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    Default Not ebay, but similar auction site. Are these dyed freshwater, or....?

    Sometimes you can find treasures on the Goodwill Auction side, but I am mystified by these. Are they tahitians? Dyed freshwaters? I wish I wasn't still so clueless about pearls still. Sometimes it's obvious what they are, but some, like these, I just don't have enough knowledge to figure it out. And I am not paying over $100 for dyed freshwaters, LOL.

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    They look like dyed freshwater pearls to me.

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    The shape, size and color look like freshwater to me.

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    Thank you, then I am passing on them! The help is much appreciated.

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    What Lilliefuzzysocks posted looks like real Tahitian pearls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilliefuzzysocks View Post
    Strange pendant, lilliefuzzysocks, if its pearl is dyed, that's truly a good fake of tahitian. And yet, setting is a rough foundry work and bail thin like a cigarette's paper. Cheap or not cheap? More, in addition with earrings?
    If these pearls are tahitian's, that's less expensive than usual price of this number of such perfectly spherical pearls on wholesale...
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    I agree that that the strand is dyed freshwater pearls, and lillifuzzysocks' listing looks like real Tahitians.
    Eric, it's an auction so the final price has not been decided yet.

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    I agree, Eric. The pendant finding looks rough and the bail appears to be a repair addition. It's a shame how badly some jewelry is treated. The pearl could be soaked off and put on something nicer though.

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    lilliefuzzysocks, I agree you, so weird to see these pearls on such bad settings! An auction to sell only these pearls could be understood, but an auction to try to value a desaster, that's new!
    If pearls are well sticked, it will be difficult to make something else without to damage them.

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    The settings are made to a price. Plenty of people want 14ct gold but want to pay silver price, so the findings are wafer thin. It's not new or unusual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilliefuzzysocks View Post
    Yes, I was half watching those, but I wasn't in love with them, and they'll probably go for way more than they are currently at. In that case, I'd rather just buy some earrings that I loved that were new, or pick the exact pearls I want and set them myself

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    lilliefuzzysocks link certainly look like very nice Tahitians with an inexpensive poorly finished 14kt pendant finding . It's not that hard to get a pearl off but it just takes time if they are really really stuck. Eventually it will come off. Certainly need to be careful of the pin and not twist too much. Be interesting to know the final price.

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    Mmmh, Katbran, looking at the setting of the pendant, if pearl is sticked with epoxy (I beg it's not set on a pin, too much difficult to make by such wrong foundry process), that means metal would be heated up than 230F, not a good treatment for the pearl. Without to talk of removing glue on the pearl itself... But this work is so rough that maybe used glue is also worst quality.
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    Eric, We have a product called Attack that will dissolve just about anything you throw at it. I have a few things soaking today that I put in yesterday.

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