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Re: trusted Etsy vendors etc....

Nerida Harris owns Pearl Perfection is in Australia. Suite 3-6, FDC House, 137 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Catherine Cardellini Pearls is also in Australia, from her site... I live in Australia's Top End (about five minutes drive out of Darwin)

by NacreLover

December 4th, 2016, 4:14 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: trusted Etsy vendors etc....

Replies: 6

Views: 73
Re: trusted Etsy vendors etc....

I can't help with esty vendors but have you looked on ebay? Are you looking for pearl knotting tutorials also? The other forum has the lowley beaders club and it contains all kinds of information on stringing and making jewelry with pearls.

by NacreLover

December 4th, 2016, 3:51 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: trusted Etsy vendors etc....

Replies: 1

Views: 47
Re: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

I think you miss understood me. The MOP beads can be found in faux and cultured pearls. They don't necessasarally use glass or plastic beads in faux pearls. I was given multiple strands of faux pearls with mop beads inside by my friend. The weight is the same as genuine pearl strands.

by NacreLover

November 23rd, 2016, 10:20 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Replies: 22

Views: 502
Re: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

I live in CA also. I bought mine last week at Sprouts. But any health food type store usually carries it. Whole foods etc even GNC has it.

by NacreLover

November 22nd, 2016, 2:57 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Replies: 22

Views: 502
Re: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Sarah, Are you going to clean these up and hope to find enough for a bracelet? Or can we help you find some new loose pearls so the item can be worn again. It may be cheaper than you think.... (we are enablers, and after all, the world is our oyster)

by NacreLover

November 22nd, 2016, 2:01 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Replies: 22

Views: 502
Re: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Some create faux pearls using MOP beads also. It makes them feel more real weight wise. Here is a photo of different grades of Mop beads.

by NacreLover

November 22nd, 2016, 1:58 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Replies: 22

Views: 502
Re: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Yes, Ennui, It would be even better is these are real golden akoya's, not fakes.... Also, can we see a side shot of one of the loose pearls so we can see the drill hole? A clean one of possible.

by NacreLover

November 22nd, 2016, 10:34 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Replies: 22

Views: 502
Re: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Sarah, Have you considered washing them yourself yet? These photo's have me more confused with the better shots. A good washing should make it easier to see exactly what you have here. I've seen akoya's peel but the mop bead shows when the nacre pops off, your's have another layer of nacre. My husba...

by NacreLover

November 22nd, 2016, 8:49 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Replies: 22

Views: 502
Re: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

I am sorry, I can't give you a value. You haven't told us the size of your pearls and I am not even sure at this point what type they are. If they are old , more than likely they are akoya's. Some appear off round which makes me think freshwater, but freshwater rounds are too new to be vintage pearl...

by NacreLover

November 21st, 2016, 7:30 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Replies: 22

Views: 502
Re: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

bizzarrea, It appears from your photo you have more than just one pearl with damage to the nacre. Once they are cleaned up it will be easier for you to appraise the damage to the pearls in your strand. If you find you have too many to make it wearable as a double strand you have options. Use the dam...

by NacreLover

November 20th, 2016, 3:22 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Replies: 22

Views: 502
Re: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

It's hard to tell with the photo's you provided but with a 14k sapphire clasp, I would assume so. This is what I would do if they were given to me. Go to the store and buy a small bottle of Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Liquid baby Soap and a gallon of distilled water. Put a teaspoon in a bowl with tep...

by NacreLover

November 20th, 2016, 9:14 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: My Pearls are Peeling - are they real?

Replies: 22

Views: 502
Re: Pearls by the yard/tin cup

$900.00 seems pretty steep for that tin cup. You could buy the amount of loose baroque baby blue akoya's from a vendor and then buy the sterling or white gold chain and wire from Rio Grande. Depending on the amount of pearls and the length, this would be less than the item shown.

by NacreLover

November 18th, 2016, 9:43 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: Pearls by the yard/tin cup

Replies: 9

Views: 231
Re: looking for advice from pearl experts

Love Dogs. Your original question was about Honora. Honora sells many qualities of pearls but many are just commercial grade and not worth the prices they sell for. If you are interested in a hombre freshwater strand in better quality for your birthday call the vendors on our page with the trusted v...

by NacreLover

November 17th, 2016, 10:11 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: looking for advice from pearl experts

Replies: 14

Views: 361
Re: looking for advice from pearl experts

This freshwater strand is screaming dyed. Golden South sea pearls for instance are not this color.

by NacreLover

November 16th, 2016, 4:59 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: looking for advice from pearl experts

Replies: 14

Views: 361
Re: looking for advice from pearl experts

Yes, they look too good to be true. Avoid this seller. Some are dyed and some appear created. The sellers descriptions of some items on their ebay page are in error. They have to know they are selling dyed freshwater and calling them Tahitians.... Just say'n. If you are curious how they have a 100 f...

by NacreLover

November 16th, 2016, 1:09 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: looking for advice from pearl experts

Replies: 14

Views: 361
Re: Cultured Pearl Association of America South Sea Trip

Last years winner will be heading on her trip soon. Can't wait for the photos.

by NacreLover

November 13th, 2016, 8:59 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: Cultured Pearl Association of America South Sea Trip

Replies: 13

Views: 594
Re: New earrings!

