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    Default White vs Natural White

    I’m sure this has been covered before but a search with the terms “white, natural white” brings up a whole, big variety of threads.

    I’d love to see pictures of your white and/or natural white akoyas.

    I’ve gotten a picture from PP, which helps, but I’d love real life examples too.
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    Here are a few threads you may want to look at with comparison photos:

    Hanadama pearls from Pearl Paradise.com

    Natural white Hanadama vs White Hanadama

    and her followup thread about the natural whites she got:
    My natural white Hanadama necklace

    BTW, pinked akoyas will look white against your skin. I have pinked baroque akoyas that look white on my neck.


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    Thank you! This is helpful. I originally thought I’d want “natural white” akoyas because I tend to like natural things, but I’m thinking “white” is what I’m ultimately looking for. I want the pearls I get to be a bit creamy; not yellow-y nor stark white.

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    The quality of light is so important to see colours! It would be interesting to know how pearls colours are changing under more or less UV quantity in the light. We don't see UV ourself, these waves don't spread like others, but fluorescence effects make often colours varying among them without we are able to understand what it's happening.
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    Older akoya pearls can be a bit creamy. I got this strand at a consignment shop last year:
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    Your original photo from PP is exactly what my Natural White Hanadamas and pinked baroque akoyas from PP look like. I don't think I could take a better photo. I also have pinked Hanadama earrings and they look great with my Natural White Hanadama rope.

    I love both colors of pearls. You really cannot go wrong with either color. The pink color neutralizes itself when worn against skin and looks white.

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    PD - That necklace was a great find !!

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    Thanks, Katbran-- I was lucky that day.

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    I figured I’d throw in my example too. Comparison of natural white and white hanadamas from PP. the naturals were more metallic, but I found it made them look a bit too yellow against my skin so I went with the regular ones. Name:  3CDEDA9B-E512-484D-B5A4-18C36FF20717.jpg
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    One more... the naturals look a lot more white in this photo. I have to admit I was torn. Loved the metallic sharp luster of the naturals, but the regular ones almost had this supernatural glow to them when I put them on. Hard to explain. Name:  705738F7-2749-4EB9-9E09-7CB75D4AB640.jpg
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    There is no right or wrong to pearls . Not everything, no matter how rare or expensive, looks good on everyone. Gold SS are a good example. Sometimes the less expensive colours suit one better than the very dark gold. You just go with what looks best on you and grabs your heart! They are both beautiful strands !

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    There are pearls for every skin tone! The fun is in finding what looks best on you.

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    I personally prefer "regular" Hanadama, the rose overtones adds another layer of interest to the pearls.

    But it's all personal preference...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katbran View Post
    There is no right or wrong to pearls . Not everything, no matter how rare or expensive, looks good on everyone. Gold SS are a good example. Sometimes the less expensive colours suit one better than the very dark gold. You just go with what looks best on you and grabs your heart! They are both beautiful strands !
    I think that might be the case for me. I would love to try some golden south seas in a paler color for myself, since I’m sadly just too light to pull off the gorgeous golds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Canning View Post
    I personally prefer "regular" Hanadama, the rose overtones adds another layer of interest to the pearls.

    But it's all personal preference...
    I am the opposite. There is a depth and glow to the natural whites that I love. But it is absolutely a preference.

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