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    Real pearls: 1. cultured pearls (i.e. farmed...

    Real pearls:
    1. cultured pearls (i.e. farmed pearls)-- today's pearl market is a cultured pearl market.
    2. natural (i.e. wild pearls, which form without any human intervention)-- while there are...
  2. I love Red Tailed Hawks! There is a large hawk...

    I love Red Tailed Hawks! There is a large hawk that occasionally sits atop a telephone pole at the back of your yard, near our shed. We saw him a few days ago, surveying the area; he sat there for a...
  3. I would conclude that that certificate is not for...

    I would conclude that that certificate is not for that strand.
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    That's what confused me, BWeaves. I thought they...

    That's what confused me, BWeaves. I thought they were all the same photo.
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    I like the top and middle strands of the...

    I like the top and middle strands of the Freshadamas and the middle strand of the Hanadamas.
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    I get you now. Let me flip that first photo...

    I get you now.

    Let me flip that first photo (Freshadamas) so that they're easier to compare.

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    There are 5 strands there. Can you identify each...

    There are 5 strands there. Can you identify each one please, from the top?

    I do have to say they all look fabulous, except I do not personally care for the strand 2nd from the bottom. Maybe it's...
  8. I'm afraid I have to agree there....the bands of...

    I'm afraid I have to agree there....the bands of low luster in the middle are particularly bad. If it were me I'd eliminate those and make a bracelet from the rest.
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    I have 2 UV lights, both long wave. It is not...

    I have 2 UV lights, both long wave. It is not that they are fluorescing-- being shiny, they are reflecting back the color of the light. Photos later.
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    Interesting...I immediately thought they were dyed fwp. They look like so many dyed fwp I've seen.
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    Lovely orient! The play of colors happens...

    Lovely orient! The play of colors happens because of the diffraction and refraction of light between the layers of the nacre.
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    I actually prefer rubbing the pearls together...

    I actually prefer rubbing the pearls together rather than rubbing against my tooth. Seems more sanitary.

    As for the UV light, that identifies Sea of Cortez pearls, which appear red under the...
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    Sorry, we really do need better photos. Larger,...

    Sorry, we really do need better photos. Larger, closer-up would help. Use a white background again and strive for the best focus you can get.
    Please take a close up photo of any blemishes you...
  14. Freshwater pearls, and possibly onyx beads.

    Freshwater pearls, and possibly onyx beads.
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    If it were a bracelet, I'd be more inclined to...

    If it were a bracelet, I'd be more inclined to suggest solid-nacre freshwaters for their durability, since bracelets take more of a beating. A necklace, not so much. A good akoya necklace will...
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    This may help you to understand the relationship...

    This may help you to understand the relationship between the diameter of a pearl and it's size/weight:
    Comparative pearl sizes-- how much difference does 1mm larger really make?


    1mm makes more...
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    Be sure to look at them in different light and...

    Be sure to look at them in different light and with different tops. The appearance of pearls is very much affected by light conditions, and being reflective, the clothes you wear can be reflected...
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    From your photo the finished necklace appears to...

    From your photo the finished necklace appears to be almost 18". Before being knotted up with a clasp, the loose strand is about 16". I say "about" because a strand is made up of a series of...
  19. Thread: Who?

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    I think Douglas called it-- it does look like...

    I think Douglas called it-- it does look like Nichelle Nichols.
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    I think the edges of the cut pearls would feel...

    I think the edges of the cut pearls would feel scratchy.
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    The pearl sac forms from the donor tissue, so I'd...

    The pearl sac forms from the donor tissue, so I'd expect the donor mantle would have the error.

    In cultured pearls, anyway. If it's a natural pearl there is no donor, so then it would have to be...
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    Lovely glow there, Lisa! Today I made a large...

    Lovely glow there, Lisa!

    Today I made a large pot of ratatouille and roasted some chestnuts, and am going to sear some dry scallops for supper. Yum!
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    Baroque nugget freshwaters IMO. I saw these...

    Baroque nugget freshwaters IMO. I saw these shapes in the early 2000s.
  24. Hi momsjewel! Your pearls are baroque...

    Hi momsjewel!

    Your pearls are baroque freshwater pearls from China. Baroque freshwater pearls are the most common kind of pearls, but the upside is that these have solid nacre and are very...
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    Bella and Rio state whether they are plated or...

    Bella and Rio state whether they are plated or solid gold.

    If you can get a local jeweler to order for you, try Stuller.
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