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  • KarinK
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    8mm - I never posted my strand as a single (felt guilty about spending so much ) but I have this post where I have a not very good pic of my collection: https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...ht=#post175966

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  • battah
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    I'm loving having the opportunity to see so many gorgeous GSSP strands. They really are fabulous.

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  • pattye
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    Pareltje
    "Pattye, I'm thinking about the Oregon sunstone faceted beads, the schiller will make your GSSP look great. "
    Thank you! Yes, a fun contrast keeping with the tonal golden theme; no doubt the next incarnation.

    Ruckus is a great opportunity to view more strands of a single kind than you can in any retail store. Viewing in person at Pearl Paradise is simply the best!

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    Thank you all! Katbran, Pareltje, Patye, Pearl Dreams, KarinK (did I miss anyone else??) I appreciate the feedback and help! Time to do a spreadsheet and list all the characteristics, vendors, pricing and preferences. Anyone else do a spreadsheet and list of what they wanted? Ha! Ha! (Really though I think this will help me keep on track)

    Karin K did you post your strand on this forum already? (If so, apologies as I may have missed it) If not, are you able to do so here?

    I appreciate all of you and your time, this really helps a lot. Maybe I will see you all one day at a Ruckus!

    -8mm

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  • KarinK
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    8mm, I went for price and opportunity. PP had a sale, I had a new job... I would have loved a strand with amazing overtones and mirror sharp luster but that would have been years in the future. Most likely the perfect purchase of a life time would just never happen as I spend my money before I get there. As they are South Sea pearls anyway, I find the satiny luster very pleasing and a bit more casual.

    I don't like too prominent rings, I can live with ovals or drops but it turned out that my oval GSSP strand looks round when I am wearing it. My strand is gold/gold. I don't see any overtones. But it is the single most exclusive looking piece of jewelry I own. I feel I lucked out as the shade works for me even if yellow is not my color. It sort of shimmers in the mirror and I can't seem to focus on it though everything else is sharp. Very cool effect

    - Karin

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  • Pareltje
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    8mm, you got great advice from the experts here. I usually go for color and luster first, then surface and shape. I confess usually I go for unusual, unique colors.
    Pattye, I'm thinking about the Oregon sunstone faceted beads, the schiller will make your GSSP look great.
    PD, you're my inspiration to start rummaging in Cees' stash of GSSP. I saw yours and I immediately wanted one like that.
    More golds please.... So more info is made available to people with different skin complexions who are looking for the perfect strand of GSSP.

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  • Pearl Dreams
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    Thanks 8mm! I believe these may be the only pearls I succeed in handing down to my daughter-- of all my pearls, she only admires these.

    I didn't see the strand beyond the 2 photos he had posted. I just fell in love with the strand and felt confident that it would suit my skin tone, so I emailed him through his business, Amsterdam Pearls (I'm not on Facebook or Instagram) to find out if the strand was available. A few days later I was wearing them.

    Pattye, thanks! I may yet get to a Ruckus, but it may not be until after we redo our kitchen...priorities.

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  • pattye
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    8mm,

    You're asking good questions! Figuring out the shapes you like will be helpful whether you are buying GSS, white SS, or Tahitians. Some prefer only light rings, some no rings at all. Number of blemishes and luster do make a difference in grade, but not all strands are graded and each seller sets their own grading standard. That's why it's so important to see good photos of the exact strands one is considering. Of the GSS I've seen, overtones are more subtle than in Tahitians, for example.

    One way to check color on one's self is to use draping. Perhaps visit a fabric store with a friend and get some feedback about what golden shades work with your complexion. I do admit I purchase and wear what appeals to me as an older woman with less importance as to whether it "looks good." Somehow that's never been a top criteria for pearl jewelry. Probably I fall more in the "collector" category. (Have always preferred large, even when I was a teen, and much smaller person!) As a single woman purchasing for myself, budget always counts!

    GSS keshi do come along every so often, and generally keshi have great luster, and can be less expensive than a traditional strand. Also they will be a bit smaller and lighter in weight. They go nicely from casual to formal and are wonderfully unique, so I was thinking they might appeal to you more than a traditional strand.

