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    Default Vintage pearls vol. 2- here we go again😅

    I just bought some vintage pearls from a secondhand marked online. I have not received them yet. I payed $50 for everything. I think 2, maybe 3 of the strands are old akoyas, am I right? I would be very happy if someone could tell me what I actually bought.
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    I'm sorry for almost spamming you, but you know so much, I know so little. I just have to ask so I can learn. Pearls are intriguing��

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    Anyone? I do badly wants inputs a and some thoughts and ideas of what I actually bought... I'm gong to be a so happy if someone could help me with this.

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    Livjux,
    Well, some of these are definitely real pearls. I'm trying to figure out how to identify which photo I am referring to, as you don't have them in hand yet. It will be easier once you've received the pearls and can take photos yourself.
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    Thank you for your answer��. I will publish photos of them here. Looking forward to see what I actually bought!

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    Yes, it will be easier to tell you what you have when you take your own photos. I think the triple strand are imitation pearls.

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    When you get them, start with the "tooth test". Rub two of the pearls in a strand against each other gently (or against the edge of one of your front teeth.) Imitation pearl coating glides smoothly; real nacre feels a bit gritty.

    If any seem to pass the tooth test, post photos of those.

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    Thanks for your answer. Go going to be fun to find out what they are. If you look at the first picture I believe the one on the box and the two first strands are pearls, the rest is imitation and stones. Maybe jade in one of the stone ones. Looks like nice clasps on the imitations and the pearls is nice for the kids��

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Size:  58.3 KB I was also asked if I wanted to buy all of this. Some of it are stamped 585. Price is $300. Is it worth it? Should I buy or not?
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    I accidentally deleted my last post. Question is to buy or not to buy. What do you think about the pearls? The ring and 4 of the earrings are stamped 585 gold. I would be really grateful if someone would share their opinions on this. Prize is $300, and it is a nice story behind the jewelery .
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    The ring looks like it might be real.

    Do you really want screwback earrings? The first pair look like they might be real pearls. The others look like maybe imitations, because they're not set in real gold. $300 seems a bit high.

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Size:  76.5 KB And these. What happened to the yellow one? Is it supposed to have that color,. Our is it discoloration?

    No I don't like screwbacks, but I like the earrings, and the fact that they are old really appeals me. But are they worth buying...?
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    I'm not seeing any pearly overtones, and the pearls are set in oxidized metal. I don't think most of those are real pearls. Yellow can occur to both real and faux pearls if they are kept in a box and not worn. My gut feeling is that these are fakes. They are not worth buying. Save your money and get real pearls.

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    I think at least 2 of the strand you posted from the $50 purchase will be Akoya pearls. They are pretty and if it was me I would string them into one necklace. Lower quality strands in the 7mm pearl range on Etsy go for about $95 so I think you did good.

    The $300 prize I would avoid. Even if you convert the screw backs into pierced earrings they IMHO aren't attractive enough for the effort and price.

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    livjux, I suggest you buy a 10x triplet loupe. This is a magnifier used by jewelers and anyone who wants to be able to see their jewelry up close to read metal marks, look for inclusions, etc. They are not expensive and are a great tool to have on hand. I keep one in my purse so I can examine serendipitous finds.

    Seen through a 10x loupe, the surface of a genuine pearl will look quite smooth, while imitation pearls will look rougher, a bit like orange peel.

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