Black pearls are said to be naturally grown at a ratio of only one per 400 thousand black-lip pearl oysters, and have been legendary famous from ancient times and loved by royalty and nobility because of its rarity. Kabira Bay of Ishigaki Island, the southernmost tip of Japan, is the northernmost bl...

by NacreLover

November 11th, 2016, 10:42 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: New earrings!

Replies: 16

Views: 532
Re: New earrings!

I got another message this evening. He is going to inquire and will tell me what he finds out.

by NacreLover

November 11th, 2016, 9:57 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: New earrings!

Replies: 16

Views: 532
Re: New earrings!

LadyMCh. Well I heard back from the pearl farmer I was telling you about a few days ago. He knew the farm but had no idea what type of mollusk they were using to create the pearls. I will inquire further and ask others.

by NacreLover

November 11th, 2016, 4:25 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: New earrings!

Replies: 16

Views: 532
Re: New earrings!

Interesting. I have a facebook friend who grows Lake Kasumi-ga-ura freshwater pearls. I have contacted him to ask if he knows about your farm and the people who run it. Just when you think you have everything you need in your collection, you find there are more pearls in other area's.

by NacreLover

November 8th, 2016, 11:14 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: New earrings!

Replies: 16

Views: 532
Re: New earrings!

Very interesting. I tried to look this up but there is little information on them. I wonder if they are just growing the black lipped oysters in another area. If this is the case, no wonder your pendant is such a great match. I know Douglas McLaurin grows some black lips at his farm in the Sea of Co...

by NacreLover

November 8th, 2016, 10:53 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: New earrings!

Replies: 16

Views: 532
Re: New earrings!

Beautiful little studs. Love that green color. Can we see your pendant also?

by NacreLover

November 8th, 2016, 9:12 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: New earrings!

Replies: 16

Views: 532
Re: 24KK GSS Pearls

More than likely they have loose undrilled pearls these colors for pendants and earrings if you don't want to buy a whole strand.

by NacreLover

October 31st, 2016, 10:04 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: 24KK GSS Pearls

Replies: 12

Views: 683
Re: Help please , are these original Mikimoto pearls ?

I can't give you a definitive answer but I suspect it is a fake. This documentation has not been filled out for your sepecific strand and could have been sold with the strand or had been part of inventory of a jewelry store closing. Your seller could have filled in the 1966 portion himself. I have a...

by NacreLover

October 24th, 2016, 7:53 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: Help please , are these original Mikimoto pearls ?

Replies: 1

Views: 331
Re: 24KK GSS Pearls

Luvglitz, My necklace is not as large as yours. 9-11.6 Mine are also considered oval, but appear round to the eye when worn. I don't blame you for not wanting to loose your pearls if you don't have pierced ears. My mother wore clips for years My husband had a health emergency this July when we went ...

by NacreLover

October 12th, 2016, 9:31 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: 24KK GSS Pearls

Replies: 12

Views: 683
Re: 24KK GSS Pearls

Very nice strand Luvglitz. I got a strand of the 22k last fall for my anniversary. I am blonde and was afraid I wouldn't be able to wear that color next to my skin. I was wrong. They are great. I hope you really find yourself reaching for it a lot. Did you get earrings to match also?

by NacreLover

October 11th, 2016, 3:23 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: 24KK GSS Pearls

Replies: 12

Views: 683
Re: New course on cultured pearls

Yes, I was very generous of them to offer the class to us for free. When I get settled from my move I plan to take advantage of it. I signed up when they offered it to all at the Ruckus.

by NacreLover

September 26th, 2016, 5:06 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: New course on cultured pearls

Replies: 7

Views: 466
Re: New course on cultured pearls

I didn't realize the course was all finished. It's been a while since I checked it out.

by NacreLover

September 26th, 2016, 8:37 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: New course on cultured pearls

Replies: 7

Views: 466
Re: Natural - Please Help!

In addition while I was researching online I found the following information... "In the 1950's, 60's and 70's a typical size for cultured pearls was 4mm to 6mm. Graduated necklaces were popular - ranging from a central 7mm diameter pearl to 3mm pearls at the necklace ends. A necklace from this...

by NacreLover

September 26th, 2016, 5:25 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: Natural - Please Help!

Replies: 23

Views: 628
Re: Natural - Please Help!

My guess is akoyas.... Also the lack of a bead is no proof that a pearl is natural; non-bead nucleated freshwaters are common. I do not believe they are akoyas and most of the pearls are 9mm or a bit over. They are too old (1920's) to be classified as non-bead nucleated freshwaters. In addition, th...

by NacreLover

September 25th, 2016, 4:33 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: Natural - Please Help!

Replies: 23

Views: 628