous pearl. The color and luster are spectacular. Truly a gem of the sea....or should I say... Sea of Cortez!

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  • CortezPearls
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    Wow! Traveling back in time to this old thread I started some years ago
    An excellent friend of mine sent me a couple of photos and video of a SPECTACULAR drop shaped pearl he just purchased from a diver.
    Not only is this pearl of a GORGEOUS shape (one of those very rare elongated drops), great luster and almost PERFECT in every way!
    It was obtained from a huge Mexican Black Lip Oyster (Pinctada mazatlanica) and the pearl weighs just 27 carats!!!! This is CRAZY!
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    They are all gorgeous. I am drooling. What a wonderful things pearls are. You are lucky just to have them for a while.

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  • BlackPearlDudeDC
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    It has been some time gone by, I hope Douglas has some new natural treasures to share soon.

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  • pattye
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    Welcome to the forum! Shells are as fascinating as the pearls themselves.

    Red pearls are my favorite also, though natural color red pearls are only in my dreams!

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  • Armador Perlero
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    The shell is a Veneridae, Periglypta multicostata

    [QUOTE=CortezPearls;70410]The "Chocolate Clam" (or "Almeja Chocolata") is Megapitaria squalida. Very different animal...my guess is actually more towards a species of Chione or even Chionopsis gnidia... but since I don't have my book I can't remember certain traits (number of "ribs" & hinge teeth...technicalities). But here is a bigger shell, maybe someone can help with the id.

    This shell is Periglypta multicostata, almeja reina or, in English, Many-rigged venus.

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  • GemGeek
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    Those pearls are a treat to behold! I especially like the caramel and white pearl. Definitely very nacreous black pearls. Mmmmm....

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  • CortezPearls
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    My pleasure Dave! I love sharing with you all...we're "Family"!!!

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  • Lagoon Island Pearls
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    Originally posted by CortezPearls View Post
    ... hope you like them!
    I certainly like them.

    You are right about the "very jet-black" part.

    The egg-like pearl has nice swirls of brown over white and great shape.

    Thanks for taking the time to show us.

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  • CortezPearls
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    New Pearls!!! Thsi morning I had a Pen Shell Fisherman here, with his treasure cove of natural black-pen-shell pearls from the "Callo Botij?n" or Atrina maura.

    We don't buy pearls but fishermen believe we do so they just bring the pearls in...we would not really promote or support a pearl fishery (not kosher) in the Gulf of California. Anyway, this small stash consisted of some very nacreous, solid, very jet-black pen shell pearls in sizes between 3 to 5 mm (and some very tiny ones, of course) and some calcitic and protein based ones as well... hope you like them!

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  • Caitlin
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    Who knew that?! I love these posts. They expand my pearl education far beyond anything I dreamed of when I first got here! Such a valuable record.....

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  • smetzler
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    Iron-clad proof that Google can only get you so far without setting feet on the ground!

    (Or fins in the water…)
    Last edited by smetzler; 08-31-2010, 10:26 PM.

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