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    Hi everyone,

    A friend who knows I have been on the hunt for Mississippi River pearls sent me some pics of a strand we think might be some. I can tell they are dirty, but do they look like river pearls or are they imposters masquerading as something old?

    Thank you

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    certainly could be... Not many experts in that type of pearl - I'm certainly not one of them.
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    She sent me pics of the whole strand and clasp. Seller downplaying clasp as possibly gold filled with an onyx and sparkly stones which from this first pic I buy
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    But on this clasp close up it appears to be a dark sapphire and rose cut diamonds. The entire thing is also milgtained which makes me think silver topped gold. I am far from a pearl expert but I know antique jewelry and that is a nice clasp.
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    Interesting. The clasp does look like it could be a sapphire in the close up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 86Corvettegirl View Post
    Interesting. The clasp does look like it could be a sapphire in the close up.
    Mississippi or not, the clasp has gotten my interest way up. I may buy just to see.

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    That is a interesting strand, and I love the clasp. The clasp does look like it could be a lot nicer than advertised.

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    I'd buy it out of curiosity, price depending.

    ETA: I have a hoard of Mississippi River Pearls and while it's difficult to tell from the photo, they certainly could be the real deal. Sellers photos leave a lot to be desired. Also the stone appears more like a blue spinel - I have a MRP brooch that has a very similar looking stone and it's a spinel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSC View Post
    I'd buy it out of curiosity, price depending.

    ETA: I have a hoard of Mississippi River Pearls and while it's difficult to tell from the photo, they certainly could be the real deal. Sellers photos leave a lot to be desired. Also the stone appears more like a blue spinel - I have a MRP brooch that has a very similar looking stone and it's a spinel.
    I did buy it. Once it arrives I will post better pics

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    Oh yes, please keep us posted. this is a facinating strand.

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    This is very interesting . I'll be really interested to know what it's like in RL . The clasp looks great !

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    Thanks everyone. It ships Tuesday due to seller’s travel. I will post pics when it arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerinha View Post
    It ships Tuesday due to sellerís travel.
    So very exciting!

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    I'm excited for you also, Aerinha! A very interesting, vintage strand with lovely clasp! About 10 years ago I purchased a double strand of Mississippi River pearls on ebay, as posted here on the forum. My pearls are still awaiting inspiration and a special clasp, as the original clasp had a glass stone that was broken, so not reusable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattye View Post
    I'm excited for you also, Aerinha! A very interesting, vintage strand with lovely clasp! About 10 years ago I purchased a double strand of Mississippi River pearls on ebay, as posted here on the forum. My pearls are still awaiting inspiration and a special clasp, as the original clasp had a glass stone that was broken, so not reusable.
    Hi Pattye, was going to message you through Etsy, but this seems as good a spot as any. What color Beaders Secret thread do you think I should use once I clean them up? Cream or ivory? Not looking forward to knotting 169 pearls, but I think knots will showcase their unique shapes.

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    Good question, my pearls definitely look best with cream color thread, probably yours will also. The thinner thread, size #40 will be the best if your strand has small holes. My end pearls are so small I won't be able to double back, so probably will end with some gold beads. Like you, I prefer knotting between each pearl! Excited for you to receive your necklace!
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