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    Museum Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert BWeaves's Avatar
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    It's a pretty pearl, and looks good on all sides, so there's that. I cannot see the hairline cracks in your photos, so that's also a good thing. They are not obvious.

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    Thanks BWeaves, it’s good to hear that the cracks are not that obvious to others! I guess I am observing it with a much more critical eye

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    It's very pretty, but there shouldn't be any cracks. Maybe if you reach out to the seller they can send you a new one or at least refund you.

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    I feel like you should return it. The crack could have been at the tip and just split more during shipping, but it's hard to know what will happen to it if you were to drop it etc. It's very pretty - but needs to be either discounted substantially or refunded on return.

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    Charlotta, Katbran, thank you for both your feedback! My first instinct was also to return the pearl, as I was a bit disappointed with it. But now I am going back and forth - the pearl is quite pretty in person, returning would be a hassle, I have already paid import fees - and all things considered, being that I have paid it a bit under 300 USD for what is indeed a natural abalone pearl with nice colors, I don't feel too ripped off. But then again, I am a bit scared that the pearl might be too fragile to be set as a pendant

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    Oh my goodness, what a happy looking collection!

    I don’t think anyone here can testify to the pearl-craving being satisfied forever...

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    Lisa c that’s exactly what I am afraid of!

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    The structure of horn abalone pearls makes them delicate and subject to degrading over time when worn. Their potential durability can be hard to evaluate. It's all about creating a setting that will protect your lovely pearl. Disadvantage is the cost. Advantage is hiding the parts that aren't as pretty. I think it's a wonderfully lustrous and colorful pearl.

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    Beautiful collection! I love the colors on the blue akoyas, and they have a very nice shape! Sorry about the abalone pearl crack. I don't have any advice, but the colors are so beautiful on them. I hope to own one some day.

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    GemGeek and amti, thank you for your nice words - in the end I have decided to keep the pearl and set it as a pendant. It is with a lavoro jeweler now, I’ll post pictures once I get to see the final result
    In the meanwhile I have ordered some purple fw baroques from Kong’s...they arrived today and I must say that I am quite disappointed...the dimensions are quite off (they are supposed to be 6-7 mm but some are quite smaller some much larger), the color is not purple at all, barely lavender and the surface and luster are also not that great...admittedly they were quite cheap, but my previous experience with her was much better (my fireball pendant also comes from her, and I found the quality excellent for the price)
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    And just for fun, a comparison between one of my mikimoto akoya studs (which is most definitely white) and some of the purple pearls Name:  F9A87875-1D29-479F-924A-82362E36E836.jpg
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    Those are pretty pearls, but not really purple. I ordered two strands of champagne south sea pearls from her. One looked greenish in the photos, the other one didn't. In real life there wasn't a champagne pearl in neither of the two strands. I like them anyway, but it would have been nice if one of them were champagne colored at least. I have used those greenish pearls in a lot of project so it wasn't a waste, but I get why you are disappointed.

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    Sorry to hear about that Charlotta! I was mainly surprised because the fireball I got from here looked exactly like the picture, so I thought I could rely on those. I wrote to Yunlan about it and it looks like she is fine with me exchanging/returning them, so that is a plus for her as a seller.

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    I'd be disappointed too Azra - not purple at all . Barely lavender... if it's worth the cost I'd return them but if they were really inexpensive maybe you can use them for something. Cherry pick the best colour and see how many you end up with.

    and the cracks really aren't noticeable but you want to protect the integrity of the pearl. Perhaps wrap the edge with thin gold bezel strip and that might keep it from further damage.

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    That’s a shame about those little baroque freshies, Azra. I think I’ve seen them on the Kong’s Etsy site, and while they’re obviously not the deepest purple, they certainly look darker and appear to have more interesting overtones in her photos.
    I’ve bought quite a few bits and pieces from Yunlan, and I find it’s about 20% great pearls, 70% pretty good pearls, and 10% disappointment. I’ve never returned anything, given her generally low prices compared to the cost of postage. I agree with Katbran that it might be salvaging the best pearls from these strands and cutting your losses on the rest. Alternatively, next time you do an order from a vendor with a wide product range, have a look to see if they have anything inexpensive that you could mix in with these to make something fun - some keshi or rosebud pearls in a similar colour might make a pretty, textural rope, or some big nuggets scattered at intervals could be quite casual and fun.

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