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    Yes, those are dyed. Natural coloured black...

    Yes, those are dyed. Natural coloured black pearls are exceptionally rare.
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    They look like freshwater cultured pearls....

    They look like freshwater cultured pearls. Natural colours.
  3. depending on your project you could...repeat...

    depending on your project you could...repeat could..go with, for example, south sea tiny keishi. On my pearl farm 'work experience' trip in March I found maybe 30 tiny tiny mantle keishi which were...
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    Interesting trivia. Only HM and the crown...

    Interesting trivia. Only HM and the crown jeweller are allowed to touch the Imperial State Crown.
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    I love this video of HM Queen with the Imperial...

    I love this video of HM Queen with the Imperial State Crown...poking at the huge natural pearls (and showing great knowledge about pearls)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPyNxoVJsr4
    That crown is...
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    I've never heard of this association..but it is...

    I've never heard of this association..but it is plausible -although I've never felt the need to negative my sales in time of war! The wording looks like something cobbled up by a complete legal lay...
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    Seerious Bling

    If you want to see some serious bling...HM Queen held a state banquet for visiting Dutch royal family (Hi Cees!) 62911
    Quoting from the daily mirror
    Kate Middleton thrilled royal fans by wearing...
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    They may have tried. I get approached by brokers...

    They may have tried. I get approached by brokers trying to sell pearl businesses all the time, from big ones to facebook pearl openers (NOOOOOO). But not been approached for them
    Maybe their books...
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    Looks like cast concrete

    Looks like cast concrete
  10. Wait for Pattye, who is Beaders Secret, to...

    Wait for Pattye, who is Beaders Secret, to respond. She's the expert
  11. Depends if you have a jeweller with good contacts...

    Depends if you have a jeweller with good contacts with a pearl supplier. Tiny half drilled seeds are becoming hard to find wholesale. Everyone wants to grow big pearls and who wants to drill a 1.5mm...
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    Many times the problem will be a reaction to...

    Many times the problem will be a reaction to nickel in the metal. 40 year old metal will probably contain nickel, as will many findings of American manufacture. If you react to nickel look for...
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    You mean the driver was on the correct side :D?

    You mean the driver was on the correct side :D?
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    It is much calmer and yes, smaller. I'm glad I...

    It is much calmer and yes, smaller.
    I'm glad I tried it but realistically, not enough pearls (certainly not enough freshwaters) for me either. Or findings
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    It is indeed a trade only show

    It is indeed a trade only show
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    Bangkok was lovely, much calmer, no long queues...

    Bangkok was lovely, much calmer, no long queues to get in and a good selection of sea pearls (although freshwater were so expensive that I didn't buy one - something perhaps a HK FW company might...
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    I'm happy to discuss 'wish lists' with regular...

    I'm happy to discuss 'wish lists' with regular customers and that will always include price. If they can afford $1k and I am on a sourcing trip looking at pearls specifically for them which start at...
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    If you like the range of colours of dyed black...

    If you like the range of colours of dyed black freshwater and want a bit of size but can't afford much, how about considering dyed black ripples. They won't be a short term substitute for anything in...
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    Remember the diamonds being smuggled in (was it)...

    Remember the diamonds being smuggled in (was it) Diamonds are Forever? Gems are easily portable so ripe for money laundering and moving.
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    If leaving the EU with more than 10k in Euros or...

    If leaving the EU with more than 10k in Euros or equivalent in a declaration has been required for some years - money laundering. It's pretty straightforward. Simple form, dropped into a box at the...
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    Indeed. I am heading to the Bangkok fair instead...

    Indeed. I am heading to the Bangkok fair instead next month. Some different wholesalers and stuff. Also wanted a change. It's before HK, and there is so much to see in Bangkok.
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    We aren't allowed to post - it counts as...

    We aren't allowed to post - it counts as advertising for sale
  23. There must be squillions of those early attempts...

    There must be squillions of those early attempts at FW bead nuking in sacks at the back of pearl factory storerooms. I don't know, I kinda have no problem with these. They don't pretend to be...
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    The pearls are very poorly set

    The pearls are very poorly set
  25. Nice findings though.

    Nice findings though.
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