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    You have an amazing collection, Charlotta, and lots of variety. Where do you live in Sweden?

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    Charlotta, I can see the drop Tahitian pearl necklace making a spectacular rope with all the colors they have. I think I need to come play in your jewelry box. Those antique clasps are TDF!

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    What a gorgeous collection! I love all the clasps too!

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    Beautiful collection, Charotta!

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    Thank you for everyones kind words. Parrot Lady, I live near Gothenburg. No pearls to be found anywhere, eccept for the occasional vintage akoya strands. There are pearls in the jewelryshops, but they usually jumble freshwaters and akoyas together and the prices are insane. Mostly I shop online. I have become really good at reading photos. I have been collecting for 8 years or so when I bought my first vintage akoyastrand on ebay, I used the clasp on my rikitea strand. The pearls on this one were not in the best condition, being probably worn a lot by the previous owner. My daughter rescued those pearls when I took the clasp. I made her a choker with them. Otherwise she isn't really into pearls eccept for a really bluish lavender strand that she asked for and got along with matching studs. Anyway the pearlsituation in sweden is really dismal, unless one knows the queen (I don't), she had wonderful pearls.

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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Charlotta's Avatar
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    So some ropes then. These 2 freshwater ropes I bought years ago. The 100+ inch have creamier pearls about 6-7mm I think. The 60inch have more white pearls and are about 8-9mm. The pearls are better in the longer rope. I have restrung both of these, it was not fun.
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    And the 60inch.
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    I haven't worn these on years, it gets a bit much for everyday. Both of them.
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    Recently I bought a strand of blueish akoyas from Wendy at Perlescence. They are blue, green and pink but not bright and baroque. The size are around 6 mm or so. I don't remember and the invoice doesn't specify this. Also bought a pair of baroque 7mm blue akoya earrings. One of those with a pull-through chain. I removed thd chain (but saved it for some other project) and put them on shepardhooks. I wanted to see how I liked blueish akoyas before buying something like BWeaves blua akoyas. Also they replace the lavender strand that my daughter pilfered.
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    They turned out nice I think.
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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Charlotta's Avatar
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    My copper strand of freshwaters and a rose lavender one. The smaller one is the rose lavender one. Also a pinkish sapphire necklace I sometimes use as chain for pendants. The pearls are from Pearllunar.
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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Charlotta's Avatar
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    Forgot some earrings yesterday. First some akoyas. I have more but don't use them.
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    Then a pair of peacock 8mm tahitians I bought from PearlParadise years ago. I didn't like the findings so use these shepardhooks instead. The blue lavender ones I use on the same hooks. I started a collection of these but didn't get further.
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    Lastly I have a pair of silvery baroque tahitian studs, 8mm, this use to be a ring. I loved the ring but one of the pearls kept falling of. I reglued it until I recently lost my patience and into the aceton the ring went. The pearls detatched from the ring not long after that and a small silver pin fell out of the troublesome pearl. The pin on the ring had broken and was much shorter on one side. So I made the pearls into studs. Very nice colorshifting on the pearls. The aceton I found at out summercabin, quiet old I think but strong, is amazing at detatching pearls.
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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Charlotta's Avatar
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    I also forgot my single akoyastrand yesterday. I use to have a collection of these, but made a tassel of one, earrings with another, a tincup for my mother and gifted some away. It's a beautiful graduated strand with a silver and marcasite clasp.
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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Charlotta's Avatar
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    Now I just have to wait for my ripplestrand to come. It's suppose to be greenish.

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    Girl, you've got it going ON! Wow, every single thing is beautiful! You've got wire wrapping down for sure, that lariat idea is pretty cool. I would never think to knot a strand like that, but if they're heavier pearls it makes sense. Thanks for the inspiration! "Pearl goals"

    I've ordered pearls through Kongspearl before, a medium-size ripple pearl strand. I was really happy with the quality, but the colors were way more subdued in real life. I guess its the lightbox they use, or whatever light exposure to bring out undertones. I feel the same way you did, I liked the pearls but they weren't what I was expecting. I will definitely return as a customer, but I think next time I'll ask her to take some pictures on her work bench in normal light? I know I've done that with Wen, and her pics have helped me say yay or nay.

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    I know I was being a little flippant suggesting you wear all of your pearls together, but I do think that layering some of your strands would be fabulous. I'm sure you have already done this. Always a way to wear more pearls. Lovely pearls.
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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Charlotta's Avatar
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    Judiemcc6, I know that you were only joking. I combine my pearls quite a lot. But my photos wearing those are mostly crappy. At least this time of year.
    Cbpearllover, you are right about Kongspearls and Wen Pearls photos. Sometimes the colors are wrong. In this case though I'm happy they were since I wanted a strand that matched those light pistachios south sea studs since I bought them.

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    Charlotta, you have a good eye for quality when buying online. Mine isn't so good, I'm afraid. My grandfather was born in Bleckinge and the family later moved to Lysikil. He left for America from Gothenburg.