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  1. Candyce, Lori has not visited the forum since...

    Candyce, Lori has not visited the forum since 2016. Perhaps you could elaborate more on what you are looking for, and someone who knows sources may be able to help you.
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    It definitely would look better if restrung. ...

    It definitely would look better if restrung. Silk absorbs moisture, skin oils and general environmental pollution over time. The silk becomes grimy and stretches, leaving gaps in the necklace, and...
  3. It looks very nice!

    It looks very nice!
  4. Based on your photos I think you made the better...

    Based on your photos I think you made the better choice by keeping the larger, rosier PP strand.
  5. There is no standardized grading for pearls. Each...

    There is no standardized grading for pearls. Each vendor sets their own grading scale.

    From your photos the luster seems about the same, so I think you should ask yourself:

    1. Which size would...
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    Hi Vintage, Likely they are cultured akoyas.

    Hi Vintage,
    Likely they are cultured akoyas.
  7. That is a great use for the pearl! I love drop...

    That is a great use for the pearl! I love drop shaped pearl pendants.
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    How cool is that, Red! I love the color of the...

    How cool is that, Red! I love the color of the umbalite pendant garnet in particular.
  9. It's real. It's a bead-nucleated freshwater...

    It's real. It's a bead-nucleated freshwater pearl. Nice metallic luster there!
  10. Those are graduated cultured akoya pearls. Check...

    Those are graduated cultured akoya pearls. Check the clasp for metal content but I assume it's white gold rather than silver, as it doesn't appear tarnished.

    These graduated strands were...
  11. Yes, I agree with the above comments. Possibly...

    Yes, I agree with the above comments. Possibly SSP but too much money for those shapes.
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    I tend to agree with Pattye. For that amount of...

    I tend to agree with Pattye. For that amount of time they should be okay in a bank safety deposit box.
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    It is a nice strand though-- as Marianne said,...

    It is a nice strand though-- as Marianne said, well matched-- and buying retail in a jewelry store always costs more. Sometimes a lot more.

    Also, most jewelers have a very limited selection of...
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    As Marianne said, these are freshwater pearls...

    As Marianne said, these are freshwater pearls cultured in China, solid nacre. That oval shape used to be called "rice" shape. Many of us have a set of those pearls.

    At the time you bought...
  15. Thread: My pearls

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    Definitely not too much! The earring beads were...

    Definitely not too much! The earring beads were probably worked by machine rather than by hand.
  16. Thread: My pearls

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    Welcome Ojoj! The earrings look like mother of...

    Welcome Ojoj!

    The earrings look like mother of pearl (shell rather than pearls) and the necklace is cultured freshwater "rice krispie" pearls from China, which were common in the 1970s to early...
  17. That looks right! Does anyone here make a...

    That looks right!
    Does anyone here make a square knot when stringing?
  18. Here it is: 74382 I think it's a double...

    Here it is:
    74382

    I think it's a double overhand knot. I use this knot when there is a larger than normal drill hole that I'm afraid the regular overhand knot will get lost inside.
    ...
  19. Thread: Covid-19

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    Lisa, what about your library? Ours is closed, ...

    Lisa, what about your library? Ours is closed, but they are planning to start a scheduled "park and pick up" service for library materials.
  20. Thread: Covid-19

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    Oh my goodness, Cathy! :eek:

    Oh my goodness, Cathy! :eek:
  21. Thread: Covid-19

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    I know how much that pool meant to you, Lisa. :(...

    I know how much that pool meant to you, Lisa. :( Our town pool isn't opening this year either....but the number of cases is so high in CT that we wouldn't go swimming anyway.
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    Sticky: Audrie013, thanks for sharing your pearls, and...

    Audrie013, thanks for sharing your pearls, and welcome to Pearl Guide!
  23. I suspect you were thinking of larkshead knots,...

    I suspect you were thinking of larkshead knots, but I don't use those either. They look too asymmetrical to me.
  24. Actually, no-- I don't use half hitch knots,...

    Actually, no-- I don't use half hitch knots, ever, when knotting pearls. Just regular overhand knots (and sometimes doubled a..k.a jeweler's knots.) When finishing an endless strand I make a...
  25. If the knots aren't holding, and it's for a...

    If the knots aren't holding, and it's for a client, I'd go ahead and use a little glue. Better safe than sorry.
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