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    Default Vintage Pearls with Opal Clasp

    I recently purchased a pearl necklace with an opal clasp (14k) marked with a curvise "H".
    I don't know a lot about pearls but was looking to get a strand second hand and I couldn't pass on this beautiful, unique clasp.
    I have a few questions I was hoping you could help with:
    Any idea on the type of pearl? (they are 6 mm)
    What about the luster? Obviously they are not the best pearls ever but they seemed pretty nice to my untrained eye.
    Does anyone know about the clasp? I have seen some other posts on-line about this trademark but haven't seen a definitive answer on the maker.

    Thanks for your time!
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    Welcome to Pearl Guide!

    That is a really pretty clasp! Your pearls are likely cultured akoya pearls.

    Pearls are best judged against a white background. Could you take a few more photos, including a few closeups of the pearls, especially any blemishes?

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    The "H" looks like the one Honora Pearl uses on their necklaces. They specialize in freshwater pearls, but also sell akoya and other saltwater pearls. The clasp is beautiful!
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    Thank you for your input
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    I think there are not opals (gem), on the clasp, but opaline glass, used to look like real opal, but clasp is elegant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericw View Post
    I think there are not opals (gem), on the clasp, but opaline glass, used to look like real opal, but clasp is elegant.
    Oh no! Does mean it's not worth as much? I hope I didn't over pay.

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    Oooohhh I think that clasp is still beautiful even if it isn't real.
    You can never be too dressed-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lary007 View Post
    Oooohhh I think that clasp is still beautiful even if it isn't real.
    I agree with you.
    Some "moon stones" (hecatolite) look like that, too

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    Honora Pearls used to sell akoyas, so if this is a vintage strand, they could be akoya pearls. Honora only sells freshwater pearls now, and sometimes South Sea pearls, but their clasps are on the less expensive side.

    Can you give us several better views of the top of the clasp? I cannot tell from the photos if they are real opals or glass, either. If you move the clasp around, does the play of color shift? Tip the clasp in different directions, and rotate it, so we can see if the gems might be opals or not. It is a pretty clasp, either way, and they are real pearls and the clasp is 14K gold, so it's still a very nice necklace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWeaves View Post
    Honora Pearls used to sell akoyas, so if this is a vintage strand, they could be akoya pearls. Honora only sells freshwater pearls now, and sometimes South Sea pearls, but their clasps are on the less expensive side.

    Can you give us several better views of the top of the clasp? I cannot tell from the photos if they are real opals or glass, either. If you move the clasp around, does the play of color shift? Tip the clasp in different directions, and rotate it, so we can see if the gems might be opals or not. It is a pretty clasp, either way, and they are real pearls and the clasp is 14K gold, so it's still a very nice necklace.
    I agree with BWeaves: if iridescences are changing by differents angles, maybe opals are true, but looking at the light coming through the edge, I have a doubt. Anyway, opaline glass was an esteemed material to make old jewels: look at how marvellous pieces have been made by Lalique and Tiffany with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boaconrp View Post
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    Thank you for shootings. Yes, seen under this light, these stones are true opals.

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    I paid $430 for this strand. Do you think that is a good price?

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    I also think they are opals after those pictures, too. I have tons that look like this and have very similar play of color.
    You can never be too dressed-up.

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