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  1. Wow!! Amazing-- and cute!

    Wow!! Amazing-- and cute!
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    Interesting, Marianne, thanks for posting. What...

    Interesting, Marianne, thanks for posting. What thickness of Stringth did you use, if you recall? With Power Pro there is a difference in the suppleness of the 10#, 20# and 30# test (and higher). ...
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    Rio Grande does indeed sell Stringth in many...

    Rio Grande does indeed sell Stringth in many colors, Narcissa. Perhaps not as many or the same as Beaders Secret, however. I don't see the grays that many of us use. See my link.
    But I'm...
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    Now I'm curious about Stringth. I see Rio...

    Now I'm curious about Stringth. I see Rio carries it in an assortment of colors and 3 weights. The middle weight has a 23# test strength, and it's supposed to be slippery.
    Tempted to test...
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    Sticky: Thanks newberry and 2thdktr. What with stopping...

    Thanks newberry and 2thdktr. What with stopping to take photos and post them, it was a while before I managed to get out the door! :p

    The pearls picked up the color of the walls: Benjamin Moore...
  6. Great topic, Pattye! People new to stringing...

    Great topic, Pattye!

    People new to stringing may be afraid to break the thread, and so fail to tighten the knot enough. Then gaps form between the pearls.

    Testing the breaking point of any...
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    I bought 2 from Rio Grande, after getting my...

    I bought 2 from Rio Grande, after getting my first one from Pearl Paradise.
    On Rio search for "silver oval push clasp". In Rio the small sterling ones cost $17.32 (with decreasing prices if one...
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    The sterling silver ones are rhodium plated, if...

    The sterling silver ones are rhodium plated, if that helps. Mine have not tarnished.
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    Sticky: Very nice, 86Corvettegirl!

    Very nice, 86Corvettegirl!
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    Sticky: Thanks ladies! My eyes popped when I saw what...

    Thanks ladies! My eyes popped when I saw what the light coming in the window was doing with them. :)

    How are there people in the world who don't love pearls? :p
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    Sticky: Dashing out for a quick trip to the library, I...

    Dashing out for a quick trip to the library, I stopped to brush my teeth, looked up and this is what I saw in the mirror. The light was unreal today; the pearls were just glowing and metallic .
    ...
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    Sticky: I like the neck shot of the Tahitians. And your...

    I like the neck shot of the Tahitians.
    And your kitty...such beautiful coloring, and the green eyes--!
  13. Hi Wendy! Welcome to Pearl Guide. I had a...

    Hi Wendy! Welcome to Pearl Guide.

    I had a look at the two shops you mentioned.

    The Tahitians listed on MartinInspired's shop seem to be real Tahitians.

    TheCalloftheIslands sells Cook...
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    That looks really nice -- clean surface and deep...

    That looks really nice -- clean surface and deep gold color! You must post photos when it arrives!!

    As to GNAF I'm guessing the GN probably means "golden" and the AF is probably some other stock...
  15. Do post photos when you get them-- or when you...

    Do post photos when you get them-- or when you give them! :)
  16. I'm just your friendly neighborhood enabler! :)

    I'm just your friendly neighborhood enabler! :)
  17. Sticky: Glad for the validation, Pattye! Good idea on...

    Glad for the validation, Pattye! Good idea on the pin as well.
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    I like that X pattern. The grooves echo the...

    I like that X pattern. The grooves echo the rings of the pearls. :)
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    That depends. Your pearl are baroque-- are they...

    That depends. Your pearl are baroque-- are they a bit longer than wide? If so maybe a clasp that echoes that shape might be good-- something longer than it is wide.
  20. It's a good idea to buy the earrings and bracelet...

    It's a good idea to buy the earrings and bracelet at the same time even if there is not special pricing, because then they can match the tone better.

    Akoya pearls don't really get larger than...
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    Here are 2 pages of one-strand 14K white gold...

    Here are 2 pages of one-strand 14K white gold clasps from Rio Grande; some are closeouts:
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  22. Also I highly recommend this book-- specifically...

    Also I highly recommend this book-- specifically the updated 6th edition. It is full of excellent information and photos. Every pearl buyer ought to have a copy IMO.

    Pearl Buying Guide (6th...
  23. Hmmm...yes, I'll add this. I used to think I...

    Hmmm...yes, I'll add this.

    I used to think I wanted the classic round, white, smallish pearls. They were my ideal.

    But over the years I have definitely switched over to preferring larger,...
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    I agree with Lady Disdain about using gray thread...

    I agree with Lady Disdain about using gray thread for those pearls.
  25. Good idea avoiding dangles when there is a...

    Good idea avoiding dangles when there is a toddler! No tugging on earrings!
    Also I think 8-9mm is a very good size.

    I have bought from and recommend Pearl Paradise (many necklaces and earrings),...
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