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    Those are really lovely. And that purple thread caught my eye too. Nice pop of color! It really is those little things that make an item extra special.

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    Default Purple Edisons or Ming Fres Water Pearls

    Dear Forum members, for a few years have been looking for purple Edison pearl strands, found the prices ridiculous.
    Seemed that their business was also not so good as the Grace name, the producer of Edison pearls, was changed into Edison Pearls of their Hong Kong office.
    Other pearl famers producing likewise pearls are called Ming Pearls and I found them better in quality and price.
    Does any of the Forum members have experience with Edison and Ming pearls?
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    Lovely strand, quite saturated color and quite round! And at opera length, YOU will get to see them when you wear them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cees View Post
    Dear Forum members, for a few years have been looking for purple Edison pearl strands, found the prices ridiculous.
    Seemed that their business was also not so good as the Grace name, the producer of Edison pearls, was changed into Edison Pearls of their Hong Kong office.
    Other pearl famers producing likewise pearls are called Ming Pearls and I found them better in quality and price.
    Does any of the Forum members have experience with Edison and Ming pearls?
    It seems like Edison has become a more widely used term. Here is a recent thread about purple "Edison" pearls. When I asked the seller specifically if they were "Edison" from Grace, she didn't reply.

    Cees, the quality of the strands varied greatly when viewed in person, although no actual grade was given. It was difficult (for me) to read the quality from Li's photos.
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    In HK I've always preferred to buy Ming just because I like the people. Grace certainly has beautiful pearls but I've thought their prices a bit high . That said I've certainly bought from them every year but usually it's a matter of what I can find for the price. It's hard to know how things may have changed now though... the Virus has certainly disrupted everyones business.

    I think Edison has become a 'generic' name for bead nucleated pearls just as Kleenex has for tissues and Xerox for copy machines. .

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    the confusion only only becomes greater.
    Lipearl's purple pearl strands are bead nucluated as is stated here but is it true? Think a dentist can make an Xray cheap to see if that is true.

    I say that because I got a comment from a Forum member who also bought a strand like that. She said it is pretty but very bumpy. The texture appeared mottled somehow. She bought matching ear rings with Edison pearls from Wendy and these pearls are very smooth.
    I don't know why, but it feels like something is wrong with the strand.

    Then she mentioned me a price of around US $ 155 she paid for the strand and then I have a question. How can you make a bead nucluated pearl strand, where pearls have to stay for around 2 years in a mussel and sell it at this price? Then also why are Edison and Ming pearls, if we take these into account that they are bead nucluated pearls are so much more expensive?
    Let's believe that Edisons and Ming pearls are natural colour pearls, I have a doubt that LiPearl's strand are not dyed.
    Hope to get some input from you, highly valued pearl experts in this Forum. Thank you

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    Cees, there is a conversation about Li’s pearls in another thread that you might find interesting. It includes a photo of a smashed pearl showing the nucleus - https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...emandpearlover
    I cannot claim to be an expert, but agree that something feels not quite right about the cheap dark purples.

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