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    Quote Originally Posted by Camelotshadow View Post
    You can tell alot from a clasp such as age as pearls are harder to judge age. I look for old mine cuts myself.
    I think I did not see your post before, but beware of dating necklaces from the clasp ! A new match between clasps and strands is very common.
    I found many necklaces that have been updated with more contemporary clasps as from the XVIII century to comply with customers taste.
    You may know I have documented a story of clasps over 4000 years, link under my signature and there is a post I started there :
    When I met the Victoria and Albert museum in London, that's the first thing the curator warned me about.
    Clasps are such a passion but very tricky sometimes ...

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    I was thinking about the previous picture I added, and remember now the drops are removables as the 2 strands (c clasps)
    So it's possible the necklace is the same, and was displayed with 9 drops and only one strand.
    It can esily explain why there are so many variations, if the drop display is free, possible to put one or 9, and with variable number of pearls between them.
    Not easy to know, without knowing if the clasps are original or later adds.
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