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  1. Trust is something that is built over time -...

    Trust is something that is built over time - based on our interactions with a specific part, others experiences, our experiences from the past. If it lands in a place where our trust is betrayed,...
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    I agree that for pearls, it's worth it to buy...

    I agree that for pearls, it's worth it to buy them outside of the EU. I mostly have. It's the smaller purchases, just crossing the line of $12, that are tricky. This is even for used items or things...
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    "You might ask Wendy at Pearlescence if she has...

    "You might ask Wendy at Pearlescence if she has some she could sell you."
    Unfortunately Brexit now being in effect, puts purchases from the UK in the same booth as anywhere else outside of the EU....
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    The EU is changing the rules from this summer -...

    The EU is changing the rules from this summer - which will be a great help for smaller purchases. Instead of a lower limit and then, BAM, fees on top of the VAT, every purchase from outside the EU...
  5. I have both a baroque white and gold SSP...

    I have both a baroque white and gold SSP necklace. The clasps fit together so these days I am wearing them connected like a rope since I can't afford to also get an ombre necklace.

    If your wife...
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    I believe one choice is in the US and the other...

    I believe one choice is in the US and the other in Australia.

    Being in Europe, I'll get fleeced either way in customs and fees if something costs more than $12 so first I'll look at what I...
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    Thank you, Marianne. I'll get some needles too....

    Thank you, Marianne. I'll get some needles too. Almost out, anyway.

    I'll cut it apart this afternoon and take a closer look at the size of the holes. Can't believe someone actually drilled them...
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    Thank you, Bernadette. I'll try to find out...

    Thank you, Bernadette.

    I'll try to find out what size I can use.
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    Pattye, our beloved and active forum member, is...

    Pattye, our beloved and active forum member, is in Portland, OR.
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    Thank you, Pareltje and Pearl Dreams! I'll...

    Thank you, Pareltje and Pearl Dreams!

    I'll check what special thread I already have and otherwise get shopping.
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    Pareltje and Pearl Dreams - do you use the thread...

    Pareltje and Pearl Dreams - do you use the thread to string like any other pearl necklace? Considering soft wire too. I have one on wire with tiny garnets that works well. I just never used wire...
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    What to use for tiny keshi?

    Years ago I made a three stranded bracelet with akoya keshi and morganites. And I never used it, in part because I strung it on silk but it is thin and dainty that I am afraid to break it. I was...
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    Great tip, Douglas! Have you tried to rub two...

    Great tip, Douglas!

    Have you tried to rub two of the suspect pearls gently against each other? Fakes will be smooth and real pearls slightly gritty. If you have a loop, the surface of the fake...
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    Good job! Still makes me curious what species...

    Good job!

    Still makes me curious what species is then the fantastic new producer of Tahiti-like pearls. Or maybe that will be withdrawn too. Makes you wonder what they had. Back at dyed FW?

    -...
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    There is a vague nagging in the back of my mind...

    There is a vague nagging in the back of my mind about if the pearls are just a little too shiny and perfect and could be fake.
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    If you check the rest of his/her listings it...

    If you check the rest of his/her listings it should give you an idea if they are deliberately selling misinterpreted. If it's the only pearl necklace, it could be. If they have plenty of pearls, I...
  17. You could look at some of the vendors often...

    You could look at some of the vendors often mentioned here. You should be able to pretty much compare roundness and luster (my tip for looking at luster is to see how sharp the reflection is). You...
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    Sounds like it just got more complicated... I...

    Sounds like it just got more complicated... I wonder how many people are going to end up on PG, having purchased 'akoya' pearls that aren't the real deal and we might not even be able to tell them...
  19. Probably not unbelievable. I've bought from him...

    Probably not unbelievable. I've bought from him several times over the years from his ebay store. Small items, regular auctions or straight purchases and never had a reason to not give a good review....
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    My lack of wearing pearls is nothing new and not...

    My lack of wearing pearls is nothing new and not related to covid-19 :) I have been working remote for over 5 years. I always get dressed and usually work in cafés. They just don't call me to wear...
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    I'm sort of repentant... Some purchases I would...

    I'm sort of repentant... Some purchases I would love to have reversed and the money back in my account. Others just make me feel bad because I rarely wear pearls these days, just the same Kamoka on...
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    That sounds SO much like the mess I got into :D

    That sounds SO much like the mess I got into :D
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    "Excuse Me I’m Speaking" was what Kamala Harris...

    "Excuse Me I’m Speaking" was what Kamala Harris said to Mike Pence in the VP candidate debate when he interrupted her. Politics aside, I'm sure many women have been wanting to say the same for...
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    If you like something other than a perfect, round...

    If you like something other than a perfect, round strand, go for it! They often look a lot more interesting (thinks may of us here) and you get a lot more for your money - and you can layer it with...
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    Keep in mind that even if the clasp is genuine,...

    Keep in mind that even if the clasp is genuine, the pearls might not come from Mikomoto. It is very easy to restring a necklace.

    Personally I would not take the chance of buying Hanadama with...
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