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  • #16
    JillM,
    The bead inside is probably glass. Usually only the very cheapest imitation pearls have plastic beads, and you can tell because they are much too light to be real pearls.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
      What kind of pearls was the receipt for? (Akoyas, I hope, not imitation.)
      Size in mm, length of strand, any info about the clasp??
      I don't know for sure except that they were akoyas, since this was in Japan (although US territory at the time, but has since been returned to Japan). It was sold on a military base and a GS 13 was not a poor soldier.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by JerseyPearl View Post
        I love the idea of using the original clasps with new pearls!
        I second this!

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        • #19
          Originally posted by raggdoll View Post
          Looks like the receipt says "general pearl choker" so it was probably a very short strand. I own a pearl necklace from 1933, it is made of akoyas and has a 18k clasp. I'm sure it was quite expensive back then, even though the pearls are small and graduated.
          I would love to see a picture of your 1933 strand!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by raggdoll View Post
            Oh wow! That is quite a bit of money
            That is a lot of moola!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by JerseyPearl View Post
              I love the idea of using the original clasps with new pearls!
              I third this!

              I did this with my grandmother's strand of akoyas. The clasp was great, but the pearls were worn out. PP matched new pearls to the clasp, and now I really enjoy wearing them again.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by SunSeeker View Post
                I would love to see a picture of your 1933 strand!
                Here you go! (hope someone doesn't think this is too OT)
                It is 53cm long and pearls range from 3mm to almost 8mm. It has a very small clasp that has (Swedish) hallmarks on it, telling the year it was made, in what town and by what goldsmith. (It also used to have a safety clasp that I removed because it was way to fiddly for me). Pearls have darkened somewhat over the years, but they still have a nice luster.
                Attached Files

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                • #23
                  Very cool, raggdoll! Thanks for posting the photos!

                  Now, a question-- how much do you wear it? I find I don't wear my vintage momme strand often at all. The necklace turns around so that the center pearl is always off center, and the pearls are so much smaller than my other strands. I do enjoy taking it out to look at it, though.

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                  • #24
                    Nice and classic. The clasp is already doubly secure. A safety chain is almost overkill, but they would have been very special.

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                    • #25
                      Pearl Dreams: I wear it with certain clothes, mainly dresses that have a bit of "retro"-feel (1950s vibes). If I wear it with a plain shirt it looks more dated (in my opinion), so then I would opt for larger pearls instead.

                      BWeaves: Yes it really felt overkill with that security clasp, I like it much better this way

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                      • #26
                        I like that idea, wearing them with dresses with a retro vibe.

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