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How do I know it's not shell pearl?

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  • #16
    I thought they used fish scales ground up and mixed with resin or some such binder.

    mvpearl - the necklace looks very pretty and they look real. Can't tell from the photos exactly what you have - pits are common on SS . The colour isn't coming through for me at all. They look pink.
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    • #17
      I reduced the blue cast in the middle photo. They look pretty!

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      • #18
        My understanding is that most imitation pearls are beads coated with essence d'orient-- substances obtained from fish scales, with a lacquer-- but that shell pearls' coating is made from ground-up pearl nacre.

        Either way, they are imitation.
        And I suspect some vendors may call their fake pearls "shell pearls" while they may actually be the more common fake pearls with the essence d'orient coating.

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