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    purveyor of pearls Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert pearlescence's Avatar
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    Default Show us your very first pearls?

    Hi.
    I've just started reading Jeremy's book and it set me to remembering my first pearls - them wot started the whole thing really. I dug them out and as I was snapping some pearls for an advert anyway I took a very quick pic of them.
    They are really badly strung, gaps, the french wire is all stretched out, but for modest potatoes they have a good smooth surface and pretty good lustre. (not my stringing)The colour is an unusual champagne/straw/gold. I bought them as photographed and fell in love with pearls. That was about eight years ago.
    A bit after that I found out you could buy pearls on eBay - I stayed up all night to bid on some crimson sticks - still have them.
    And the rest is history, although I'm still surprised by how it has all developed since then
    How about other forum-ers? Jeremy?(If I may be so bold?)

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    The first photo is of my very first pearls from my parents. They gave them to me when I was 16. I think they're akoyas--17 inch strand--6.5-7mm.

    The second photo is my own first pearl purchase.
    AAA Freshwater bracelet from PP.

    I just very recently got into pearls, and oh how I love them!
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    Here are my first pearls. I wear them as a bracelet now, but when I was 8 (1949), the first time I wore them was to the opera. They came from my grandparents who lived in Bahrain at the time and were super-into Bahraini pearls.
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    My avatar is a Sea of Cortez mabe pearl. One of a pair of Mexican handmade earrings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caitlin View Post
    They came from my grandparents who lived in Bahrain at the time and were super-into Bahraini pearls.
    then they must be natural. WOW !!!

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    Yes. That is the origin of my lack of interest in PPB's. I was taught from a young age that PPB's were vulgar and only naturals were real pearls.

    As an adult, I have become extremely fond of CFWP- because they are solid nacre and thus look more natural than the PPB's do. Now we have them in gem quality and in my warped mind, they are the only cultured pearls I love. (Well, I have one Sea of Cortez mabe and one Tahitian pearl from Josh that matches the Cortez pearls (almost) in absolute beauty. I will photo them when I get them set in something wearable.

    I also had a natural color (silver blue) akoya strand and my youngest had me make them into 2 bracelets with leftovers for earrings. She loves them and because they came from Jeremy, I know they are way better quality than the eBay scam akoyas.

    I don't rage against PPB's any more. I realized they are the only viable alternatives for pearl lovers who can't afford naturals and that is most of us. Besides the keshi of various sea pearls is often faboo and they too, are solid nacre.

    Still, my Bahraini babies are my first love and my favorites.

    Below are Zoe's akoya bracelets
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    Good thread! My wife has certainly owned pearls most of her adult life (and her mother is a true fan), but she isn't posting here. My story begins in the Cook Islands in 2006, and my first purchase (for my mother-in-law!) was the object on the left, which was at least relatively grayish upon purchase (subject of this thread). Nonetheless, nothing to get excited about, and I merrily continued enjoying a memorable holiday.

    Then we wandered into another store and saw an educational cross section showing the internal structure of a cultured pearl, and I was quite turned off (not the store's intention, obviously).

    Another store, meanwhile, had a small display of the local natural pearls from Penrhyn, the so-called poe pipi, from the tiny P. Maculata oyster. Their bright shine, and the assurance of being 100% pearl, made a strong impression despite the small size. We purchased this 7.5mm drop (very large for the species), the most I had ever spent on jewelry to that time, and simultaneously noticed the rare natural pearl necklace 'Te Poe O Te Kuki Airani'—inspiration for the research that eventually led me here…
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    My first set of pearls are FW and not as pretty as my newer ones.

    Edit: Oops, just realised the topic. Hmm, no pictures. Not too motivated to snap some A grade loose beads (they broke and I never took it to be restrung after owning prettier ones).
    Wishlist: 13mm GSSP earrings

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    I like this post
    Here is my close to very first one
    China pearls mixed with kyanit
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    BUT ...

    Oysters too were curious, said Alice ...

    So when I learnt China pearls were made without nucleus, I took a screwdriver, put it in drilling hole,
    had a knock hammer on

    and here is what I saw .. layers and layers of nacre
    then I knew more about pearls,

    sorry

    even the photo camera did not like it
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    Cliclasp,

    You are funny! I think we all have been curious like that and taken the (whisper) hammer and--------------------*#*#*!!!! It's the curious little kid in us, right??? I like that mix with pearls and kyanite!

    Pattye
    so many pearls, so little time

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    Well, here are my 2nd and 3rd pearls, first a 5mm akoya, yikes, needs it's little sterling clasp polished, seldom worn then, and much to short to wear now, will probably be given to granddaughter. Probably purchased by spouse in the 60's??

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    Here is the Biwa pearl ring. It was picked out by me and purchased in Lahaina, Hawaii while on vacation in the early 80's. The pearl itself was 25mmx8mmx6.5mm approx. Very much the size of a large, thick bar pearl. It had orient, colors were multicolor copper, silver, yellow and white. I had to photograph the appraisers photos, which were quite dark to start with.

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    My very, very first pearl was a single pearl pendant, probably 7.5mm or so on a silver chain, a gift from a high school boyfriend in the (gasp) 50s, and long gone!

    Pattye
    so many pearls, so little time

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    I am sorry for posting this picture again but this is how it started.
    My first pearls.

    In a non-discript chain jewelry store in Amsterdam which was not supposed to have anything decent. And here they were, my mabe earings of the most unusual colour I've ever seen. I am still unsure if they are Tahitians or Cortez sea pearls (Josh said they are within the range of Tahitians, Douglas had his doubts) - but whatever... God knows how they landed in this shop. I started searching for information about their origin - and now there is no end to this passion

    And I still LOVE them, they are most adorable!

    Olga


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    Quote Originally Posted by pattye View Post
    Cliclasp,

    You are funny!

    *#*#*!!!! It's the curious little kid in us, right???


    Pattye
    so many pearls, so little time
    You know I am found of litterature as well as pearls, so I l o v e this one :

    Cervantes said: " never leave the hand of the child that' s inside us "...

    sorry that's my traduction


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    The bracelet, GFilled, at age12 (48years ago now, no wonder the pearls are worn to nubs) from Janie;
    the earrings 14k, at age 16, from Valerie;
    the pendant from Lori, at age 16(?)
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    Wendy, where are your first pearls?