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    OK Caltiin as promise here is where I show my naivet? - is this a abalone pearl or just a bit of polished shell? It is from my wife's collection and her grandmother gave it to her many a year ago. Other than this I just have a few loose pearls here and there. Of course who knows what might be hiding in a corner of lock box somewhere or what I might find tomorrow LOL.

    But I am working on that connoisseurship title.

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    Abalone typically have horn shaped pearls, but this one appears to be a piece of cut shell. The nacreous surface is narrow and concaved while the prismatic structure appears in layers. If this were a natural pearl, the nacre would surround the pearl, obscuring the prismatic layers and an amount of conchiolin would be present on the opposite side.

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