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  1. Thread: Akoya studs

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    The drill holes appear to be a bit too large. The...

    The drill holes appear to be a bit too large. The optimal hole size for most findings is 0.8 mm, a size that can be widened to just about fit any post when needed. If the drill holes are that large,...
  2. Thread: Hong Kong!

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    Love the photos! You saw parts of Hong Kong I've...

    Love the photos! You saw parts of Hong Kong I've never seen in all my trips! ;)
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    Some of us will be meeting at The Mira lobby bar...

    Some of us will be meeting at The Mira lobby bar at 6:30 and walking over to the restaurant at 7:15, so if you want to join ... !
  4. Thread: Hong Kong!

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    Everybody is shopping as fast as they can to beat...

    Everybody is shopping as fast as they can to beat the storm!!!
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    I know there are more than one Tsui Hang Village,...

    I know there are more than one Tsui Hang Village, so just be sure you're all coming to the one in TST!

    Shop 507, L5, Mira Place 1, 132 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong
  6. Thread: Hong Kong!

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    Don't scare me! Dinner is tomorrow night, lol!

    Don't scare me! Dinner is tomorrow night, lol!
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    If it happens, it won't be our first here and...

    If it happens, it won't be our first here and probably not our last! The one hitting the Carolinas is looking a lot scarier!

    It's 7 am and almost SHOWTIME :)
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    Of course! We are now up to 14 people!

    Of course! We are now up to 14 people!
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    We are up to eight (one confirmation offline)!

    We are up to eight (one confirmation offline)!
  10. Thread: My Tahitians

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    This is the article I was referencing. It's from...

    This is the article I was referencing. It's from 2013. So if it's correct, they've known how to use real stones for a long time, and the conclusion of the article states that samples were tested. If...
  11. Thread: My Tahitians

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    There was an article published a few years ago by...

    There was an article published a few years ago by Laurent Cartier of SSEF that detailed how it could work. If I recall correctly, a plastic or some other material nucleus is inserted first and a...
  12. Hisano's special gold South Sea keshi pearls from the Philippines

    Some of you will probably recognize this strand of pearls. It's the special strand of gold keshi Jacques brought to the Ruckus last month. Several people wanted to purchase it from him, but it was...
  13. Thread: My Tahitians

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    They were never described as imitation or...

    They were never described as imitation or simulated until the SSEF complained to a CPAA member about a year and a half ago. It appeared, nobody selling them in the US knew they were imitation. RC...
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    So far Jeg, Baby Nurse, Cees ... Hisano,...

    So far Jeg, Baby Nurse, Cees ... Hisano, Alexandra and myself - six and counting!
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    Dinner in Hong Kong on Thursday night?

    Hisano and I will be hosting dinner in Hong Kong, 7:30 pm on Thursday evening after the show. Can you let me know if you're going to make it so we can reserve a large enough table!
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    Best wishes from all of us Eric. We hope for your...

    Best wishes from all of us Eric. We hope for your recovery.
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    Welcome! There are definitely some special pearls...

    Welcome! There are definitely some special pearls in that multi-color strand! I see metallics and some special colors.
  18. This seems like such an easily spottable scam - a...

    This seems like such an easily spottable scam - a simple algorithm would flag this seller in a nanosecond. One has to believe eBay is fully aware and is complicit in allowing their customers to be...
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    We will be there. We are spending a few days in...

    We will be there. We are spending a few days in Shanghai before heading to Hong Kong but will be there for the entire show.
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    They can be washed or left out in fresh air. The...

    They can be washed or left out in fresh air. The smell will eventually go away. But they should definitely come off the string. They should not have been knotted with that smell present.
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    A lot of times they appear to have micro-cracks...

    A lot of times they appear to have micro-cracks all over them. I've seen coated ones too that you can prick with a needle.

    The smell you're describing happens with circled pearls sometimes. It's...
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    No, this company (based in Hong Kong) does not...

    No, this company (based in Hong Kong) does not sell natural pearls.
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    I wouldn't say Tahitian pearls aren't treated....

    I wouldn't say Tahitian pearls aren't treated. For the most part they aren't, except as mentioned above. But there are companies in China that coat, heat and color Tahitians that might otherwise be...
  24. They do have some really interesting looking...

    They do have some really interesting looking pieces there.








    Jeremy Shepherd
  25. Nice job Johnpeter! Cheating people selling...

    Nice job Johnpeter! Cheating people selling freshwater pearls are South Sea and thinking it a good idea to show your scam on a board of pearl experts, lol.

    This is typically the kind of spam that...
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