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Recent content by Pearl Dreams

  1. Pearl Dreams

    Exception to the rule?

    I would also restring them. Unknotted as they are, if the thread is old it is more likely to break, and then you'd potentially lose the pearls.
  2. Pearl Dreams

    Exception to the rule?

    If you will enjoy and wear them regardless of what they are, then you don't need to get them tested. If you pay to get them tested and find out they aren't naturals, will you enjoy them less, knowing how much more they ended up costing you? If so, then don't get them tested. But if finding...
  3. Pearl Dreams

    Thoughts on these please

    Wonderful-- enjoy them!
  4. Pearl Dreams

    Thoughts on these please

    That's about US$ 414 for the studs-- a low price for that large pair of studs if they are SSP. Is that the 50% off price? They do look nice. I researched Naccara pearls and found thair Facebook page and this article. It seems this brand sells freshwater pearls as well as Majorica brand...
  5. Pearl Dreams

    What are these? Pearls or Beads?

    Clarifying, Jeremy-- are mussel shell beads used for nuclei non-iridescent, lacking the iridescent bands in MOP beads?
  6. Pearl Dreams

    What are these? Pearls or Beads?

    Would Jewelmer use those in culturing GSS, or would they buy whiter nuclei?
  7. Pearl Dreams

    What are these? Pearls or Beads?

    Not washboard mussels, Douglas? Too big for those?
  8. Pearl Dreams

    Stringing Tutorial with photos: Stringing on Serafil, Beaders Secret & Power Pro

    Fine? #40? I'd really go with Medium #30 unless the pearls are really tiny. I've only used Fine #40 for my 3-7mm necklace.
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    Stringing Tutorial with photos: Stringing on Serafil, Beaders Secret & Power Pro

    I normally use #30 Serafil, the medium size, for pearls that have 0.8mm drill holes. (This is basically all my pearls, the largest of which graduate up to a center pearl of up to 12-13.8mm.) I would reserve #20 for pearls that have 1 mm drill holes, as some larger pearls do. It's not just the...
  10. Pearl Dreams

    What are these? Pearls or Beads?

    These are shell beads.
  11. Pearl Dreams

    How do I attach Pictures?

    You did manage to attach them! The first few posts of new members have to be approved manually. Looks like an imitation strand on the left and a shell (mother of pearl) strand on the right.
  12. Pearl Dreams

    Thrift Store Find

    Agree, and they're nicer than many strands I've seen. Enjoy them!
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    Stringing Tutorial with photos: Stringing on Serafil, Beaders Secret & Power Pro

    The first few posts of new members have to be manually approved; that's why you were having trouble finding replies here on the thread. I did reply in private conversation but feel free to post on the thread again. :)
  14. Pearl Dreams

    Stringing Tutorial with photos: Stringing on Serafil, Beaders Secret & Power Pro

    Try to finish! But if you still don't have enough thread, then yes, you will need to start over. You need to cut a piece of thread that is 5x the intended finished length of your necklace. If you have to redo it, try to be philosophical about it-- think of it as a learning curve. I have...
  15. Pearl Dreams

    What kind are they?

    That concentration of pink dye confirms that they are dyed.
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