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  1. hbyrne

    Freshwater Pearls found in French River...

    Hello there Pearl People! I've been away from the forum for quite a while but I thought I'd share a find which a friend of mine made in a French river... they are undrilled and had collected against the riverbank. I've not seen them other than in this photo but considered this perhaps a rare...
  2. hbyrne

    Help with Vintage Pearl Ring

    Hello there fellow Pearlers! I've a new vintage find which has some curious features and is beyond my knowledge of Pearls, so I'm wondering if any of you clever peeps can tell anything from these pics? The Pearls are rather bulbous in their setting and the two end ones are pear shaped with...
  3. hbyrne

    Species Certification

    Hello there Pearlfriends! This may well have been asked a few times before, but does anyone know which of the labs now show species ID on their certificates? I was assuming the Swiss lab did, but apparently not now..... Thank you in anticipation.
  4. hbyrne

    The Elusive Scottish Pearl

    Hello Pearllovers! I've not posted in quite a while, but thought to share my latest find. From a seller who was directed to the shop as 'the lady over the alley likes Pearls', this unassuming little Victorian three Pearl ring. The seller was Scottish and said it was her G-Grandmother's and her...
  5. hbyrne

    Opalised Pearls!!

    I love pearls, I love opals, these would make me a fab pair of 'odd-earrings'!! What d'you think?! http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-06/opalised-pearls-found-coober-pedy-south-australia/7145890
  6. hbyrne

    Gorgeous golds....

    Hello Pearlfans, I've been meaning to post some photos of this sumptuous necklace for some time now, and as it's been a sunny day I think the pics I've taken show the colours fairly well. I've no knowledge as to their origin other than that it's old, maybe circa 1920's, the neck is 18", and...
  7. hbyrne

    Mikimoto clasp...guesses as to age anyone?

    Hello there! Is it possible that anyone could help date a Miki clasp? Hopefully they are genuine? I bought these pretties recently and am curious as to their age. They're an unusual, but very nice 23 inches finished length, 5.5mm. I'd be muchly grateful for any comments...
  8. hbyrne

    River or Sea?

    I've a new pretty to ponder over, and wondered if anyone could say what their hunch is with the Pearl? It is perhaps a bit worn and has low lustre, but I love it's gentle bouton shape. It's an antique ring, probably made around a hundred years ago. Nice old hand-cut Diamonds. I haven't had it...
  9. hbyrne

    Vintage yellow cultured pearls

    Hello there! I have a new find...some pretty graduated cultureds. They go from 6-9mm and are markedly yellow in tone. I'm thinking they're 1950's maybe, and wondering, as I've seen others similarly coloured and this age, was this a popular colour for pearls at the time, or an indication of the...
  10. hbyrne

    Strangely beautiful old non-nacreous pearl.

    Hello Pearlfriends! I've got a curious new find... What I think I have here is a non-nacreous pearl. What this pearl resembles most closely is a lump of dried candle wax, or a very small petrified ghost, but I'm pretty sure some of you knowledgeable peeps here will be able to tell me what this...
  11. hbyrne

    Mystery bouton Pearl

    I'm wondering if I can pick your brains on this 5mm bouton-shaped pearl which was in with a box of loose antique pearls I bought some time ago? It should have some age to it as all the rest were Georgian/Victorian vintage. Dependent on what it is, it may be perfect to sit in the centre of an...
  12. hbyrne

    Article on the pearl industry in Arabia

  13. hbyrne

    Scottish Tay Pearl locket on Ebay

    This rare and lovely pearl is too good not to share..can't seem to put the link in, but anybody interested should be able to find it by searching for Tay Pearl
  14. hbyrne

    New find...

    Hello there fellow pearlers! I'm just looking for opinions on this two-row antique necklace which I bought recently. It looks natural to me, but almost all the pearls have flattened, filed ends, some with non-nacreous elements to them. Are they just very poor quality? When I bought them they...
  15. hbyrne

    Antique Freshwater Pendant

    Hello Pearlers...I haven't been around much lately as life has been v busy, but I thought I'd share my latest find. I don't know, but it looks to me as though it is a US freshwater pearl. The pearl itself is just under 3cm long and 1.5 wide, and the mount custom made and is gold (I haven't...
  16. hbyrne

    My prize for passing the GIA pearl course!

    It's finally arrived! Just as lovely as I had anticipated...in 10k gold. It's an American piece. Natural pearls, but no idea where from...I had thought they might be FW? They each measure 7-8mm in length and are slightly flat backed. What d'you think of it?
  17. hbyrne

    Tay pearl brooch?

    Hello there....I don't know if any of you saw this amusing little fellow on Ebay? Well, I finally caved in and bought him. He arrived this morning, and I'm more than pleased. He has such personality, with his cute cabochon ruby eye and handmade gold setting. He was sold as an antique baroque...
  18. hbyrne

    Exciting looking box of old pearls...

    PGers....Just had to share, as I'm sooo beside myself...sorting through this little box of old pearls..quite a few look promising as naturals :-)) Any tips on how to go about this? I'm just putting them in groups with others that look similar. Good job I'm not working tomorrow!! Happily, Helen
  19. hbyrne

    Tiny treasure

    I thought id share one of my little beauties with you all...This little natural pearl and table-cut diamond brooch as been lying in its specially made silk-lined box for over two hundred years...that's how many generations, who have looked after it and kept it safe? Where has it been and where...
  20. hbyrne

    Funny old pearl...

    Hello PGers...As I'm doing the GIA course at the moment, I've been obsessively examining every pearl I come across, and this one has me stumped! It comes from a bag of 'old pearls' I've had 'knocking about' for some time and which i use for repairs. It is quite distinctively bluey/grey in...