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  • Happy Huku
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    So sorry to hear about the jewellery but what a special gift from your Mother.
    Those pearl will look beautiful cleaned and restrung and we look forward to some neck shots of your wife wearing them.

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  • JerseyPearl
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    Theft is such an horrible thing. But thankfully, you and your family were not physically harmed!

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  • BWeaves
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    Oh no, what a terrible experience.

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  • jc12345
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    Thanks everyone for the advice and insights. I feel responsible for not putting my wifes jewelery in the safe, so I want to go out of my way to make her happy with these pearls. I will look out for someone that can restring them and read up more here about the process.

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  • pattye
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    Oh my, jc, what a horrible experience you and your wife have been through. I can understand why your Mother's pearls mean so very much and how important it is to put this beautiful necklace together correctly. How doubly disappointing to be told the signs don't indicate the pearls are Mikimoto; I'm so sorry. If your wife likes doing handwork and crafts, she might enjoy learning to string, as has been previously mentioned. We wish you and your family the very best and hope to hear from you again.

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  • CathyKeshi
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    jc12345, you are most welcome here, as are all pearl lovers. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised at how beautiful these pearls will be when restrung properly and put back together as intended. Some of the photos show a bright sharp luster, and I suspect they will be beautiful! Be careful to choose a safe and reputable stringer. You might like to read the threads here on Pearl Guide that can teach you how to knot and restring your own strand. It's inexpensive, and pretty easy; many here do it! Even if you choose a professional stringer in your area, those posts will help you to understand how it is properly done so you can select a good stringer. I'm so sorry that sad story happened; you and your wife must have been heartbroken. But the real treasure here, in these pearls, is the the love they carry from your mother to you and to your wife. What a lovely gift she has given you; pearls always bring love together. Good luck to you and your family; do come back and show us how your necklace comes out if you can

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  • Camhatch
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    My goodness jc12345, what a terrible thing that has happened! But what shines through in your story is how you want your wife to be able to wear these pearls with love. I am sure they will be completely transformed once restrung and she will wear them always. A beautiful gift from your mother! Would be great to see a photo once they have been restrung!

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  • jc12345
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    Originally posted by pattye View Post
    Will your wife enjoy wearing the pearls if they are restrung properly? If knotted between each pearl, the length would likely be close to 17 inches. As PD mentioned, it was common back then to identify the metal by stamping "silver." Nowadays manufacturers tend to use 925 for sterling silver.

    Please write out the story of the pearls and keep it with them. Pearls are best worn and enjoyed!
    Patty to answer your question I have to tell you the rest of the story. A few weeks ago, the day before we left for the new country, the moving company came collect our house content. They sent 6 people who walked together through the house to confirm everything that needs to be moved and obviously scouting in the process. Afterwards they scattered in 6 directions while distracting us as much as possible. It was impossible to be everywhere at once. My wife’s jewelery was neatly packed in a small container to take with us personally. We forgot to put it in the safe and it was in a drawer. They stole it and it was not insured.

    My mother then gave her pearls to my wife the next day. It came with so much love and emotion and is currently the only jewelery my wife has. She loves the pearls and dearly wants to wear them. I will follow your advice to have it re-strung properly and knotted so that it fits her more comfortably. I will insure it even if it is a low amount so that we do not make the same mistake. Over here just 2 pearl earrings cost a lot if you can find them as 99% of stores only stock fresh water pearls due to it being very scarce. To own real pearls is an achievement on its own no matter the origin or brand.

    It is however disappointing that she asked for Mikimoto pearls at the time in the heart of where it all happens and thought that was what she bought but was sold something else.
    Last edited by jc12345; 02-23-2021, 10:26 PM.

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  • pattye
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    Will your wife enjoy wearing the pearls if they are restrung properly? If knotted between each pearl, the length would likely be close to 17 inches. As PD mentioned, it was common back then to identify the metal by stamping "silver." Nowadays manufacturers tend to use 925 for sterling silver.

    Please write out the story of the pearls and keep it with them. Pearls are best worn and enjoyed!

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  • BWeaves
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    The clasp says SILVER as others have noted. They look like very nice pearls, but not Mikimoto brand.

    The pearls are not worth insuring. Just enjoy wearing them.

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  • Pearl Dreams
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    Many manufacturers, no doubt.

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  • jc12345
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    Originally posted by pattye View Post
    Knots will also add a little length. This is typical of how Akoyas were strung back then. What is the length of the necklace now?
    pattye, the length of the string from the first pearl the last is 15”. Including the clasp components it is 16”.

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  • jc12345
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    Originally posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    It does look like "SILVER".

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    Which manufacturer marked the clasp with “silver” stamped on it?

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  • Pearl Dreams
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    It does look like "SILVER".

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  • jc12345
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    Originally posted by pattye View Post
    What an attractive mystery pearl necklace jc! Is it possible the back of the clasp is stamped "silver"? This is something we see often. Whatever is stamped there, isn't clear, of course.
    Thanks Pattye, now that I look at the stamp on the back, if you turn it around it could very much be “silver” and not “871US”.

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