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  • #91
    It is a wonderful necklace and clasp. It would probably not be that difficult to make a necklace like that and use another clasp and cultured pearls of course. Probably without the diamond though, some pretty vintage ring, brosch or pendant with a large single stone could be remade into a clasp I think.
    I am not going to try it, even though I have some pretty vintage clasps that would probably do...I would probably not be able to resist making it in lots of different colors. Come to think of it, could be fun.

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    • #92
      I am definitively not a "Diamond Person" but I can appreciate the rarity of such a large diamond...I think that -like CathyKeshi pointed out- the word "charming" does not agree wit it. Thanks for CLICLASP for resharing the clasp photo and comments. Clearly, anyone can see it is more than "charming" (impressive?)
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      • #93
        Hmm ... perhaps I'd call that diamond astonishing? Most of us have never seen such a diamond in person, and we are so lucky to have first hand reports of both pearl experts and Anna with ClicClasp; Thank You All! I never care for diamonds either, preferring pearls, colored gems, jade etc. until a few years ago when we went to the Jewels of the Romanovs, which was visiting Washington, D. C. That's when I realized I'd never seen DIAMONDS. The size of pigeon eggs, with colored gems to match ... and a lot of guys with Kalishnikov rifles. A week later, after the exhibition was loaded onto the tractor trailer trucks (TWO!), there was a dispute over ownership of the gems, an opposing faction blocked off the street and there was a standoff for a while ...
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        • CortezPearls
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          Oh wow! Royal Family Feud time with Kalashnikovs! And in the "heart of America"...growing up during the "Cold War" an image like this you are describing is the stuff of nightmares. Wow...really a story to tell! You and Walter have to retell the whole story to us next time we all gather!

      • #94
        The internet says it was 1997, Douglas. So many unsmiling, stern guards brandishing Kalashnikovs was disconcerting ... no one dared even breath on the glass LOL. But the gems, I've never seen anything like those gems.; rubies, sapphires, emeralds, diamonds in shoe clips, hair clips, things we'd make out of plastic today ... in matched sets for all the girls and ladies; no little elastic hair ties for those girls. Many were in designs representative of fruits, ie. Golden stems, duplicate sets in white gold, giant single ruby cherries swinging from the bottom, and a set in pink sapphires and ... the cherries were life size, single stones. Just one example. The disparity in wealth was shocking; the artistry stunning. The blocked off street event happened about 4 days after we were there, right after the exhibit was loaded on the trucks; I think the blockade of the street lasted most of a week before being quietly settled somehow without more mayhem, although it did make national news for a minute or 2.
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        • CortezPearls
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          Thank you for filling up those details @CathyKeshi
          I can only begin to imagine how the atmosphere felt...thick & tense.
          But I can also imagine the breathtaking items as you describe...cherry-sized rubies are not your ordinary rubies! Where people allowed to take photos of the items?

      • #95
        CathyKeshi you do tell a good story. In fact you always does. Maybe you should write a book or something. Seriously you are a great storyteller

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        • #96
          Douglas, I don't remember if we were allowed to take photos, I think not, but it could be we just didn't dare .... those Kalashnikovs. I do not think the photos would have come out because of the glass cases ... all rigged with alarms, and warnings of the alarms. There was an exhibit book, and believe there is an online viewing of some items that one can view with a bit of searching, but most seemed to focus on the military and royal badges, medals and miniature paintings attached, rather than decorative and fashion, or even items of mineral/gemological interest other than what was on those items.

          Ah, Charlotta, thank you. My dear Walter says ... I talk too much lol. Thanks for listening, and putting up with me
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          • CortezPearls
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            Good talkers make for good story tellers

        • #97
          Exactly my point CortezPearls and CathyKeshi. I love to hear your stories anytime

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          • #98
            You are too kind, my friends Feel free to correct Walter when you see him lol ...
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            • CortezPearls
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              I will! G-d willing we will meet up next year in the Bay area!

          • #99
            Sure pray so, Douglas! I've got a lead on a good vegan restaurant ...
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            • CortezPearls
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              Ooooh! You know the way to a man's heart!
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