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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert newberry's Avatar
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    If you want the certificate of completion you will have to go back and take the tests after they have been added.

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Purranha's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by newberry View Post
    If you want the certificate of completion you will have to go back and take the tests after they have been added.
    Lol yikes I raced through the course "hoping" to be able to skip that steps! lol.

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Purranha's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Urchin View Post
    Purrhana, that Tahitian strand looks like it was specially chosen for that gorgeous cat. Er, it wasn't, right?
    Lolol omg Sea Urchin there are other pics floating around PG of Purranha wearing holy grail ripple, WSSP, etc all looking better than they do on me! But no I shall not let her claim my pearls (yet)!

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    I am so dense...I just got the play on words "Purranha" LoL.

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Purranha's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPearlDudeDC View Post
    I am so dense...I just got the play on words "Purranha" LoL.
    lololol omg!!! I thought it was so clever!

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    Pearl Maven Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Caitlin's Avatar
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    Just curious... Do I have to take the course to get the certificate? Or, can I just get one?

    This is going to be THE certificate that counts in the future of pearls IMO!! Jeremy's editing has been sheer genius! I supplied the first draft words, relying heavily on Strack in content and style and somewhat on the choppy GIA course - love the thick pages though! - and he infused the magic!

    And this one, being on line will be immediately responsive to editing and new content- for instance both Strack and the GIA course were weak on marketing sections, and also years out of date. Fortunately Jeremy is absolutely up-to-date himself, and so the CPAA must emerge out of its cloistered ivory tower of same ol', same ol', and become an actual FORCE in the pearl world.

    Now that Jeremy got active and showed them how to do stuff they were Luddites about, I expect the hear a lot more about the growing importance of the CPAA to the world pearl market. And that joining the CPAA has the expectation of its members becoming perpetual pearl students though they may not know THAT until they get hooked on learning about pearls. Since the producers, importers, wholesalers etc. of pearls - and the retail jewelers - can all be members of the CPAA, membership brings them all into contact. Feedback, and all that good stuff will really open the pearl channels in everyone. The discourse on pearls should reach at least the height of dispelling the myths about a grain of sand, etc and will probably do far more than that, in bringing pearls into the collective consciousness of a world market.

    It is a fact that the more people learn about pearls, the more they want different kinds of pearls. Once they glimpse that lustrous World of Pearls, they will all act like members of Pearl-Guide.com!!!

    Did anyone mention the CPAA's new bulletin, blog, thingy that promotes the marketing of pearls. It is new, another part of Jeremy's total shakeup of the CPAA and its BoD, but let's check back in in a year's time, or so, and see how it has created new channels to pour pearls into!!!

    I am hoping that the retail jewelry business will take advantage of this course and learn how easy it is to market pearls - when you know what you are talking about. Perhaps........perhaps, no longer will we tell each other what some jeweler said to one of us about pearls that was so laughable, it was repeated over here
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    If you need any help with the Cortez Pearl section...I am here to Help
    And I can supply photos and videos too!

    Now I really need to take a photo of our cat "Zenobia" wearing pearls and sitting on my computer to match Purranah's and afterwards: have our Company join in the CPAA!
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    haha yes please! glad my baby furry Purranha is setting the gold standard for the kitties of Pearl-Guide! #proudmama

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    "Pets and Pearls" would be a great thread! Also, I too just figured out "Purrhana." Before, I just thought it was a person name from a foreign country or something.

    I love the new pearls course. So far, I've learned quite a lot and had a few "aha!" moments where the pieces that I already did know came together and made more sense. At the same time, it's presented in short bits and in an interesting way, rather than being textbook drudgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GemGeek View Post
    Excellent advice!
    agree with this

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    Caitlin: Didn't you WRITE part of the course? I think that should count.

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    Pearl Maven Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Caitlin's Avatar
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    Hey bweaves!

    I wrote the first draft, well over 20,000 words. Jeremy was my editor - and what a masterful job he did! I put down the facts according to The GIA and Strack, and he added the magic.
    Caitlin

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    Much thanks to all involved in creating this fantastic new course! I am 51% through, and really enjoying learning about the history of the industry, as well as recent innovations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newberry View Post
    If you want the certificate of completion you will have to go back and take the tests after they have been added.
    Oh, good to know! Maybe I'll wait until the quizzes are added before I go any further. My memory isn't what it used to be.

    I've been doing one section at a time. Yesterday was Tahitians, later today will be SS, etc.

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    I was just curious if it is still being refined? I know initially they were looking for input on typos etc.

    I just finished the course (along with quiz sections) and I noticed there were still some typos/grammar issues, not that I am an expert but they did catch my eye enough to make me re-read passages/paragraphs.

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