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    Please take look at this "pearl" if that is what it is and tell me what I have here. It passes the tooth test. Under magnification it looks pretty much as it does to the eye alone.

    Acquired some years ago I've never been certain, it is not drilled and has a dimple that should be vissable in the images. Not exactly a sphere, it measures 7.1 and 7.3 mm. I get 0.83 grams, 4.15 carats.

    It does not transmit light at all, the inside of the dimple is black.

    Any thoughts on this object are graciously appreciated.
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    I would have guessed it was an undrilled Tahitian.

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    It looks like pearl to me, not sure if it's Tahitian... does it have overtone?
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    Is it easy to find an undrilled dyed freshwater, though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by perlinda View Post
    It looks like pearl to me, not sure if it's Tahitian... does it have overtone?
    Yes sort of a iridescent purple blue. I'll try to image it this evening if I get a chance.

    Meanwhile can a mod please fix my title sphere not spear - I suffer from weird brain.

    thanks

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    Hmm, "iridescent purple blue" sounds like it just might be a dyed fresh water pearl. You might try to look at pictures from the on-line sellers of Tahitians to see if you've got that kind of overtone. And perhaps compare with shots of dyed FW.

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    Looks like a Tahitian Pearl to me. A cultured Tahitian. Maybe some more photos with in from different angles might help. To me it looks like the real thing and not a dyed freshwater pearl. Had a few bad experiences with them so .... well I would be one of the first to say if it looked like a dyed fw. Chinese fw dyed are getting better and better but you have not bought a necklace, just one pearl and I think a SW Tahitian. Just my opinion but I will stand by it. Got that somewhat funky look many Tahitians have i.e. pimple


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodecia View Post
    Looks like a Tahitian Pearl to me. A cultured Tahitian. Maybe some more photos with in from different angles might help. To me it looks like the real thing and not a dyed freshwater pearl. Had a few bad experiences with them so .... well I would be one of the first to say if it looked like a dyed fw. Chinese fw dyed are getting better and better but you have not bought a necklace, just one pearl and I think a SW Tahitian. Just my opinion but I will stand by it. Got that somewhat funky look many Tahitians have i.e. pimple


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    Ok and thank you

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    Except for the little dimple on it, everything else points towards it being a dyed FWP. However, the dimple weighs heavier tilting the scale towards it being a Tahitian...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amrita View Post
    Except for the little dimple on it, everything else points towards it being a dyed FWP. However, the dimple weighs heavier tilting the scale towards it being a Tahitian...
    So if this were ever drilled should the dimple be avoided?

    Or should it never be drilled?

    thanks

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