    Pareltje, JP, PD and all, thank you so much for your nice comments. If I hadn't liked the look with keshi, I'd have gone with some variety of golden gemstone roundel as spacers, either Oregon Sunstone or citrine or ??

    PD, I do love your GSS on you, and hope to see them in person one of these Ruckuses!
    Last edited by pattye; 11-10-2017, 05:20 AM.

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    Thank you for posting Pearl Dreams and the links! I appreciate all the suggestions and help. Those are outstanding pearls! Very nice and love the studs you had made with your loose pearls.

    BTW, if you purchased from Cees, you didn't get to look at them in person? Did he send you pictures or videos of these pearls?

    I saw his IG pictures and wanted to reach out if he had any GSSP strands available to look at. Did you contact/message him through FB? Is that the best way to reach out?

    -8mm
    Last edited by 8mm; 11-10-2017, 02:16 AM. Reason: more questions

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  • Pearl Dreams
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    Pattye, I love what you did with those!

    Here is a picture of mine, and my thread about them:
    https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...-SSP-from-Cees

    Ashley McNamara (PurePearls.com) wrote some great information about GSS pearls.
    This is about overtones (scroll down): https://www.purepearls.com/pearl-jewelry-overtones.html
    guide for retailers selling GSS: http://www.jewellerynetasia.com/en-u...tailer-s-guide

    A few years ago when I tried a strand on at a high end jeweler, the saleswoman took one look and said that was not my color! One look in the mirror showed me she was right. For a long time after that I thought all GSS would look bad on me. But really I just needed to find the right tone. Darker and with gold/rose overtones seems to work for me. As I recall, the strand I had tried on was a lighter gold and had greenish overtones.

    8mm, you asked what we would prioritize in buying GSS. Normally for pearls I'd say go for luster first, but that isn't how I chose my strand. I fell in love with a specific strand for its overall look. Maybe the shapes and colors were what grabbed me most. I saw it, and I wanted it.

    There are not a huge number of GSS strands out there, and it's unusual to find one to try on in a brick and mortar store. I never saw one at any Tiffany in CT. (Maybe in NYC?)

    I think my advice would be: Take your time. Look at strands online, or ask vendors for photos, and see if you can figure out what characteristics appeal to you and which ones you don't like so much.
    Don't buy a strand until it really grabs you.
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  • JerseyPearl
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    Pattye, I love your re-do!

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    Thank you Pattye for posting your beautiful GSSP! I want to know what you would prioritize on selecting a strand of Goldens! Would it be size, luster, grade shape (baroque- round), price, what??? Suggestions anyone?

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    Thanks Katbran and Pareltje for the advice...I'm taking notes! I do have more questions and wanted to find out which of the characteristics in selecting a strand should I be on the lookout for? Ok, besides price, which would you prioritize? Grade of Pearls? Luster? Shape? (Drop, near round, round baroque) Color? I understand the rounder the Pearl, grade and larger the diameter, the cost increases. Does grade of the Pearl mean luster and blemishes on the nacre? And do you know if one pays more for rose overtones versus green or gold? Appreciate all the help!
    -8mm
    Last edited by 8mm; 11-09-2017, 09:54 PM.

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  • Jwymark
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    Wow!! So many beautiful GSS pearls!!

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  • Pareltje
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    Originally posted by pattye View Post
    All this talk of goldens inspired me to restring my GSS necklace, which was too short. These don't have strong overtones, but are more greenish. I added GSS keshi across the front. Pearls are 15 mm-12 mm. Obviously, I'm willing to trade higher luster for size and more blemishes. Bracelet displays a range of GSS colors and is up for restringing next. (I bought these about 15 years ago from Druzy Design.)

    Finding a store with GSS in stock so you can try on may be difficult, but I hope that will be possible.

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    Pattye, those are wonderful GSSPs. I love the way you string them. This gives me an idea when I decide to restring my GSSP necklace from PP for another style. Please keep the golds coming!

    I missed your comment, Haylea23. Thanks for your sweet compliment.
    Last edited by Pareltje; 11-09-2017, 07:39 PM.

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