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  • #16
    The drill hole is quite large! Did you see a bead inside? I did not (but I have the photo, not the pearl and my loupe!)...it looks more like a natural to me every time
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    • #17
      I didn’t see a bead inside, Douglas. I got out my lighted loupe and looked as far inside as I could. What would a bead look like to me? Would it be obvious? I also poked around gently inside the hole with a blunt, gold-plated needle, but I didn’t feel anything that felt like a bead. It IS a big hole. I really need to use a better camera. Can you speculate what critter made the pearl? Thank you for your time!

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      • #18
        P.S. If there is something inside there, it is not symmetrical. The drill hole shows the middle to be a darker, amber-ish color, and on each end of the hole the layers gradually become a lighter, yellower, color, untl the surface. I really need a camera with a good macro setting!

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        • #19
          Wow...well with your description it sounds as if you either have a Natural pearl (that's what it looks like to me) or a freshwater pearl...but that drill hole (too wide) seems made by someone that was not used to drill pearls (like a local, small town jeweler) so I would think it is a natural pearl, since most freshwater pearls are usually sold pre-drilled (to perfection). Also, taking into account the age of the pearl...
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          • #20
            Douglas, I’ve realized that I can see pretty well down that big drill hole. There’s no bead; it’s all nacre. I’m including the best shot of the drill hole that I have so far.

            My spider sense says is that it was purchased in the Middle East during the 1970s. If it came from Mexico, then it would be from earlier, i.e., mid-century. Mother’s friend did travel a lot, and went on a world cruise on the QEII, ca. 1980. And she loved to buy jewelry when she traveled. So my spider sense could be wrong.

            I’m astonished to find that this pearl I’ve had sitting around for nearly 10 years might be natural. I didn’t look at it too hard until the findings tested 18K. And you all have taught me a lot about pearls, so I know now that good things sometimes come in non-round, non-metallic packages.



            Originally posted by CortezPearls View Post
            Wow...well with your description it sounds as if you either have a Natural pearl (that's what it looks like to me) or a freshwater pearl...but that drill hole (too wide) seems made by someone that was not used to drill pearls (like a local, small town jeweler) so I would think it is a natural pearl, since most freshwater pearls are usually sold pre-drilled (to perfection). Also, taking into account the age of the pearl...

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            • #21
              Well, look at what this ride "down the rabbit hole" has brought you
              Once you fill in the gaps you will have quite a story for your pearl!
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              • #22
                this looks like real pearl.
                I mean, natural one, I also saw the unmounted pictures, for me it's natural pearl even on mounted pictures.
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                • #23
                  Thank you, Douglas and parfaitelumiere! I’m still in a state of astonishment. My best guess is still that it came from the Middle East, from the Arabian Gulf. The friend’s son worked in Kuwait for several years in the 1970s, and I know he gave his mom a lot of nice and thoughtful gifts. Of the natural pearls I’ve seen online, this one most resembles Pinctada radiata. But I’m no expert, and my judgment is subject to the quality of the photos.

                  Also, Mother’s pearl strikes me as being relatively large/heavy. Even with the hole, it weighs .8 gram/4 carats.

                  I will be sleuthing some more. I remain super grateful for your time, advice, and interest!

                  Originally posted by parfaitelumiere View Post
                  this looks like real pearl.
                  I mean, natural one, I also saw the unmounted pictures, for me it's natural pearl even on mounted pictures.

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                  • #24
                    So, you see...the "gaps" are slowly being filled...you will end up with a "living story" in that little pearl. Should end up closer to your heart
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                    • #25
                      A question for Douglas,I’m a bit puzzled,in an earlier comment you said this gorgeous Pearl could be natural or freshwater.Aren’t early river pearls
                      Naturals too? Are they less rare or valuable than natural saltwater pearls?

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                      • #26
                        Yes, indeed barbaradilek and when I said Natural, I did encompass both salt & fresh-water pearls.
                        I don't have that much knowledge on the present situation of freshwater pearl fisheries, but I believe -and it's just my very personal opinion- that river pearls are much rarer TODAY than saltwater pearls.
                        Why?
                        Because most freshwater pearly mussel species are under strict fishing policies, and pearl oysters are not (there are places where they are very well protected, such as Australia) that protected, especially in Latin America where huge fisheries have been the norm for the last decade. Mind you...the fisheries are for the MEAT, but the pearls are a by-product and not the target of the fishery. Anyway, these huge fisheries have led to large amount of "new pearls".

                        Now, regarding value or pricing...I believe the market presently is under a flux and is unstable (according to what I have been told by some friends in that industry), so pricing is also under this spell. I don't really know if natural river pearls should be more valuable than saltwater ones because of this, but they have always been less valuable (historically speaking) ...perhaps they should be equally valuable! But the Natural Pearl Market is quite unique, and I don't really know how it is "moving" since 2020.
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