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    Default Gem Grade Freshwater Pearls

    So a few months back I had a customer contact me looking to put together "really special" for her 50th birthday. We talked about a few different options and finally decided on a 38" double strand of 9.5mm gem grade freshwater pearls. It took a while to source and match the pearls but I think the finished product was worth the effort.


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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Ramona's Avatar
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    Beautiful. Makes 50s tolerable.

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    Glorious! Sighs...and doubled, how beautiful that would be!
    Now, I have to go do some math to figure out approx cost of pearls, still learning you know.

    Does she like bracelets, too? I'd want to be gazing at beauty like this 24/7...
    Excellent job, Kevin! Did you do the culling and matching yourself?
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    Something special is right!! Those pearls are outstanding.

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    Excellent job, Kevin! Did you do the culling and matching yourself?
    Thanks and no I had a factory in China match the piece for me, which took about 2 months of cherry picking single pearls. Given the size and the overall quality, this piece wouldn't be possible using regular gem grade stock, this is the best of best in regards to gem grade FWPs. Definitely one of the finer pieces I've ever put together.
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    Stunning. You make me look forward to turning 50!

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    Kevin,

    Congratulations on creating a classically beautiful masterpiece! The floral design clasp is spectacular! That Lady will be reeling in the compliments!
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    I have reached the big 50, I need a stunner like that to put me out of my misery.

    Stupendous necklace Kevin, well done!

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    Wow!!!Those pearls are magnificent! Not to mention the clasp. It's like something Harry Winston or Tiffany's would make and Anna Dodge would wear!

    I hope you get more commissions like that!

    All you 50th year folks should get something extra special. I know it feels like you are getting old. You don't look like it though. Or feel like it. 50 is still so young and vigorous.
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    I think I need to start saving!! - got 2 years to go. Chances are I'll have to buy my special present myself, but hey - I get to decide all on my own.

    - Karin

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    Gorgeous pearls with the perfect clasp. I have enjoyed all the comments. I'm afraid that pearls won't make up for being 54, but they sure do put a smile on my face!

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    Great job Kevin!! What a gorgeous piece!
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    Oh come on. There is a pearl for everything.

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    Thanks for the kind words - its a beautiful piece for sure!

    Can you believe it was her first pearl necklace? She is thoroughly addicted now though!
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    Default Simply gorgeous!

    These pearls! I'm repeating everyone else's compliments but had to add my admiring words!
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