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Recent content by Katbran

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    Posting my Edison strand here... Hoping it never fades...

    Just to speak briefly to the 'natural ' colour of Edison pearls . It's really only quite recently that it's become general knowledge that some of the pearls have been enhanced. Apparently it's the dark purple and the deep raspberry that are the most subject to fading. So many sellers believe...
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    Looking for round akoya keshi

    Im sure you can order some from the Japanese pearl companies . Takahashi on IG can usually find small pearls for jobs like this.. where are you located? You don't want to spend a fortune on shipping if you just need a couple of tiny pearls. They look to be a soft white so maybe a cream shade or...
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    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing….

    They don't look like Mabe but they could be pearls that have a very flat base. I've got some baroque freshwater beauties that are almost dead flat with a high dome .
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    New here. Looking for basic advice.

    Good Idea JP ! Graym- I agree that you wouldn't want to go smaller than 8mm for a strand. PP has a pink 8-8.5 Freshwater strand for $350 ?
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    I need your advice.

    Well grading is individual - one sellers Gem grade is anothers AAA . That's why it's important to know the sellers you are dealing with very well and what standard they are using. Is there a definition of the Grades on the Web Site so you can see the standard of Lustre and Flaws acceptable...
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    How to fix pearls without glue

    It does look like they used long head pins to wrap onto the chain that runs behind them. But there are a few that look like they might be glued to each other - this would help stabilise the cluster.
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    Natural SSP?

    I've not tried it but someone at a show told me that a phone flashlight can work as well lol I'll have to try it now that I've remembered that. Jeremy....that ring.....holy moly !
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    Please help identify makers mark on gorgeous pearl strand🙏

    Agree they are decent but not remarkable Freshwater - the ball clasp is pretty common and it is most likely the factory stamp.
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    jeg - love that strand ! I used to use Spinel quite a bit in pieces - lovely substitute for black diamonds :) And I love that top ! You have the best linen ! And those colourful tahitians ! ooooh la la 86C - those crosses are stunning !!
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    I need your advice.

    I think it was very good of PP to honour a return after so long. As for the second seller: It sounds like the issue would be sorted with a simple exchange since it's just a matter of incorrect size ... I don't know if this is a question of pearl size or necklace length . If they shipped the...
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    Can you help identify this clasp

    It certainly seems like they were reworked into a double strand - that said it would be a good idea to get them cleaned and reknotted if it hasn't been done for years. It's very pretty ! Keep an eye out for a loose Miki clasp.. your mum might have saved it .
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    I'm so far behind on this thread !! AzFly - wonderful to see you and sorry you've been suffering post Covid issues. But you have all those beautiful pearls to lift your spirits . And I love Gold and White combos !! 86C - those FIJI ... ooo la la ! Where did you find those ...
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    Any info on these please

    Definitely keep that clasp !! Pearls... meh?
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    I.d. on baroque pearls? I cant figure out how to post text, so will comment in thread with details, thanks!

    Oh those are really lovely ! I agree , baroque Akoya and really nice looking !
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    My First South Sea Pearl 💛

    Well that's a good find and a wonderful colour !! Enjoy !