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    First-graft Pearl nnguye20's Avatar
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    Default I am back! And switching to collecting minerals

    Hi guys! This is Rose Nguyen and I have been inactive on the group for probably more than a year. You probably don't know or forgot me already, and tbh I hope you kinda did because I feel so guilty (eek).
    Anyway, after attending the annual Ruckus 2018, I treated myself a museum-travel trips to several states and cities on the east coast of US. I visited Harvard Museum of Natural History. Their mineral collection changed my world. I was mesmerized with the huge varieties of crystal habits, the detailed information tags that show the specimens' locality, the lighting, the display, etc. And just like with pearls, for months I spent an intensive amount of efforts to learn about minerals, and I got obsessed with it and started to join mineral collecting groups to gain more knowledge.
    Tbh I haven't bought pearls for quite a while. I still love them, but I realized I want to 'collect' them more than actually 'wear' them, and I kinda feel like I have enough 'specimens' to sate my interest.
    In this post I hope to share my enthusiasm, pictures of my collection, reconnect with pearl collectors, and renew my interest for pearls.2020-01-22-02-59-12.jpg2019-05-06-22-18-40.jpg20200122_023812.jpg20200122_023941.jpg20200122_023458.jpg
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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member ericw's Avatar
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    Really fine specimens, nnguyen20!
    So more difficulties to shoot pearls than minerals
    The round nacre seems a mystery for auto focus.
    To collect pearls is so a great field of discoveries than minerals, regarding the variety of pearls beauties and origins.
    A very good idea and an unlimited passion.
    Thank you to share your treasures!
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    Rare Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Marianne's Avatar
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    Such a beautiful collection of gems, Rose! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.

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    First-graft Pearl nnguye20's Avatar
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    Thank you so much ericw! Pearls are indeed harder to shoot, especially the white one (well white minerals themselves are a pain too).
    Pearls are actually the only mineral that I appreciate in both designed jewelry and in raw forms as a collector. By themselves each of the pearl is a unique beauty, but on jewelry I like that the designers tend to enhance their natural beauty using artistic skills and tastes.

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    Thank you Marianne, I'm glad you like my pictures!

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    I love gems and minerals as much as I love pearls. Pearls are easier to wear and therefore keep with me at all times. Your collection is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    BWeaves do you collect gems and minerals too? Pearls are indeed easier to wear and make me feel so fabulous! But whenever I wear something like a necklace or earrings I keep wanting to take them off to look at the pearls.

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    Your photos are just wonderful, Rose! Of course I remember you from Ruckus! Perhaps pearl bracelets would give you something to look at frequently; some of us really enjoy our bracelets for that very reason! I studied about gemstones on my own long before I discovered pearls.
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    Beautiful photographs !! Thanks so much for sharing your collection !!

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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member ericw's Avatar
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    I agree you, nnguye20, pearls raw forms inspire many designs there sizes allow to wear.
    It would be difficult to wear nice minerals you show . Many of them are fragile, too.
    It's interesting to point that calcite, CaCO3, crystals are nearly the same element that pearls nacre (aragonite, CaCO3 too).
    About photos, the only way I have found to shoot a pearl without enough good camera is to take the picture from a bit far, with the highest definition, then to crop the picture... But I have never made miracles.

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    Hi Rose! I remember you well from Ruckus; it's so nice to "see" you here visiting again Your mineral and pearl specimen shots are wonderful; thanks for sharing. Husband and I have a very tiny collection of minerals: Just a few geodes and fossilized wood pieces. Gems and pearls are all jewelry for me, unless I have a few that just aren't set. I have a lovely cushion cut lighter blue sapphire I just have never found the right setting for. Otherwise, it's into a piece of jewelry. I hate when I can't see the piece while I'm wearing it though, so much more fun when it's a bracelet or a longer rope necklace so I can play with the pearls.
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    I have wondered where you were off to, nnguye20. Fabulous new hobby, and looks like you are also into photography. The photos and specimens are wonderful!

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    Hello Rose! Nice to have you back. I remember you from Ruckus I love your collection of minerals. On pearls, I used to wear shorter strands, but more and more I want to wear ropes because that means I can look at them. Bracelets and rings are also nice, but I am such a klutz I worry about bracelets. Thanks for the photos; I love the tahitian with the bump on the top.

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    Hi Rose! You've acquired some really neat gems! I like the golden ssp and its orgins. I like ropes and bracelets for my really pretty pearls because I can see them in all sorts of light. If they are on rings, I have to be very careful I don't bump them.

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