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    It has been "a ride" dear friend. But being...

    It has been "a ride" dear friend. But being locked up due to this pandemic is allowing me to revisit old favorites like this forum that I always recommend
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    Hello there! I might be able to help you since I...

    Hello there! I might be able to help you since I was part of the "Cortez Pearl" team, the first to ever produce cultured pearls under the Fair Trade Gems (2004) list and of the original group of...
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    What I heard at the Tucson Gem Show -from vendors...

    What I heard at the Tucson Gem Show -from vendors that do the HK show, of course- is that they will not do the show, some are saying they will wait until September and others say they will not do it...
  4. This is very good info Pearl Dreams! Thank you :D...

    This is very good info Pearl Dreams! Thank you :D
    I have been trying to understand the true origin of the golden color in pearls for some time, and any information on the subject is very welcomed.
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    Yup! Pearl can and will absorb water...its not...

    Yup! Pearl can and will absorb water...its not like they can become "waterlogged" but they do absorb water from your skin or if you place them in water.
    This would be the basis for the "maeshori"...
  6. Very interesting! Looks like what we call a...

    Very interesting! Looks like what we call a "mole": a pearl that grows in the mantle but is expelled from the sac and attaches itself to the shell.
    The black substance on the shell looks proteinic...
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    Yaaaayyy!!!! Thank you!!!

    Yaaaayyy!!!! Thank you!!!
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    Yup! The reason has to do with the pearl being a...

    Yup! The reason has to do with the pearl being a fully nacreous (heavy) pearl as opposed to a light pearl (gas filled). Gas filled pearls having much organic matter inside of them, sometimes being...
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    NatGeo also did a small program on Cortez Pearls...

    NatGeo also did a small program on Cortez Pearls for their "Weird Farms" series. It's available for rent on several streaming channels. Out of the ordinary program...it's actually more on the funny...
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    Great photos and thank you all for sharing!...

    Great photos and thank you all for sharing! :cool:I also have some pics to share, but I have them here:
    https://1drv.ms/f/s!AgI5kyxHJRBkqNMtn0f5HzI6fNOIjA

    Please feel free to grab the ones you...
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    I know I am! ;)

    I know I am! ;)
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    Great to see the excitement building up! It will...

    Great to see the excitement building up! It will be a fantastic event I am sure :cool:
    Will see you all next Friday (God willing!)
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    I will be arriving sometime during the day...will...

    I will be arriving sometime during the day...will be doing something out of the ordinary: flying into San Diego and taking the Amtrak train to LA.
    Do you have any special requests of Cortez...
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    OMG! I've just seen this thread and it brings me...

    OMG! I've just seen this thread and it brings me tears of Joy to see so many people LOVING my beautiful babies!
    I DEEPLY THANK YOU ALL for loving my babies (Cortez Pearls, Mabe & Keshi...even the...
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    A Regal strand and Crown for a Regal Lady. The...

    A Regal strand and Crown for a Regal Lady. The pearls look amazing on her Majesty and she looks fantastic with her jewellery. Complimentary both ways.
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    Totally Agree with Pearl Dreams :)

    Totally Agree with Pearl Dreams :)
  17. It's very ORGANIC....and Historic!

    It's very ORGANIC....and Historic!
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    Wow! Very interesting piece! Blending different...

    Wow! Very interesting piece! Blending different styles!
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    Natural Cluster Pearls

    This is something special: these are photos (and a video) of natural pearls still in their mother oyster's mantle (the organ that produces nacre and pearl ).

    These tiny pearls are encased in this...
  20. Lovely work and pearls...I really enjoy seeing...

    Lovely work and pearls...I really enjoy seeing faceted and carved pearls. Great artist :)
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    I've used that technique to work with some REALLY...

    I've used that technique to work with some REALLY HARD TO DRILL pearls AND Naturals...when I just can't make a mistake. Please let us know how it went for you! :)
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    Lovely, lovely pearls all :) but I really have a...

    Lovely, lovely pearls all :) but I really have a soft & tender spot for my SoC...those Mabe there have such Erotochromatic colors!
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    My recommendation: purchase a hand-use pearl...

    My recommendation: purchase a hand-use pearl drill so you can manually drill in any possible way. I would also get a strong steel needle (2-3 inches long) and put on fire for some minutes, then with...
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    The Hunt for the Pearl of Lao Tzu!

    Pearls always have an interesting story to share. Some -like La Peregrina- have an amazing history behind them, and others have a story shrouded in time, mystery and deceit! This is the case of the...
  25. I would definitively return them without a blink...

    I would definitively return them without a blink of an eye! (pun intended)
    So many good and affordable pearls from reputable sellers all over...get the pearls that will satisfy your pearly needs...
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