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  • Unusual Pearl - Mabe or Natural?

    Please help me with trying to identify what type of pearl this is. It has a beautiful blueish color, but, you can also see a dark area in the center. I think it resembles a Mabe pearl, but, because I can see the nucleus??? - possibly a natural pearl. I bought it at an estate sale and love the colors. It is set in 925 sterling with a red garnet. Many thanks!
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    Hi Momsjewel,

    Thanks for sharing your pretty pendant. It looks to me like a "nautilus pearl," not an actual pearl, which is cut from the inner ribs of the nautilus shell. It is backed with resin or some type of filler and set like a mabe. Other clues to help identify this are the oval shape, light rib pattern and blue silver color. Blue silver and white are natural colors, but I've seen some for sale in pink and yellow and darker blue.

    What size is yours? I LOVE them, here is a photo of some of my "osmena pearl" jewelry. Let us know if yours looks like these.
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    Pattye


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    SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

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    • #3
      I've also heard them called "osmena" pearls (except that they're not really pearls). So pretty though! Wish I had one.

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      • #4
        That's very pretty Momsjewels Pattye, lovely examples, especially that necklace with the blue gemstones, sigh!!!
        Cathy

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        • #5
          Thank you, Cathy. Those are aquamarine nuggets added to osmena stations from an older necklace I took apart. The color is similar to the blue silver akoya pearls. Usually osmenas aren't very expensive, but a big, beautiful pearly look!
          Pattye


          PatriciaSaabDesigns.etsy.com

          facebook.com/PatriciaSaabDesigns

          SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

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          • #6
            These "pearls" or osmena are just lovely! Pattye, you really did a great job with those aqua nuggets! I have an old wire wrapped (not made by me) milky aqua necklace that is just begging for a re-do/repurpose...but I digress....momsjewel your treasure is really pretty!
            http://www.oceanscovejewelry.com
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            • #7
              This site is just wonderful - thanks for all of the replies. Always a learning lesson. I like the shine and colors, and, Pattye, your collection is beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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