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    Default Black natural pearl drowned in glue

    Hi all. I have owned for some time a small black natural pearl, button shaped. Recently I wanted to have it set in a pendant. The jeweller made a small pendant with four prongs, without drilling as I ordered.
    However, looking closely at the pendant, I suspect that, in order to make the setting stronger, the jeweller used glue, and he seems to have drowned entirely the small pearl into glue (like a varnish) as the surface is now very smooth and glossy, not crisp and rough as nacre usually is, you know what I mean. Only the basis of the pearl, which can be seen through the back, has kept its normal texture.
    I wonder if the pearl has lost its value through this process ? Is there a safe way to remove the glue in excess (if it is glue) ? I tried acetone but it doesn't seem to change anything. Should I take the pendant back to the jeweller (who told me nothing when he delivered it) ? An unexercised eye would probably not have noticed anything. But I don't like this too high polish effect.
    Thanks for your advices !

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    I think you should ask the jeweler what he did with the pearl in the process of setting it.

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    Some photo would be nice! Just as an eye-candy to see a natural pearl set into a pendant

    By the way you describe it
    Only the basis of the pearl, which can be seen through the back, has kept its normal texture.
    I don't think it's glue. Sounds like your jeweler has polished the finished pendant with the pearl already set in it. Probably with a compound like rouge or renaissance wax, but if you say it cannot be removed with acetone (using acetone on pearls is not advised btw ) - I would say the treatment is probably more or less permanent now. Sorry.

    I would definitely return to speak to your jeweler to clear out what has happened and verify whether he wishes to make himself responsible if you consider the pearl ruined while setting. Hope this helps.
    Pearl and opal specialist (Institute of Gemology of Spain, IGE, Madrid)

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    Hello Lugana, it seems that you are perfectly right ; I saw my jeweler, and polishing the finished pendant is exactly what he did, not even supposing that might be a problem for the pearl.
    I would never have supposed that a pearl could take such a glossy polish !
    Do you think it detracts much from the intrinsic value of the pearl ? In case some day I want to sell it back as a black natural pearl, which it is, or was...

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    Was it very valuable to begin with?
    How likely are you to want to resell it?
    Has the polishing improved its appearance, or do you like it less knowing it is not in its original natural state?

    I guess I'm wondering what harm you feel was done to you by the polishing of the pearl. If it is not very valuable or you are not likely to resell it, and if you like the way it looks, then maybe no real harm was done.

    But if it is quite valuable and the polishing made it lose value, or if you really think you will want to resell it and you worry that it will be worth less to buyers because polished, or if you just don't like it as well now that it is polished, then there was greater harm done by the polishing.

    How you feel about it all may determine what responsibility you expect the jeweler to take.

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    I just want to add, Isi, I'm glued to the TV, shocked at Notre Dame Cathedral in flames...such an appalling loss. My heart goes out to you and your fellow Parisians. Indeed, to all the French people.

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    I, too, am in a state of shock, horror and disbelief at the fire at Notre Dame. It’s a tragic loss not only to Paris and France, but to the world. I will be in Paris on Wednesday morning and can’t believe I won’t be greeted by the majestic cathedral. Deepest sympathy to the people of Paris.

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    Yes, this is quite a shock to all of us here. Thank you for your sympathy. I think I have forgotten for a while my black pearl trouble.
    At this time we don't know what is coming next and what will be saved in the end of our dear cathedral.

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    My heart goes out to you and your fellow Parisians and all of France, Isi.
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