Natural Saltwater Pearls from KC Bell

Despite their imperfections, these natural saltwater pearls from KC Bell have a luminous quality that captures the viewer. That is why natural pearls almost sell themselves. No one speaks as seductively as nacre!

KC Bell: Natural saltwater pearl strands


More captivating still, look at this triple strand.

KC Bell: Triple strand natural pearls


For pearl lovers, this is what we dream about.

KC Bell: Long graduated strand of natural pearls


All pearls courtesy of KC Bell
KCB Natural Pearls

Blaire Beavers
Managing Editor
Pearl Guide News
 
Mr. Bell,

Your name was given to me by Richard D. Torrey a few years ago when I inquired of him information re authenticating my pearl necklace which was given to me when I worked in Bahrain during the mid '80s. Since that tine, I have sent them to GIA and had them certified. The main info the certificate contained states: "107 drilled pearls in a graduated necklace with a yellow metal clasp, 13.94 grams gross; ranging from 3.45 x 3.18 mm to 7.62 x 7.16 mm; from inctada species, saltwater pearls." However, the strand contained a single "undetermined freshwater pearl from the Unionidae family, 18th from the clasp."

Friends at PearlGuide.co, say they have heard of this before and the undetermined pearl represents a "poison pearl" and is the signature/marker of the original stringer. Two of them, jshepheard and BWeaves, said they have seen a necklace with a poison pearl at GIA Bangkok and at Hisanos. This tells me that my necklace is possibly an antique. It's impossible to read the stamps on the gold clasp as they're very worn but I'm still trying different ways.

At this point, I'm now 82, my daughters don't want the pearls and neither do my granddaughters, so I want to sell them. Do you have any suggestions in that department?

Really appreciate any advice you can offer.

Thanks so much in advance.
 

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Mr. Bell,

Your name was given to me by Richard D. Torrey a few years ago when I inquired of him information re authenticating my pearl necklace which was given to me when I worked in Bahrain during the mid '80s. Since that tine, I have sent them to GIA and had them certified. The main info the certificate contained states: "107 drilled pearls in a graduated necklace with a yellow metal clasp, 13.94 grams gross; ranging from 3.45 x 3.18 mm to 7.62 x 7.16 mm; from inctada species, saltwater pearls." However, the strand contained a single "undetermined freshwater pearl from the Unionidae family, 18th from the clasp."

Friends at PearlGuide.co, say they have heard of this before and the undetermined pearl represents a "poison pearl" and is the signature/marker of the original stringer. Two of them, jshepheard and BWeaves, said they have seen a necklace with a poison pearl at GIA Bangkok and at Hisanos. This tells me that my necklace is possibly an antique. It's impossible to read the stamps on the gold clasp as they're very worn but I'm still trying different ways.

At this point, I'm now 82, my daughters don't want the pearls and neither do my granddaughters, so I want to sell them. Do you have any suggestions in that department?

Really appreciate any advice you can offer.

Thanks so much in advance.
The text was written by Blaire Beavers, so you are not actually reaching out to Mr KC Bell @Savannah82
KC Bell has since retired, but there are other possible venues to explore on selling your necklace.
 
In Europe there was "Shanghai Gems" in Geneva, Switzerland. The original owners also retired some years ago, and I don't know if the new owners, but it might be a company to try.
Thanks, I’ll try them. I also have to research on money/purchase transfer as I’m clueless about how it’s done. I wish one of my daughters had wanted the necklace but they both said they didn’t want the responsibility. Drats. Would have made it easier for moi!
 
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