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    Iíve just bought some samples of seed pearls from Wen Pearls on Etsy:

    Under material is says pearl & shell, which I hadnít noticed previously. Then under description it says Material: genuine freshwater pearl. These AAAA grade ones are nicer than the AAA sample I bought, and the AAA listing makes no mention of shell. Iím no expert so does anyone have any thoughts? Iíd prefer not to buy ones made from shell. Anyone have experience with this seller?

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl Expert amti's Avatar
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    It looks like they are genuine freshwaters. I learned my lesson early with Wen...when in doubt, email Wen. She's very good about responding.

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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member
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    FWIW, I think “pearl and shell” is a general category used by Etsy, rather then a specific description of this item. I’ve bought quite a few pearls from Wen and others on Etsy in this category, and they’ve all been real. These look like real freshwaters to me.
    If these are the pearls you plan to have drilled at 0.6mm, I feel deep sympathy for whomever at Wen’s workshop will have to drill yards and yards of them! They really are tiny.

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    Wen is definitely quick with answering questions, they’ve confirmed they’re real. Thankfully as I had just placed my order for them (small panic over). I’m now noticing all the other obviously real pearl listings under the same category, does just seem to be a random Etsy category.

    And a big sorry to Wen’s driller - as I’m new to this I kinda assumed there might be something automatic to drill for them!

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    Museum Pearl Senior Pearl Expert JerseyPearl's Avatar
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    When listing items for sale on Etsy, sellers have the ability to select options to help with SEO. Unfortunately, Etsy lumps pearl and shell into one category. That's why you see many sellers items identified as pearl shell.
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