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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
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    Default Cook Islands Keshi Bracelet

    I post to celebrate our newest acquisition, and to wish fellow forum members a very Happy Holiday.

    The magnificent pearls below arrived to our office in Seattle just yesterday, and are on my wife's desk awaiting our return from wine business in Spain next week. As she does not read the forum, the surprise should remain intact…

    17 keshi (100% nacre) pearls 10mm to 14mm in size form a bracelet. Cook Islands keshi average 4mm to 8mm maximum, however during the 2007 harvest a line of oysters was discovered at a small farm on Manihiki that had been lost for an indeterminate period of time. These keshi were thus allowed to develop for an estimated six years (or more)!

    Not only are these keshi the entire booty from that line, but they manage to represent every conceivable color obtainable from the Pinctada margaritifera.

    Two sets of complementary keshi studs accompany the bracelet. The only question that remains is whether my wife will wear the bracelet (she's not the bracelet type—have placed my faith exclusively in the pearls).

    ?Felices Fiestas!

    Steve
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    Third-graft Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Raisondetre's Avatar
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    Wow, nice job, and excellent photo! Wish they'd lose more oysters, huh?
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    WOW WOW!!!... The bracelet and the pearls are absolutely stunning.

    I lived in Seattle area (Newcastle/Bellevue to be exact) for many years and always consider Seattle my home town.

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    Happy Holidays, Steve!

    The bracelet looks even better in this new take. You guys have some crazy pearls to play with

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    Magnificent!!!!

    Pattye
    so many pearls, so little time

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    Photo: The bracelet attracted the attention of Pearl World and prior to shipment this shot was supplied for the cover of a future PW issue.

    Can't wait to get home and 'play'!

    Steve
    Seattle

    PS I'm the original Californian in Seattle, but 1972 arrival nearly qualifies me as a native…
    Last edited by smetzler; 12-22-2007 at 08:27 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smetzler
    Photo: The bracelet attracted the attention of Pearl World ?
    No wonder!

    How about the studs? Size? Colors?

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    Oooh! Luscious!! Great photo, too.

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    Amazing color and shape. I bet this will make your wife a bracelet wearer. You have quite a collection of exotic pearls now. It is always nice ( and informative) to hear the story about each piece you have. Thank you for sharing.

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    That is a drool-worthy photo, if I've ever seen one! Breathtaking - literally! Congratulations, and thanks for sharing it with us.

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    This bracelet is pure beauty. Perhaps your wife can wear it as a bracelet for a while and if they find more "lost pearls" in the future you can combine those pearls and make a necklace. Your collection of pearls is just marvelous. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Holidays,
    Pernula

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    We are now advised that the bracelet has a name, as do our other one-off pieces from the Cooks:

    Poe Tuanaana

    "The name centered on the fact that these pearls had been 'lost'...adopting a romantic twist, Tuanaana is used here in an all encompassing manner for the Pearls - lying in their shell, beckoning with their radiant colours, beneath the ocean waves..."

    Total pearl weight (in the manner of naturals) is 210 carats.

    Quote Originally Posted by pernula
    Perhaps your wife can wear it as a bracelet for a while?
    Prior to purchase I discussed the necklace possibility with the seller, who enthusiastically suggested 18k wire wrapping of the existing pearls into opera length. But the pearl sequence and symmetry is so appealing in the bracelet that we will give it a go at least for a while. When this discussion originally surfaced on another thread, Caitlin pointed out that bracelets optimize the wearer's own appreciation of a piece. This will be an important element of my gift presentation, for sure!

    Quote Originally Posted by Valeria101
    How about the studs? Size? Colors?
    Problem was matching, got a perfect gray/green pair (approx 6mm) and another pair just for variety, but in the final analysis I'm not sure which among the various options provided was actually chosen. Will have to see upon return?

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    Another stunning, romantic, museum piece from you. I wish you could tour your pieces. I would love to know about the wire wrapping. Many on the forum are vehemently opposed to metal and pearls in the same breath. Just an amazing lost piece, and now it's found. *Sigh* Thank you.
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    Now that is an exotic piece! Josh, if you are out there, that sort of thing would win some serious points on a private offer list!

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    I still can't get over how big they are:

    The Keshi that ate New York City!!! ...Muah hah ha!