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Mreader

Shiny_Rock
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I know nothing about pearls. Zero, zilch, nada. My mom had five strands and I was able to separate the freshwater from the akoya as they were labeled. Sold one freshwater and other still listed. Anyway I want to sell at least two of the akoya because I’m not a person who wears pearls and I was going to keep one for sentimental reasons. My question is would a regular jeweler also be someone who could evaluate pearls? Or do I need to find some sort of pearl specialist? And any names recommended if I had to send them off for appraisal? I have no clue how much she paid for them what they’re worth or anything like that. I’ll post a picture that shows the three.
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molinePDG

Rough_Rock
Trade
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Most secondhand akoya pearls aren't usually worth being appraised, sadly, unless they are of top, top quality or have some kind of especially intricate clasp with diamonds or other precious stones.

Best advice would be to look at a site for selling jewelry or even a place like eBay to start and see what actual pearls like yours have sold for, which should give you some kind of idea.

A regular jeweler should be able to evaluate your pearls.

For most, by the time costs such as restringing and effort of listing somewhere are taken into account, you may find that the pearls are worth more sentimentally just to keep, or to gift to a family member.

If you have more questions about pearls in general or non-value related questions, do feel free to post of course and many members of the pearl section would be more than happy to help :)
 

Daisys and Diamonds

Ideal_Rock
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Don't be too hasty to off load the lot just yet
I have only recently found a love for pearls after inheriting mum's strand (and i lived quite happily through the 80s)
Tastes and fashions do change


If you feel they are too formal for you take a look at some of the strands @MakingTheGrade and our other pearl princesss are wearing - especially the casual pearl thread

Your mum's pearls most likely might need a restringing anyway and there is no reason you couldn't have a little fun with them and have a play around
 

Made in London

Shiny_Rock
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Don't be too hasty to off load the lot just yet
I have only recently found a love for pearls after inheriting mum's strand (and i lived quite happily through the 80s)
Tastes and fashions do change


If you feel they are too formal for you take a look at some of the strands @MakingTheGrade and our other pearl princesss are wearing - especially the casual pearl thread

Your mum's pearls most likely might need a restringing anyway and there is no reason you couldn't have a little fun with them and have a play around

Such good advice from Daisys and Diamonds=)2 Pearls can be quite fun to wear. Yours look very pretty.
 
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