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    The pearls are undyed I think,a few are “ off” a...

    The pearls are undyed I think,a few are “ off” a beige or light grey colour,so they havent come from a large batch of uniformly dyed pearls.I hadn’t thought of Keshi,they have a slight orient,but...
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    Kundan necklace,Indian ingenuity

    78019I bought this necklace on eBay for £5.00,( approx$8.00 I think) It’s handmade,the “ jewels” are glass,which is traditional in kundan jewellery.I just wanted to share the artisan...
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    77469 three cheers for the experts,yes there is a...

    77469 three cheers for the experts,yes there is a basic uniformity to the pearls,though some look darker than others.My computer skills are rubbish,I think Iv down loaded a couple of images that...
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    Thankyou so much for all the intelligent...

    Thankyou so much for all the intelligent input.The saying” if it’s to good to be true,it probably is!” comes to mind.I bought them for what I would have paid for a top quality cultured akoya...
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    All comments welcome....

    These pearls came from an antique shop in Milan about 5 years ago.They were sold as natural pearls with their original clasp.The clasp is 18ct gold marked with the French eagles head used between...
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    Thanks so much for your comments,and the link to...

    Thanks so much for your comments,and the link to the article.So many amazing stories out there hidden in academic papers.A friend in North Africa is sending me some Berber wedding jewelleryAs soon...
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    Origins of Berber wedding pearls...

    Iv seen examples of antique North African Berber wedding jewellery,which contains masses of small pearls.Does anyone have any ideas where the pearls have come from?Would they have been freshwater or...
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    Just had a lovely email from the vendor who told...

    Just had a lovely email from the vendor who told me she got married in India,and was given 2 of these strands from relatives,She has kept one for her daughter,just as was suggested.She also said that...
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    I always thought akoyas were only produced as...

    I always thought akoyas were only produced as single pearls,does anyone know anything about the production of these twin pearls? Pattye,the clasp is an old European silver clasp that I had that...
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    The pearls are threaded on fine wire as the holes...

    The pearls are threaded on fine wire as the holes on many of the pearls are large.Also the holes have been drilled through the nacre between the twins and so having the strand fairly rigid stops too...
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    More dirty pearls....

    I bought these pearls from a lady in Hawaii about 15 years ago76926. She had got them from a yard sale where a Japanese lady was selling off her deceased parents belongings,and these pearls were in a...
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    Now you’ve got me really confused! Are we talking...

    Now you’ve got me really confused! Are we talking about minuscule icons on your ipad( and I’m with you all the way about passwords!) or the hall marks on my necklace clasp? If it’s the latter,looking...
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    It’s a new iPad as my last one got dementia and...

    It’s a new iPad as my last one got dementia and ran out of memory.It terrifies the wits out of me,sends me indecipherable messages( what is cut and paste?) and even had the audacity to tell me to...
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    The pearls are all about 5mm across and 3 mm...

    The pearls are all about 5mm across and 3 mm long.They have some flashes of orient,mostly pinks and golds,but the photos I took look creamier than the pearls are in my hand.The cord that they are...
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    The pearls have just arrived,and hopefully here...

    The pearls have just arrived,and hopefully here is a photo taken in dreitch Scottish afternoon light76839
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    Oh dear,I thought I’d sent a message which is...

    Oh dear,I thought I’d sent a message which is flying about the ether,so here we go again.I haven’t got aUV light,so will have to beg or borrow one to find out if my little pearls glow red or...
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    Pearlescence is right about the @ icon,I miss...

    Pearlescence is right about the @ icon,I miss typed,it should have been”&” which the Romans first used.I’ve endeavoured to add a photo of the clasp.If it’s not worked,sorry for the indecipherable set...
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    Thanks so much for your positive comments,The...

    Thanks so much for your positive comments,The makers mark is H@SL,and I’ve tried all the British hall marking sites but can’t trace it.I will try and download som more pics if I can find out how..(...
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    Sorry,computer numpty here ,sent two identical...

    Sorry,computer numpty here ,sent two identical pictures....Back to the Merlot!!
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    Second chance pearls

    This Pearl strand was covered in gunk when I first saw it,the clasp was so dirty you couldn’t see the individual pearls in the settingThe silk was stretched and had frayed completely from the...
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    Thanks so much,both of you for a quick reply,I’m...

    Thanks so much,both of you for a quick reply,I’m sad that the lady didn’t care or know about the significance of her pearls,but delighted that I can treasure them.I will endeavour to post photos once...
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    Traditional gift?

    I have just bought some pearls from an Indian lady who had them sent from India as a wedding gift.I haven’t received them yet,so no photos,but the strand is 10 1/2 inches long,on gold wire...
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    Old wives tale true?

    I read recently that in Victorian times some ladies maids were in great demand to wear their mistresses pearls before “ the season” because their skin bought a glow to the natural pearls that had...
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    Don’t know if this has any bearing,but a few...

    Don’t know if this has any bearing,but a few years ago I bought an antique string of natural pearls,with lab report and xrays,in Milan,for half of what I could have paid in the U.K.Possibly Italian...
  25. When were cultured pearls first available to buy?

    Lately I have noticed “reputable” antique and vintage sites offering Victorian,and Edwardian cultured pearls,and sticking dates on like 1900s 1910.I can appreciate that possibly the clasp could be...
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