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    If you ever find out what the gemstone stone in...

    If you ever find out what the gemstone stone in the clasp, we would love to know, tis a treasure for sure.

    You have pearls given to you by your Mum which is a treasure in itself, with some...
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    Do let us know how you get on and I hope this has...

    Do let us know how you get on and I hope this has a happy outcome.
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    I used to average two to three strands a week,...

    I used to average two to three strands a week, one of the challenges is that there are various systems each with their own ‘personality’ so to speak, on how to install them, and how to thread and...
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    Hello dducey, they look like salt water Akoya...

    Hello dducey, they look like salt water Akoya pearls. But the pearls are not top quality, that you would expect of a Mikimoto strand, I can see lots of inconsistencies in the pearls colour and nacre....
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    Yes you do have to drill the hole bigger to...

    Yes you do have to drill the hole bigger to accommodate the “ mystery clasp”.

    There are various styles of mystery clasp mechanism, each having its own requirements, it isn’t a one size fits all...
  6. Thread: Cut Pearls

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    Thank you for letting me know the rings are...

    Thank you for letting me know the rings are vintage, the designs looked a little Retro.
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    Rokor, I have looked at your jade clasp a few...

    Rokor, I have looked at your jade clasp a few times, drool worthy it is.
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    Sublime those pearls are, hope you get back to...

    Sublime those pearls are, hope you get back to full health soon to enjoy those very special pearls.
  9. Thread: Cut Pearls

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    Hello Xtcnation and welcome to the forum. Spot...

    Hello Xtcnation and welcome to the forum.

    Spot on Douglas, Used to see 3/4 pearls quite a lot back in the day :-) in earrings, pendants and rings, usually Akoya pearls.
    You don’t see them as much...
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    Focussing solely on breaking strength in the...

    Focussing solely on breaking strength in the context of stringing these beautiful keshi’s is overkill. And in my view it’s not necessary to leap towards what I would characterise as engineered...
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    FabUlous Camille, the work in progress photo’s...

    FabUlous Camille, the work in progress photo’s are terrific, shows the intricacy of your work in progress.
    Well done you!
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    Gosh they are really drool worthy, even more...

    Gosh they are really drool worthy, even more special they were given to you on Valentine’s Day.
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    Magnificent, both strands, you wear them both...

    Magnificent, both strands, you wear them both well.....congratulations!
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    Hello Faith, why not put the pearls on fishing...

    Hello Faith, why not put the pearls on fishing line temporarily, that way you can see the holes as you remove them. Do this over paper, and if they are flaking it will fall onto the paper and be...
  15. Bump for a great book As I wrote in another...

    Bump for a great book

    As I wrote in another thread - I give Anna’s book a rating of ten out of ten.
    I often use the book as a reference, more often than not I just love to sift through the pages...
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    Great work Wendy, I actually snorted when I read...

    Great work Wendy, I actually snorted when I read this.

    My rule of thumb is, if its being raised on Etsy, Ebay, or any tele-marketing channels, and it hasn't been previously written about in the...
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    Hi Rokor, great thread For me, functionality...

    Hi Rokor, great thread

    For me, functionality of a clasp is very important. For instance I have a vintage brass filigree clasp, oh boy the click of the tongue as it is inserted mmmm! It puts many...
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    Oh looking forward to seeing the dismantling and...

    Oh looking forward to seeing the dismantling and various stages of the project.
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    Good on you for giving it a go- are you fulling...

    Good on you for giving it a go- are you fulling restringing the necklace or repairing the section on its own?
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    They look like Akoya to me. Vintage Akoya pearls...

    They look like Akoya to me.
    Vintage Akoya pearls can look like this.
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    77433 Well ain’t that the cats whiskers.

    77433

    Well ain’t that the cats whiskers.
  22. 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...
  23. 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,...
  25. 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...
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