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    Hi! I have found a pendant that I like on Etsy. Is it kosher to share a picture here for corroboration? I have been looking for an abalone pendant but don't have thousands to spend. This piece is quite inexpensive and claims to be an abalone pearl. Thanks for any advice.

    Judy

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    Yes, Judy, you can post a photo here and we can discuss it. Just be aware there is the potential for someone else to see the photo here and purchase the piece before you do.
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    If it is inexpensive, it might be cut from an abalone shell, as opposed to an actual abalone pearl. Same nacre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12wentworth View Post
    Hi! I have found a pendant that I like on Etsy. Is it kosher to share a picture here for corroboration? I have been looking for an abalone pendant but don't have thousands to spend. This piece is quite inexpensive and claims to be an abalone pearl. Thanks for any advice.

    Judy
    Definitely post a link. Abalone pearls are not cheap and incorrectly described pearl auctions on eBay are the rule, not the exception. If it's cheap, it's almost certainly a piece of shell.

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    Hi, Judy here, Okay, here is the piece I mentioned:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/6752881...pearl?ref=cart

    It looks rough-hewn, so it is probably a blister pearl cut out of the shell? Thanks for any advice!

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    Hi Judy, I do not believe this is in any way related to an abalone. First impression is that it is a bead nucleated Chinese freshwater pearl that has been drilled and possibly color treated. The wire wrapping is nice, but not an abalone pearl.

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    I agree with Marianne! It's a bead nucleated Chinese freshwater pearl.

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    Hi again, and thank you for your quick replies! I will rely on your expertise from now on. Thanks!

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    It's a beautiful piece with great wire work. I agree with Marianne too. It's a Chinese freshwater pearl.

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    It has horrible cracks in it and it's not a very pretty color. It doesn't look like any abalone pearl I've every seen, and it doesn't look like abalone shell, either.

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    Not sure is it a real pearl, even a piece of shell? That looks like something enamelled, and maybe cracked during the firing. A bit weird to see such a nice wire work around.
    Last edited by ericw; 04-04-2019 at 08:05 AM.

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