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  • These are Chinese Freshwater right?

    Hello again!

    I came upon these today, they are in bad shape, strung on a string, no matching. They're essentially loose. They seem like Chinese Freshwaters to me (please correct me if I am wrong as I am pretty new to this!) but the thing that is wigging me out is that a few of them look almost faceted. Check out the pictures. What is this/what causes it?

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    Holy cow, they do look faceted! Hmmm...

    That was trendy a while back, but I don't think most big concerns made enough money to justify producing them. I'm going to give them another look, while other posters catch up.

    well, now I'm not so sure - are they faceted, or etched? They don't look quite right for faceting. Whatever was done, was done in a tentative fashion. Let's see what the real pros say. In the meantime could you, would you please? take and post photos that focus on the worked beads? Thanks so much :-)
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    • #3
      Yes, those pearls are faceted! It gives them a sort of "honey comb" look. Good call, Lisa.
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      • #4
        pretty unusual but looks faceted to me as well.
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        • #5
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          They were pretty low budget, Kevin, probably not on your pearl'dar, lol. If I have time I will take a photo of some in my stash~
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          • #6
            Hey guys

            Here are more photos. I guess I was just thinking that these were some type of natural occurrence...lol. Whoops. Well anyway like I said before they are literally just smashed together on this string. Just terrible.

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            Another question, do you guys know anything about a necklace like this? Pearls are fake but the clasp is stamped 925 in a peculiar font. It's got these weird hard flowers on it too. Just weird all around. I don't know why they would have bothered with a 925 clasp for some cheap plastic beads.

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            Oh oops and this last one was a weird looking one I too a picture of, I thought I removed it though. Oh well. There it is, ha! Kind of looks like a tooth or something. I wonder if anyone will be able to find a use for these... :/
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            • #7
              Tissue nucleated (cultured) freshwater pearls, as the toothy one & others in your last photo, don't have a bead inside, so come in all shapes and sizes!

              The one with the blue roses might have been made by someone crafty, ahem, yes, somewhat unusual combination.
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              • #8
                Thanks, I thought so (re facets) but optically I'm sort of thrown off by the fact that the 'faceted' areas looked pillowy, instead of flat. That made me think "carving?, with a tool, like Chi" (embarrassed, I can't recall his full name). I'm grateful we have real experts to call upon!

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                • #9
                  Pattye, your stash is one novel goodie after another! I wish I could poke around in it.

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                  • #10
                    The honey comb pearls are pretty cool! 925 is sterling silver so it is not too expensive.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kelluvpearls View Post
                      The honey comb pearls are pretty cool! 925 is sterling silver so it is not too expensive.
                      Sigh, I remember the days when silver was only $4 or $5 an ounce...then again, I remember when gas was about 1/10 of what it costs now...ACK!!!!must stop!!!feeling like a fossil!

                      To change the subject, I too have wondered about the faceted pearls that actually look pillowy, rather than having flat facets. Some of these fall into what I would consider "high-end" faceted pearls, set as a ring or pendant. Anybody have any idea how that effect is achieved?

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                      • #12
                        Here's a couple of photos. I know at one time we chatted about a possible coating on the faceted pearls, but I've checked these with a loupe and I'm pretty sure these don't have a coating. The purple are dyed, of course. I've had these for quite a few years. Obviously the ones Galatea is faceting now are much higher quality and more finely done.

                        I feel that pillowy, puffy look may be an optical illusion. On my pearls you can clearly see the flat surface.

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                        • #13
                          Oh, interesting that they look puffy/rounded and that they are actually flat.

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                          • #14
                            Thank you for showing us more, it's helpful

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                            • #15
                              Yes, I've read that the flat facets create that optical illusion. I like it-- and have never heard of them on FWP.

                              That tooth-shaped FWP has dreamy luster!

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