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    Red face Trying to find replacement seed pearls for antique piece.

    Hello All, I am trying to find .7mm to no more than 1mm undrilled seed pearls for replacement in an antique piece I have(Art Nouveau). So, color matching isn't too big of an issue nor is a perfect round, but size...that has been a headache. I find a lot of 1mm and up. I need around 15 to 20 pearls. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Unfortunately, I have had bad luck with purchases on Etsy. TIA!

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    Hi Gigi,

    Here's a listing from WenPearls on etsy. Have you ordered from her before? A number of the women here have been happy with her offerings, and she is responsive to messages. I've only ordered a few inexpensive items myself, but they have been fine. Your Art Nouveau Piece sounds delightful.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/4930063...earch_70&crt=1
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    Hi gigi, check to see if they are half seed pearls - most sellers sell them full-round.

    The half seed pearls can be harder to obtain.

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    I have bought 1mm seed Pearls from this company to replace missing pearls in antique jewelry. They even have half pearls which sometimes are a better fit.

    https://www.jansjewells.com/category...y_id=76&page=g

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    Thank You, Ladies! I have included photos of the piece in question and another piece I need to have repaired. The pearls in the enamel watch are 2.0-2.3mm(large), 1.5-1.7mm(med), and 1mm for the smallest ones. All of which are half round and the larger are half-round and half drilled. The Slide is full round and set pearls which I will glue(gasp!) to replace. As you can see they are tiny pearls, I think 1mm would work but I would have to replace all of the pearls. @pattye I have not ordered from wenpearls and those look perfect. I did see them but after a couple of bad experiences with overseas purchases on Etsy, I really hesitate to purchase. @Bernadette This piece definitely needs full round but I totally agree with you on finding half rounds, it's not easy! @Parrot Lady I might use this shop for the half-round pearls for sure! Now, hopefully, I properly attached the photos. Name:  IMG_8084.JPG
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    Another thought, Wendy at Pearlescence.com also has undrilled seed pearls and is always accommodating and knowledgeable.
    What delightful and extraordinary pieces; thank you for the photos! After the pearls are replaced, please retake the photos and share!
    Do you replace each missing/ and reglue the other pearls?
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    Your watch is going to polish up beautifully, what a piece! Itís stunning! Do you have the bow pin that the watch dangles from? I accidentally left mine behind, and also one of the hands

    In order to not assault mine I did start-up cleaning with a wood toothpick around the pearls (no polish) then a silver cloth for the rest. I canít wait to see yours!
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    Oh, that's a beauty, Lisa!
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    Gigi, does your watch work? (Mine doesn’t) Can we see the face?
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    Thanks Pattye, it was my great-grandmother’s. I’ve loved it since I was a baby, used to sneak into my Mom’s jewel box to gaze at it. I got caught once and stuffed it into her sheets. She started making the bed, snapped the sheets and out flipped the watch, to my horror. Picture a slow motion tumble through the air, noooooo. I was a toddler so she didn’t get all crazy, but I was so horrified I became insufferably law-abiding. One less outlaw-child to cause mayhem (

    its going to be a treat to see gigi’s all shined up, can you imagine the silver all polished around the coral enamel? And the pearls! What a gorgeous watch. These watches give me shivers, they’re so beautiful!
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    Lisa, Wow that is a gorgeous watch, and what a great story that goes along with it. I have to agree with you though, they are my happy place! Honestly, I have a thing for guilloche in general, but really love the "ladies" watches the most. I have several women's watches(I find they aren't as collectible as the men's and less expensive), but only 4 guilloche ones. This one is the most ornate one that I have, there are also pearls on the front of the watch, and it's unusual to see two colors on these pieces and a shell motif. Unfortunately, it needs a lot of work and not quite sure I can repair some of the issues. I bought it in a huge bagged lot of "costume" jewelry for $35, but I don't think they realized it wasn't fake rather very old pieces. So, I don't have a matching chain or a pin for it, though I do have non-matching. I am always on the lookout for the guilloche link chains.
    Pattye, I am a see what you are in for then make a plan. LOL These look like a burnished setting and I am afraid I might break the pearls, or worse really damage it just to get them out of the setting to glue as I have no access to the back of the piece. I will definitely post pictures once I get it repaired. I really love the piece. I am thinking about pairing it with a multistrand seed pearl necklace.

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    No problem, here it is.
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    Mine doesn't work, but I have had good luck with a watchmaker in PA that does excellent repairs on antique watches. They are unbelievably slow though.

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    Are you in PA, too? My Mom was going to get mine fixed in Fl, but she got sick and that took precedence, we forgot. Do you have recommendations in PA?

    Do you think your watch is a man’s? Were pearls a feature for women only? I’ve not done any reading on these. I have to start with What is guilloche, then go from there. This is fun.
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    Now I want to collect women's watches...

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