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    Pearlista Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert GemGeek's Avatar
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    Dangles with a drill hole for the caps. Those pearls are faboo.

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    Oh wow look at that colour !!!! You could do little threaders... fine chain and just the little pearl on the end... just a little eye pin in the top?

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    Thanks guys! Unfortunately the jeweller I've asked so far thinks the pearls are too skinny to drill vertically.... I'll need to dream up some more ideas.

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    The smallest size drill bit my supplier carries is a .5mm (meaning that is the size hole it will create). My guess is that they drill very few pearls, and use a larger 0.8-1.2mm bit when they do. What size is the post for your mounting? I'd suggest that you make an inquiry with Pearl Paradise, as they might be able to custom design a setting for your pearls.
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    Once upon a Cortez Pearl... Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert CortezPearls's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by morella View Post
    Dear all, could I please get your input about drilling natural abalone pearls. Do you do it? Do you prefer to sand/roughen small pearls (say 3-5mm) and glue them only or put them into some kind of cage/bezel setting? I have two small loose undrilled pearls on the way and I am both scared to give them to my local goldsmith to drill but also scared of them falling off my earrings. What do you think? Thanks!
    My recommendation: purchase a hand-use pearl drill so you can manually drill in any possible way. I would also get a strong steel needle (2-3 inches long) and put on fire for some minutes, then with tweezers I would gently press into the pearl (on the selected spot for drilling) so I would make a 0.5-1.0 mm deep hole from where to start drilling with ease...this way you don't risk your drill bit moving from side to side.

    Additional Note: remember heated up metal looks identical to cool metal. Use carefully!

    Hope this technique helps.
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    Douglas, what an interesting tip! You know I'm going to have to experiment now. I love playing with fire (when making jewelry, of course).
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    Once upon a Cortez Pearl... Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert CortezPearls's Avatar
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    I've used that technique to work with some REALLY HARD TO DRILL pearls AND Naturals...when I just can't make a mistake. Please let us know how it went for you!
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    you can also use a bur instead of a drill to start the hole, then use the drill.

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    Great tips, thank you all!
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    Thank you everyone for your input! This is what happened now, the NZ abalone pearls (from Ringcraft Moana) got set (undrilled in fine gold) with Australian sapphires and NZ baby Paua shell castings (from Nick Feint):

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    OOOOOO, I love asymmetrical earrings. What a great design. EAR SHOTS!!!

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    wow i absolutely love how those came out, completely spectacular!

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    Hey!
    A very good friend of mine called me this morning and told me he had just purchased this HUGE natural Abalone pearl...it is probably one of the biggest in the world, so I just had to share this with the PG family!
    This pearl is from Baja California in Mexico, from the "Red Abalone" (Haliotis rufescens) and has the typical "claw shape" of many very desirable abalone pearls.
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    And guess much it weighs??? This one weighs 442.95 carats!!!
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    I looked up some information and this might be the 3rd largest pearl of its kind in the world!
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    Amazing! I’ve never seen a pearl like this before.

    and thank you for giving this thread a bump, it has some real beauties in it, and neat tips.