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    Why?

    Steve, would you be willing to share those articles with me?
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    Why?

    I don't know how I missed this thread previously, but what a great one! My thoughts are that micro habitats with micro environments exist within the broader landscape ecology. There are likely numerous factors as have been mentioned here that can impact color production. I don't have access to...
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    Pinctada Maculata (Pipi) Pearls

    I love seeing tangents on questions! You guys are awesome 😁 Someone recently asked me if the surgical procedure for pearl culturing was painful for the mollusk. I don't have good access to journals any longer and couldn't really find any information on whether mollusks have pain receptors in...
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    Pearls by the Bay 2024

    Is anyone hanging around on the 20th? I'm planning to go sight seeing in San Francisco that day and need a pal!
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    Hi Ladies and Gents!glorious pearls as always. I'm looking to purchase a WSSP drop but need vendor recommendations. Any good ones out there?
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    Pinctada Maculata (Pipi) Pearls

    I've heard that there are some atolls where beds are producing only one color and some where one side of an atoll produces one color while another side produces another color. To me this is fascinating, biologically speaking. What's causing these color differences? Genetics research might...
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    Pinctada Maculata (Pipi) Pearls

    It's difficult to get the funding for research on non-game mammals as well. I had to get a genetics lab to donate their time and running their equipment in order to do my woodrat research. Hybridization is the most interesting point of research to me because of its conservation implications and...
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    Pinctada Maculata (Pipi) Pearls

    Steve, I've got a few dark ones in my collection as well.
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    Pinctada Maculata (Pipi) Pearls

    What a ring, Steve! Well done! I'm glad to hear that there's been some regrowth of the beds. David, always fascinating biological information! I'm interested in doing some genetic research on P. maculata, but would need to find the time, funds and partners. I've just gotten into genetic...
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    Biggest sized pipi I've ever held!!
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    My Natural Pearl Collection

    Biggest sized pipi I've ever held!! Over 7mm and excellent quality. Usually the bigger sized pearls out of pipis have fair to poor surface quality and luster. 7mm is very large for the species. Strack states the average size for the species is 4-5mm but that information is outdated and what I've...
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    They're very subtle
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    Th These pearls really glow! They look fantastic on you!
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    It's a really dreary day here in NC. So I made a moody necklace with Tahitian keshi, raw diamonds and garnets.
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    It's feeling like springtime in the southeastern US and I broke out my spring pearl necklace! It features Brazilian amethyst and SOC keshis wrapped in 22kt gold with 18k gold chain in the back. It feels good to pull out pearls in sunny skies today.
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    This thread is consistently filled with amazing pearls! It's such an inspiration. Thank you to everyone who posts your lovely pearls 😍😍😍😍😍
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    These were on a shopping app recently and when I finally decided to buy them, they had sold! 😩😩 Thank you so much, Lary!!
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    These were on a shopping app recently and when I finally decided to buy them, they had sold! 😩😩
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    I did make the setting! It's in 18k fairmined gold and it reminds me of a rock pool 😁
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    Natural deep sea scallop pearl
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