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    Hello everyone! I am new here - And have recently discovered Iím a pearl girl!

    I bought a GSSP choker which I love but would like to know if thereís a way to find out if itís dyed or not? I would love to read and learn from the community regarding this

    Thank you!

  • #2
    Hello Mischka, welcome to our pearl loving forum
    Most GSSP are not dyed, but there are some thermal processes that can enhance color in these pearls.
    Why not post a photo for us to see.
    Have a great weekend!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by CortezPearls View Post
      Hello Mischka, welcome to our pearl loving forum
      Most GSSP are not dyed, but there are some thermal processes that can enhance color in these pearls.
      Why not post a photo for us to see.
      Have a great weekend!
      Thank you so much! I have attached a picture taken at around 6:00 in the evening. Hope it helps!Click image for larger version

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      • #4
        Lovely golden color...great luster...they are very nice!
        From experts I've heard that it is very difficult to tell when golden pearls are treated to enhance their "goldiness" (is there a better expression???).
        Last year we had a discussion about dyed vs naturally colored pearls (The name of the thread actually shows down below in the "Similar Threads" section, under the name "Edison pearl vs the world) where our own Pattye stated this:
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        And I totally agree with her.

        So, your best bet is to take your pearls to a lab for analysis OR have the seller provide you with a guarantee that the color is natural, which is something you would hardly need if purchasing from a reputable seller.

        Wish I could be more helpful...
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        • #5
          Copying and pasting Pattye's post for people with older eyes, like me...

          https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...l=1#post230684

          "Cees, yes, I think you are correct about all these being dyed/color treated pearls, at least most of them.

          "I seem to recall that the conclusion about dyed vs natural color golden pearls is that only laboratory testing can confirm. Yes, some are clearly dyed, but certainly more easily identified in person compared to a photograph. Why it is so important to purchase from a trusted, knowledgable supplier.

          "The way color is dispersed on dyed pearls (more mottled with more colors) is usually quite different and often more intense than how natural color appears. The last photo is most likely all dyed pearls.

          "We can only learn so much from photos. The differences are subtle. There are no hard and fast rules, because every pearl is different.

          "There is nothing wrong with dyed pearls, only when it is not disclosed. A price being higher or lower can sometimes reflect whether the pearl is dyed or not. Cees, PP and Pearlescence are absolutely trusted sources when it comes to disclosures.

          "I wish you the best in educating your friend; perhaps she will consider taking the CPAA course, as there are discount codes making it available free. Right now the gem fairs and shows have been canceled, so it's difficult to find ways to see a variety of pearls in person."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mischka View Post
            Thank you so much! I have attached a picture taken at around 6:00 in the evening. Hope it helps![ATTACH]77818[/ATTACH][ATTACH]77818[/ATTACH]
            A picture with the pearls placed on a white background may help us identify if they are dyed or not.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CortezPearls View Post
              Lovely golden color...great luster...they are very nice!
              From experts I've heard that it is very difficult to tell when golden pearls are treated to enhance their "goldiness" (is there a better expression???).
              Last year we had a discussion about dyed vs naturally colored pearls (The name of the thread actually shows down below in the "Similar Threads" section, under the name "Edison pearl vs the world) where our own Pattye stated this:
              [ATTACH]77823[/ATTACH]
              And I totally agree with her.

              So, your best bet is to take your pearls to a lab for analysis OR have the seller provide you with a guarantee that the color is natural, which is something you would hardly need if purchasing from a reputable seller.

              Wish I could be more helpful...
              Thank you!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Pareltje View Post
                A picture with the pearls placed on a white background may help us identify if they are dyed or not.

                I tried taking some but it's a bit cloudy here and it keeps turning up a bit orange in my screen -Click image for larger version

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                • #9
                  Here's a slightly better one, I think.. just a tad of orange left

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                  • #10
                    It is a gorgeous strand, love that last photo. It being dyed or not, a clue could be in how much it did cost. It could be a real golden south sea strand, undyed, but would likely be rather expensive. And you do love to wear it so that at least is good. I don't mean that it doesn't matter if it's dyed or not, I would be curious as well. Have you looked into the drillholes and on the marks of the pearls with a loupe, if you don't have any they are very useful. I bought mine on ebay for 10$ more than a decade ago and still haven't changed the battery (maybe I should do that). Maybe it doesn't work on that goldiness procedure that CortezPearls talked about, but very useful regardless.

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                    • #11
                      If they asked big money then I'd consider asking GIA for a certificate. I don't think they cost that much , when I get Hanadama certified it's like 50$ at the Japanese lab. Either way for your peace of mind and resale ( should you ever decide to sell them) it's reassuring .
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Charlotta View Post
                        It is a gorgeous strand, love that last photo. It being dyed or not, a clue could be in how much it did cost. It could be a real golden south sea strand, undyed, but would likely be rather expensive. And you do love to wear it so that at least is good. I don't mean that it doesn't matter if it's dyed or not, I would be curious as well. Have you looked into the drillholes and on the marks of the pearls with a loupe, if you don't have any they are very useful. I bought mine on ebay for 10$ more than a decade ago and still haven't changed the battery (maybe I should do that). Maybe it doesn't work on that goldiness procedure that CortezPearls talked about, but very useful regardless.
                        yes, I do love it! It cost a significant amount but I think it's more out of my curiosity and wanting to learn more about pearls.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Katbran View Post
                          If they asked big money then I'd consider asking GIA for a certificate. I don't think they cost that much , when I get Hanadama certified it's like 50$ at the Japanese lab. Either way for your peace of mind and resale ( should you ever decide to sell them) it's reassuring .

                          Do they just test 1 pc from the strand or the entire strand?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mischka View Post
                            Here's a slightly better one, I think.. just a tad of orange left

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                            In the first picture here, it looks like the color is enhanced to me. As far as I can remember, I've seen such color a lot offered by gssp vendors in the Philippines.
                            But have the strand tested by a lab just to be sure.
                            Edit: I had a chat with Cees, he said your vendor should disclose the treatment to you.
                            Last edited by Pareltje; 02-24-2021, 04:29 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mischka View Post
                              Do they just test 1 pc from the strand or the entire strand?
                              For bead cultured pearl necklace like this, GIA will not do random test, they will test the entire strand. It will cost you $200 if the strand is below 20 inches.

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