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  1. Thread: My father

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    I am so sorry for your loss, Charlotta. I can...

    I am so sorry for your loss, Charlotta. I can only imagine what you're feeling.
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    Tahitian strands don't get much smaller than this...

    Tahitian strands don't get much smaller than this range because the shell is quite large and the pearls are considered on the larger size.

    A few years ago we started seeing even small Tahitians...
  3. This is the second time we've seen something...

    This is the second time we've seen something similar posted just recently and it played out the same way.

    Edit: It was a comparison thread about Joy and Pearl Source about a year ago.

    The Set...
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    This is so sad. We were just there a few months...

    This is so sad. We were just there a few months ago :(
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    The base color of the untreated varies, so there...

    The base color of the untreated varies, so there is variation in the results even when a single color is used. White pearls aren't used. They only dye the pastel colors. Personally I've always...
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    I agree with the consensus. The pearls look dyed....

    I agree with the consensus. The pearls look dyed.

    But Daniel ... those akoyas ... stunning!
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    You've got two strands of Chinese freshwater...

    You've got two strands of Chinese freshwater pearls. The black strand is dyed.
  8. That is one amazing deal! Even the backs cost...

    That is one amazing deal! Even the backs cost more than $10.
  9. Anyone up for a Trip to Sea of Cortez Pearls?

    I just got this email from GIA. it you're an alum, this is a trip I recommend!

    Years ago, Caitlin and Blaire joined Hisano and I for a few days at the farm in Guaymas. It was one of the best farm...
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    The site looks really good. A few notes sent!

    The site looks really good. A few notes sent!
  11. We are so looking forward to this!!!

    We are so looking forward to this!!!
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    Sticky: The detail is fantastic. It came together very...

    The detail is fantastic. It came together very nicely.
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    It's a beautiful piece with great wire work. I...

    It's a beautiful piece with great wire work. I agree with Marianne too. It's a Chinese freshwater pearl.
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    I look forward to seeing it!

    I look forward to seeing it!
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    Definitely post a link. Abalone pearls are not...

    Definitely post a link. Abalone pearls are not cheap and incorrectly described pearl auctions on eBay are the rule, not the exception. If it's cheap, it's almost certainly a piece of shell.
  16. It's crazy, but we're going through the same...

    It's crazy, but we're going through the same thing right now. Since Hisano now has a natural strand and a conch pearl strand, she doesn't keep them at home. She keeps them in the vault. I am getting...
  17. I am so happy you got this strand! We get to...

    I am so happy you got this strand! We get to visit it every time we see you during New York Now!
  18. They appear to be faceted, dyed Chinese...

    They appear to be faceted, dyed Chinese freshwater pearls. The interesting shapes you see are created after harvest, not by the mussel growing the pearls.

    It's not possible to shape shells to...
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    Did this work?

    Did this work?
  20. A good friend of mine who deals in naturals told...

    A good friend of mine who deals in naturals told me a similar story about a place in Central America where nearly every shell had some sort of pearl in it and some were infested with little pearls....
  21. There are a number of insurance appraisers in New...

    There are a number of insurance appraisers in New York. You can check the NAJA website to see if there are any near you who do house calls.
    http://www.najaappraisers.com/html/find_an_appraiser.php
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  22. No, we didn't stop selling chocolates because of...

    No, we didn't stop selling chocolates because of LeVian's threats. Some dealers started calling their chocolates mocha pearls and other things. We just eventually stopped carrying them because they...
  23. The store manager is misinformed. Dyed Tahitian...

    The store manager is misinformed. Dyed Tahitian pearls are definitely the exception to the rule not the rule. I rarely see treated Tahitians except for chocolates (which we almost never see anymore...
  24. Thread: Ruckus 2019

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    Ruckus 2019

    Hisano and I spent a bit of time discussing the ruckus this year and have decided that we are taking this year off. We are not going to host a ruckus this summer. The ruckus happens every year the...
  25. There has always been a range within the hanadama...

    There has always been a range within the hanadama certification process. It's really like calling a diamond a "fine diamond" when it falls in the range of VS to FL - both are considered fine, but the...
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