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  1. As Douglas said - when they arrived they where...

    As Douglas said - when they arrived they where simply "Stick Pearls" - later the naming shenanigans began

    All Biwa pearls are freshwater - - but not all freshwater pearls were Biwa

    Are the...
  2. Hello StarryPearl These are called Grommets, and...

    Hello StarryPearl
    These are called Grommets, and readily available online. They make a very neat clean finish on these larger holed pearls.
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    Hello JaciS diamond coated or not coated?...

    Hello JaciS


    diamond coated or not coated?
    I wouldn’t bother with coated bits, the benefits of the coatings aren’t really relevant to drilling pearls

    Plain steel or tungston?
    Your choice,...
  4. I don’t think this would be fraudulent, I reckon...

    I don’t think this would be fraudulent, I reckon this is likely human error on their handling of the paper work.

    This is why it is important to count the pearls on the way in and on the way out...
  5. Hi Lisa, all the above ;-) As I said in my...

    Hi Lisa, all the above ;-)

    As I said in my first post, I have worked on very similar dyed fresh water pearls years back, the posted images being quite familiar in their characteristics to what I...
  6. Hello Nice, I have viewed your pearls a few...

    Hello Nice, I have viewed your pearls a few times, good chance they are dyed fresh water pearls.

    Going back 15/20 years ago, I used to see similar large dyed fresh water pearls coming in...
  7. Thread: My pearls

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    Charlotta, You have mentioned a few times your...

    Charlotta, You have mentioned a few times your Country has not embraced pearls.
    They should make you their pearl ambassador to show case the wonderful pearls and designs of yours.
    The love and...
  8. That really is a fantastic pearl at the hands of...

    That really is a fantastic pearl at the hands of Mother Nature, thank you so much for sharing.
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    Hi Camhatch, in answer to your first post as to...

    Hi Camhatch, in answer to your first post as to someone who makes a living stringing full time.......waves

    I am sort of semi retired now, (The overnight benders are a thing of the past) I have had...
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    Hello Pearlescence- I think you missed what was...

    Hello Pearlescence- I think you missed what was written - what I wrote is that this appears to be a mount that’s a pin through the shank, no pegs or unsupported elements, this type of structure is...
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    Hi eeeck, you have a gorgeous ring there- I very...

    Hi eeeck, you have a gorgeous ring there- I very much doubt there are pegs involved in the setting.

    The images although not best quality, appear to show a pin mount (the correct name escapes me...
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    They are certainly freshwater pearls, however I...

    They are certainly freshwater pearls, however I have some doubts on assigning China as the origin.
    They could also be vintage Japanese Biwa pearls.

    I have a Biwa strand, with provenance, that I...
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    Thanks Douglas for the picture memory. My...

    Thanks Douglas for the picture memory.

    My recollection of the floating necklace back in the early nineties was of a single diamond or pearl suspended on wire or cable.
    Was very effective too.
    ...
  14. As the Tin Cup name resurfaces from time to time,...

    As the Tin Cup name resurfaces from time to time, I have posted a short history on this innovative design and the woman who created it

    Tin-Cup-Necklace-History
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    Tin Cup Necklace History

    Most of us have heard of the “tin cup necklace”. But did you know that it was designed by a jewellery designer named Wendy Brigode?

    This was the first time that skin tone coloured cord silk,...
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    Beautiful ring, fabulous idea to have the smaller...

    Beautiful ring, fabulous idea to have the smaller circle of diamonds next to the pearl mmmmmm
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    Bead crocheting or seed beading - someone who...

    Bead crocheting or seed beading - someone who specialises with those techniques, could maybe help with a solution

    I do neither, but I love to knot, the picture is of a necklace I have made using...
  18. Thread: got tiaras?

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    Gosh Lilpearl, what gorgeous pictures of your...

    Gosh Lilpearl, what gorgeous pictures of your daughter.
    She really does the tiara justice.
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    Yes and no, the design started life as a pendant...

    Yes and no, the design started life as a pendant bail, one thing led to another and at the time I had bench space at a manufacturing jewellers and in collaboration with the jeweller the bail became...
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    Another option is to approach a local bench...

    Another option is to approach a local bench jeweller (Someone who is actually creating items versus being only a shopfront\reseller)

    You can then get something made that is not "run-of-the-mill"...
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    Hello Wandabadanda Regarding the bracelet - you...

    Hello Wandabadanda
    Regarding the bracelet - you may have a repair option by seeking out a workshop with either a Pulse Welder or a laser welder.

    You can do repairs which previously would have...
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    Hello and welcome to the forum, the pictures you...

    Hello and welcome to the forum, the pictures you have submitted are not clear.

    Having said that, the clasp looks vintage, and the box looks vintage too- everything looks to matchup so far, and...
  23. Hi dowzer, I have had a look at the necklaces...

    Hi dowzer, I have had a look at the necklaces that you mentioned- all of the strands have been "finished off" via the pearls with thread, definitely no cable used, including the one with the “end...
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    I agree with Katbran, always have the peg/post a...

    I agree with Katbran, always have the peg/post a snug fit with minimal gap to ensure a good glue joint.
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    Hello Dobo and Douglas Here is the direct link -...

    Hello Dobo and Douglas
    Here is the direct link - https://www.abc.net.au/landline/pure-and-perfect:-farming-pearls-in-cooler/12352912

    Regarding the production volume, not explicitly but they drop...
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