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  1. SteveM

    Ideas for how to use a pearl tassel

    Additionally it would seem quite difficult to create a bail that would successfully match that cap.
  2. SteveM

    Show us your live event purchases!

    SOC keshi pendant, 18k two-sided setting based on the Grace model. Custom findings took a bit longer to complete. Photo by Pearl Paradise before leaving the studio, as my initial attempts to capture the pearls upon receipt have been woefully inadequate. Thanks to Hisano for her diligence and...
  3. SteveM

    What’s my Grandfathers Clam Pearl Worth

    Definitely better than the pearl alone. Does the top of the locket press down on the pearl to keep pearl and shell in place?
  4. SteveM

    Ideas for how to use a pearl tassel

    Elias, I've since discovered a mine of threads here on tassels over the years. Search 'tassel' in thread titles. What about your bail? Are you considering an enhancer? The clasp on the attached piece would accommodate ours, in addition to the aforementioned chain, strand of GSS, etc...
  5. SteveM

    Eureka, Elizabeth Strack's Pearls

    That was at the Tucson Gem Show, AGTA theme that year was pearls and all the luminaries and top researchers were there. One of my greatest pearl memories was sitting at dinner with Elizabeth, our own Douglas (Cortez Pearls) and Blaire (GemGeek). Wish I had a group photo, but here I was with...
  6. SteveM

    Pearls by the Bay 2024

    Just picked up the finished ring, photo on a CLOUDY Seattle morning. We're very pleased with this serendipitous result of meeting Edgar at PBTB and Wendy's expert guidance here prior to meeting with the jeweler. Updating measurements, that replacement for the original lost Poe Pipi is actually...
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    Certainly, any baroques trying to pass as keshis may be discovered by keeping on good terms with your dentist and his X-Ray equipment. The greater challenge is distinguishing a tissue-nucleated keshi from a natural. Nucleation refers to the insertion of mantle tissue. If a bead is inserted...
  8. SteveM

    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    Congratulations, also to those striking pearls for finding such a worthy home!
  9. SteveM

    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    Appreciate the back comments. There are those in the Indo-Pacific that seem to have taken up that torch to commercial benefit. It is also reflective that 'round' is not the mantra it once was.
  10. SteveM

    Can I extract this pearl?

    Just looked on Amazon and Gyan Books out of New Delhi has a leather-bound edition, $62 delivered no charge for Prime by early August. I'd say that would make a perfect gift for a pearl lover, even if that pearl lover is one's self!
  11. SteveM

    Ideas for how to use a pearl tassel

    Elias, thanks and that makes sense. As for jewelry, I'm a work in progress. If you decide on small golden pearls for your tassel I could provide a lead.
  12. SteveM

    Ideas for how to use a pearl tassel

    For us it will be a chain, a hefty weave like foxtail. In another thread just yesterday yellow vs. white metal for gold pearls came up, with mixed opinions. I tend towards white for this, especially as the cap will have the gold pearls embedded which would tend to disappear. But my avatar is a...
  13. SteveM

    Pinctada Maculata (Pipi) Pearls

    Just today a new thread appeared regarding TASSELS that induced my posting of the project in mind.
  14. SteveM

    Ideas for how to use a pearl tassel

    That tassel cap has a very attractive rustic look. As for replacement pearls much depends on your budget. Seed (under 2mm) pearls or small keshi would provide much richer appearance than the original. Gold would be great. As I'm not aware of another tassel thread here at P-G I'll add to this...
  15. SteveM

    Show us your live event purchases!

    Very good point and yes platinum for its own sake is not the right approach.
  16. SteveM

    Show us your live event purchases!

    I'm with you and that pendant is very striking.
  17. SteveM

    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    One more return to keshis. Following the SOC live stream in which I missed a keshi bracelet lot another lot was offered that I stupidly passed on as I had bracelet on the brain. The pearls were beautifully formed. Would it make commercial sense for SOC to increasingly specialize in keshi and...
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    Can I extract this pearl?

    That's helpful, as it looks like the pearl was quite well formed before it became attached to the shell. The nacre layers after attachment are not attractive. The same happens in clam pearls, when something originally beautiful can become grotesque. Again, the expertise required to remove nacre...
  19. SteveM

    Can I extract this pearl?

    Ken Scarratt pointed me to it at AGTA in 2011, it was already very rare.
  20. SteveM

    Can I extract this pearl?

    I'll take this one. You'll only find out when you start digging, cutting the blister out of the shell first. You might try polishing, as the extinct art of pearl pealing requires experience and skill and the patience of a yogi (as described in Louis Kornitzer, 'The Pearl Trader', from the...
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