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    All the bargain akoyas I found were very grubby,...

    All the bargain akoyas I found were very grubby, to the point where they looked fake, and were priced low as a result.
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    Cool! Is your mom's strand the one in post #22? ...

    Cool! Is your mom's strand the one in post #22? Did that turn out to be genuine?
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    This seems to be a case of "all's well that ends...

    This seems to be a case of "all's well that ends well"! Enjoy your new pearls.
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    So sorry to read about the loss of your friend! ...

    So sorry to read about the loss of your friend! How very sad. :(

    About the pearls, I suspect the seller thought he could get away with keeping the pearls and your money, and when he was told the...
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    One more thought about the necklace that you...

    One more thought about the necklace that you returned without tracking, that supposedly has not arrived. Here in the USA, even if one doesn't purchase tracking, the USPS has its own tracking number...
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    They do look like imitation pearls. Some have...

    They do look like imitation pearls. Some have lost their coating and the bead inside is visible. Definitely avoid using acetone as it would ruin them.
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    The link does not work for us. It works for you...

    The link does not work for us. It works for you because you are signed into Etsy and it is your transaction.
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    Ebay used to not charge fees on shipping, but the...

    Ebay used to not charge fees on shipping, but the predictable result was that sellers tried to make money on the shipping. So that policy ended some years ago, and now fees are based on the entire...
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    About cleaning pearls, if they are real you can...

    About cleaning pearls, if they are real you can wipe them with acetone to clean them of sticky stuff that doesn't come off with mild soap and water. But if they are fake, the acetone will strip the...
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    What a nightmare! A hard way to learn what not...

    What a nightmare! A hard way to learn what not to do. :(

    Your link doesn't work for us. Try dragging the photo to your desktop, and upload it to Pearl-Guide from there.

    Also, regarding the...
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    Certainly the pearls on the metal loops are in...

    Certainly the pearls on the metal loops are in terrible shape -- probably from having been abraded by the hook part of the clasp when the necklace was worn different lengths-- but the others also...
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    That strand definitely appears to be imitation. ...

    That strand definitely appears to be imitation.

    Akoyas are all bead-nucleated (the exception being keshi, which are very baroque and readily identifiable). Most fwp are still all nacre, and most...
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    I just approved posts #6 and #8 by sulema. ...

    I just approved posts #6 and #8 by sulema. Others had posted replies in the meantime. :)

    Sulema, you asked about akoya pearls losing their luster. It's not that exactly; all pearls can lose...
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    Hi sulema, The first one is akoya but they do...

    Hi sulema,

    The first one is akoya but they do not appear to have good luster, and they are probably not as old as advertised as graduated strands were the thing back then. I'd pass on that...
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