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    Red face Pearls from Palawan, Philippines

    Hi,

    My name is Reema. I recently joined this forum because I love Pearls and I want to get to know about pearls and make informed buying decisions

    I am interested in buying Golden South Sea Pearls and a friend told me about Palawan Pearls. I have connected with a seller online who has 4 Golden Palawan South Sea Pearls, each 12.5mm and according to her, very high quality. She has quoted a price of 18500 Philipinne Peso (about $453 CAD OR $347 USD). I am not sure about the quality of these pearls.

    The colour of the pearls is Gold but not deep gold. The seller was kind enough to send me photos of the pearls and a comparison photo between the gold and deep gold pearls. Name:  Gold Palawan SS Pearls 12.5mm.jpg
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    I find the colour to be very different from some of the other Golden South Sea Pearls I have seen.

    Have these pearls been colour enhanced? I don't have a good idea about the Palawan Pearls or their prices so any guidance will be great and really appreciated

    Take care and warm regards
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    Reema,

    Welcome to the forum! Your pearls look beautiful! However, we've been told there is no way to tell from photos if the pearls are color enhanced and I'm not familiar with Palawan Pearls.
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    Hi Pattye,

    Thank you for your reply. You are right about not being able to tell if the pearls have been colour enhanced from photographs.

    Thanks and warm regards

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    When the pearls are bought from Greenhills in Manila or other markets in the Philippines other than in the stores of Jewelmer, the chance is very high that the pearls are enhanced. The luster is medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cees View Post
    When the pearls are bought from Greenhills in Manila or other markets in the Philippines other than in the stores of Jewelmer, the chance is very high that the pearls are enhanced. The luster is medium.
    Hi Cees,
    Thank you for your reply and for sharing the information about pearls from the Philippines. I have decided not to buy these pearls. I was just not getting a good feeling about the colour and your message has just confirmed my doubts.
    Best regards
    Last edited by Reema; 08-18-2018 at 02:28 PM.

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    Thank you so much, Cees; I trust your opinion. You see many GSS in person, many more than most of us do.
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    You did the right thing. Cees knows his GSS pearls ( and all the other ones as well) and I would trust his opinion. I think the colour looks off especially on the darker pair.

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    Hi Katbran,

    Thank you for your reply. I agree, the colour looks a little off on the dark gold pair. I think it will be best to wait and buy GSS pearls when I am totally confident of the quality. I love pearls and I want to build a good collection which I can enjoy myself and then later on give them to both of my daughters

    Take care and have a lovely weekend

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    I will echo what Katbran said about Cees and his pearls...he really does have a wonderful eye!
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    Purchased as loose GSS pearl from Palawan made into pendant. Light color, but I like it.
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    Hmm, how would you describe the color of the pearl, MTB? On my monitor it looks rather pink? Or it may be reflecting something. It is very pretty!
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    It does look pink in picture, but itʻs actually a light gold. I canʻt seem to get the lighting right in pictures

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    Are you sure it is not an Edison pearl?

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    Hi Cees, not sure. Good to know. Will try to take picture of this pearl next to the pearl I purchased from you and post. Thank you!

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    A white paper towel will show the color better.
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