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    Sticky: It's been horribly improved now. My daughter and...

    It's been horribly improved now. My daughter and I abandoned an attempt a couple of years ago. I can still remember when tickets were sold by a man in a little shed and you could walk around the...
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    Sticky: Back in the day when the hair was reddish... It...

    Back in the day when the hair was reddish...
    It must have looked deeply suspect that I handed over a wad of cash in exchange for a small package. With hindsight it's a lucky escape from being...
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    Sticky: Talking of men wearing pearls...77946 When Josh...

    Talking of men wearing pearls...77946 When Josh Humbert was over here we met up at Stonehenge for me to collect some Kamoka pearls.
  4. What size are these spoonbill, Douglas. I...

    What size are these spoonbill, Douglas. I remember my surprise at how tiny flamingoes are when I saw them in the park in Kowloon
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    A challenge...interesting...

    A challenge...interesting...
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    I was trusted to do some mantle tissue selection...

    I was trusted to do some mantle tissue selection when visiting one of the Vietnam pearl farms. Depth of nacre, lustre and colour quality were the criteria.

    Paspaley gather wild stock to grow...
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    They look like big 'fireball' freshwater pearls,...

    They look like big 'fireball' freshwater pearls, with very good lustre and subtle overtones. They need strong thread to knot because they are heavy and a clasp should be proportionate. If you have...
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    Does Jewelmer raise its stock? Rigorous selection...

    Does Jewelmer raise its stock? Rigorous selection in breeding and grafting will produce a better result than random nature usually
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    I got some cheap card-maker half pearls (fakes)...

    I got some cheap card-maker half pearls (fakes) with a sticky base and arranged them over my masks- you could follow me around by the trail as they fell off!
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    Two pearl 'finds'

    Passing this on as the two pieces are lovely.
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/antiques-roadshow-guest-learns-real-23541604
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    It is going to give a much more secure seating...

    It is going to give a much more secure seating for the pearl, with much less strain on the central pin. It's unlikely anyone would do this to perfect round pearls. They are more likely to be either...
  12. As an aside comment, it is absurdly easy to set...

    As an aside comment, it is absurdly easy to set up a paypal account. But organising payments by visa or mastercard is complex and even harder than opening a bank account.
    Any sales website without...
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    I second getting back to travelling to get the...

    I second getting back to travelling to get the best pearls!
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    Sticky: 77744 Slightly shaky translation from Thai...

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    For Mr. Code Chai, it was a news report for picking orange pearls or ′′ pearl melo ′′ which is rare in the seaside area behind the house. It was...
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    Sticky: 77744 Slightly shaky translation from Thai...

    77744
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    For Mr. Code Chai, it was a news report for picking orange pearls or ′′ pearl melo ′′ which is rare in the seaside area behind the house. It was...
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    Sticky: I've seen reports that he has been arrested and...

    I've seen reports that he has been arrested and this is a scam
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    As you know most pearls are processed (maeshori)...

    As you know most pearls are processed (maeshori) to spiffy up their appearance. At basic it is a bit of temperature work and buffing - not much different to buffing your nails if you were a Victorian...
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    [ have a "giant clam" nucleus inside or those...

    [ have a "giant clam" nucleus inside or those pearls Anyone trying to drill a pearl with a tridnaca nucleus doesn't need an x-ray. Just a whole packet of drill bits. :(
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    I talked with pearl farmers when I was working on...

    I talked with pearl farmers when I was working on a farm in Vietnam about this. They simply don't know. Or why the dark blue is increasingly rare and the only blues are really a silver grey with blue...
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    I always have increased respect for anyone who...

    I always have increased respect for anyone who can say plainly that they got something wrong
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    Further update. Just received email from the...

    Further update. Just received email from the company's Commercial director:

    'Id like to issue a correction to our audience. Airtime is expensive, but a loss of the trust and reputation we have...
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    Update - boss of company investigating.

    Update - boss of company investigating.
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    I am slightly embarrassed to have to admit I was...

    I am slightly embarrassed to have to admit I was watching a TV jewellery channel, but they do have a certain fascination!
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    I know the company owner. I'd have said he was...

    I know the company owner. I'd have said he was reputable and proud of the reputation of his company, which is family owned. I've emailed him my confirmed concerns. We'll see.
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    Thank you for that Douglas. It is exactly as I...

    Thank you for that Douglas. It is exactly as I suspected.
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