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  1. BAS

    GSS set, aka, "There's no such thing as a free lunch":

    And finally, a few neck shots (with a temporary ball clasp). First with my Golden Lantern pendant, then with a robe and with a blue nightgown:
  2. BAS

    GSS set, aka, "There's no such thing as a free lunch":

    I haven't received the strand restrung with the toggle clasp yet, but here are glamour shots courtesy of PP and Jo:
  3. BAS

    GSS set, aka, "There's no such thing as a free lunch":

    Then came the fun of choosing a clasp and designing findings for the ovals. I was fortunate enough to meet with John, Hisano and Jeremy at PP the next month to discuss options. Hisano and I ended up with "sister" diamond toggle clasps for our GSS strand and tin cup. John used 18 carat gold...
  4. BAS

    GSS set, aka, "There's no such thing as a free lunch":

    I ended up buying this strand and a pair of (even deeper) golden ovals for earrings: Here are both strands pre-strung. Mine is the outer strand:
  5. BAS

    GSS set, aka, "There's no such thing as a free lunch":

    In the Fall, my bff from college treated me to a sushi lunch so we could catch up. Over lunch she admired my baroque silver/blue akoya set, wishing she had pearls other than "black and white" (Tahitian and WSS). She wished she had golden pearls. I asked her if she was serious, because I knew...
  6. BAS

    Share your Pearl Paradise Private Launch Purchases!

    Thanks, everyone! I also had no idea how large it was. But baby nurse is a sleuth and she guessed mm size based on the pictures with the lantern pearls on the Pearl Paradise cleaning cloth. She compared it with the letters, which we can measure at home. Lantern slept on my neck last night...
  7. BAS

    Share your Pearl Paradise Private Launch Purchases!

    So, after wandering from Distribution Center to Distribution Center in LA for a week, my Lantern finally arrived last night. My first thought was beautiful, and then my eye befell a nacre flaw which I had a passionate negative reaction to. I like a clean skin and evenly distributed nacre...
  8. BAS

    Share your Pearl Paradise Private Launch Purchases!

    The swapping and trading continue! I use my WSS strand as the measurement for the most amount of weight I'm comfortable with: VIP055 and VIP057 together weigh: Therefore, I can not wear them together. VIP055 looks better on my neck so, drumroll please, VIP057 will be finding a new home...
  9. BAS

    Share your Pearl Paradise Private Launch Purchases!

    I received VIP055 yesterday. It's absolutely luscious. It's bluer than VIP057, which is more colorful and more red. VIP057 has a ball clasp. VIP055 has an orbit clasp (thank you, Red!): I like the colors in VIP057 better, but I think VIP055 looks better on my skin. I'll try to post a...
  10. BAS

    Share your Pearl Paradise Private Launch Purchases!

    Purranha, mine arrived today, too! I was worried that "burgundy" wouldn't be quite the shade I liked. But man, are these pearls gorgeous! Frankly, they're making me reconsider the original deep lavenders... Glamour Shot and description "Naturally colored Edison Freshwater strand measuring...
  11. BAS

    AAA or Freshadama

    Lavender is extremely tricky. They can have tones of blue, or pink, and even brown! Deep lavender is a rarity. I happened to take a shot of my lavenders for another thread. You can see my jumble of a triple strand in AAA seems pink in comparison to my newest, deepest single lavender strand...
  12. BAS

    Share your Pearl Paradise Private Launch Purchases!

    Katbran, that's a good question. I was positive my fireballs were drilled at the "head" versus the "tail", but I took them out to examine. Some are drilled at the tail! All my photos posted sideways... "Goldfish" designed by Hisano (PP): Triple fireball pendant designed by John Dwight...
  13. BAS

    Share your Pearl Paradise Private Launch Purchases!

    Thanks everyone. I'm on the mend. Red, yes, it's the new fireball. I'm thinking of having it made into an enhancer. Believe it or not, I do not have even one enhancer! I was never into tin cups. Now I have many and I love them. I was never into enhancers and this cute little devil is...
  14. BAS

    Share your Pearl Paradise Private Launch Purchases!

    I'm home recovering from a virus, so playing with pearls is calling to me. My newest lavender makes my other lavenders look pink in comparison!
  15. BAS

    Share your Pearl Paradise Private Launch Purchases!

    I received this strand when it was already dark outside, so here is a shot under kitchen lighting. I placed it on my triple lavender to show how truly saturated with color these pearls are.
  16. BAS

    Regula White vs Natural White Hanadama akoya

    Here are my pinked hanadamas which I happen to be wearing today. They do look white on my skin: (If anyone wants to right the photo, feel free!)
  17. BAS

    A Year of Pearls in the Life of a Pre-K Teacher:

    DAY 176: This concludes my thread!!! I just said tearful good-byes to the students and 10 weeks of vacay start NOW!!!
  18. BAS

    A Year of Pearls in the Life of a Pre-K Teacher:

    DAY 174: little h freshwater geode dangles with pistachio baroque akoya tin cup (very few on this earth would know what this means!):
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