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    Default south sea siopao

    Hi,

    I have just obtained a pair of rose siopao pearls from the south sea.....does anyone know whee i could look to see how much they are worth?

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    I am not familiar with "siopao" as a term related to pearls.

    Please post photos of the pearls-- in focus, against a white background and without flash.

    Edit: I see "siopao" are hot buns in the Philippines...and googling "siopao pearls" brings up images of freshwater pearls-- mostly off-round ones. Freshwater pearls from China are often misrepresented as South Sea pearls (or Tahitians, or akoyas) and rose/pink is a common color that is naturally occurring in freshwater pearls (but not in south sea pearls.)

    In all likelihood you have a pair of freshwater pearls from China, but if you post a photo we can confirm this.
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    I'm with PD, hearing the word Siopao relating to Pearls is unfamiliar as well.

    It looks like this is something coined in the PI as far as I searched online. It looks to be more of button freshwater pearls.

    Please post pictures!
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    Siopao is a weird way to describe button/ short potato shape of pearls through visual similarity to a Chinese bread pies with fillings.. I've only seen it being used a few times and related to low-quality Chinese freshwater pearls.

    I suppose if the term is used to describe shape, it can be applied to South sea pearls as well but the term wouldn't add to the value of the pearls. Button shape is button shape

    If you show the photos of your pearls and their size - it would be easier to advise on their value.. If you really have a pair of well-matched rose-toned South sea pearls with non-enhanced color - they can be quite valuable irrespectively of their shape.
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    Your thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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    these are 7mm pearls

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    Color, shape and size look like Chinese, button shaped, freshwater pearls. They are inexpensive. The pearls themselves may be worth $10 to $20. The earring finding is probably worth more than the pearls.

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    I agree with BWeaves.

    Many people find that button shaped pearls sit nicely against the ear lobe and are less likely to sag than round pearls. Your earrings are also solid-nacre pearls-- no bead inside. They will be very durable-- and the color is natural. Enjoy!

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    Thanks....somewhat gutted....but great to know. I will post some more pictures of necklaces that i have the option to buy long with 2 south sea champagne pearls.....I have no idea of real value....again thoughts would be appreciated.

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    I agree with BWeaves.

    Many people find that button shaped pearls sit nicely against the ear lobe and are less likely to sag than round pearls. Your earrings are also solid-nacre pearls-- no bead inside. They will be very durable-- and the color is natural. Enjoy!

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    Picture of a a south sea pearl necklace - thoughts as to value appreciated please.

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    They look like relatively low grade freshwater pearls, some dyed, some with bead nucleuses.
    Not worth much IMO. Lots of surface blemishes.

    But if you love the look, I would not pay more than $40-50.

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    I agree, low grade freshwater pearls with bead nucleus. The black ones are dyed, and are not even dyed a pretty color. The white and gold pearls have lots of blemishes. This necklace is not worth very much.

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    Don't feed gutted, cocoa. You were depending on the honesty of the seller. As for the mixed color strand and two singles, I would walk away the wiser and save my money for something really lovely. You are wise to ask questions here ahead of purchasing. We all had to start somewhere.

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    I started my pearl purchases years ago with inexpensive pearls that weren't very good quality. As I've educated myself and seen more pearls in person from different vendors, I've gotten better at knowing the good stuff when I see it, and the bad stuff when it's misrepresented. The one thing I will say is that my love of pearls spans all price ranges and qualities.

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    There is a learning curve in any hobby! Partly it's learning about the items we collect, and partly it's learning about our own tastes, which grow and change. Along the way a lot of money may be spent that is later regretted, but it's all part of the journey.