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mesmerized

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I had long regretted leaving my original strand of white cultured pearls in my drawer unworn (but not unloved) for years, so I decided to bring then out and start wearing them again. I also purchased a multi color “dyed” strand from Honora “gasp” just for fun. While they are pretty and playful, there is nothing like the real thing.

I have caught the bug, and am browsing the forum for all the beautiful updated looks. Something new and far from the traditional look of my current pearls. I have fallen in love the Baroque, Keishi, and other natural shapes and colors. Thank you for all the photos and information.

I haven’t found a topic if there is one, so am wondering if there a list of favorite vendors or websites that psers trust, love, and shop?
Or, just post your most trusted vendors, and their websites.
 

Arcadian

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

If you check in this forum you'll see lots of people/websites mentioned, though I admit it would be nice to have a set place for these vendors. There are a few on ebay that I've liked and have bought from too.

As far as dyed pearls, I don't find them to be an issue as long as its disclosed. I saw some dyed freshwaters this weekend and they were really lovely

Anyway, I'm far from being an expert. I find that certain types of pearls are an acquired taste!! (like the flameballs...) I just got into baroques, and Im really loving how organic they are. I'm currently looking at getting a set of salt water keshi pearls.



-A
 

mesmerized

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

Thank’s Arcadian, I have picked up a few sites from other users. Pearl Paradise, Kojima Company and Catherine Cardellini. I thought someone with a lot more knowledge may have put together a list.

I love the pieces on Catherine Cardellini’s site, she has a great mix of styles. However, being in the US, I just cannot see myself purchasing from Australia. (shipping, etc.) It seems that I should be able to find her style more locally.

I’ve put a temporary hold on my “me” purchases for a while, so I have time to look, and in the meantime I can enjoy everyone elses buys.

I can’t wait to see your new keshi’s when you find them, and where you get them from.
 

4Ranch Girl

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

The pearl vendors I favor are:

http://pearlparadise.com/

http://kojimapearl.com

http://www.tahitianpearls.biz/

I am lucky that they are in my state so I have been able to choose my pearls personally from the ones above.

I have ordered online from:

http://www.catherinecardellinipearls.com/

You can see some of my pearls from these vendors on a thread I started "I thought I would share". Have fun as you start your quest for pearls. It can and probably will become a life long passion.
 

Lovinggems

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

I've bought pearls from all of the above vendors except for http://www.tahitianpearls.biz/... They're all reputable vendors.

I think you shouldn't discount buying from Catherine just because she's situated in Australia. Parcel usually only takes 1 to 2 weeks to get to the US, and her international shipping fee is only $5 AUD, not sure if it's per piece or per package.
 

movie zombie

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

packages from catherine come fairly quickly, imo. i think she will bundle orders into one package if you ask. she's very responsive via questions via the internet so contact her if you want to confirm the shipment for a package with more than one item.

MoZo
 

mesmerized

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions, and sharing your comment on Catherine Cardellini’s shipping. Glad to know it would not be a big issue, just in case I find the perfect strand.

4Ranch Girl, I started to look through your “I thought I would Share” thread at noon today but work got in my way. Lol I will be sure to check it out when I have time to appreciate all your beautiful finds.

I haven’t checked out http://www.tahitianpearls.biz/ yet so appreciate the tip.
 

Arcadian

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

Has anyone ever bought from here? http://www.purepearls.com/


I've been scoping out a lot of their stuff (they have some tahitians I really like, but I don't know if thats just a stock photo)

-A
 

JacquiT

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

I own Museum Way Pearls, we are an online jewelry company out of Boston. I'd be happy to answer any questions if you have any about our products.

Thanks and happy shopping!
 

mesmerized

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

Thank you 4Ranch Girl, Lovinggems, and Movie Zombie for your encouragement regarding Catherine Cardellini. I actually ordered a necklace and two pair of earrings, and am counting the days. Hoping they arrive by end of this week.

4Ranch Girl I love love your avatar, your necklace is to die for.

I really do appreciate everyone’s help and suggestions. I will be browsing the sites and making a wish list for future gifts.
 

4Ranch Girl

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

mesmerized|1309306202|2957441 said:
Thank you 4Ranch Girl, Lovinggems, and Movie Zombie for your encouragement regarding Catherine Cardellini. I actually ordered a necklace and two pair of earrings, and am counting the days. Hoping they arrive by end of this week.

4Ranch Girl I love love your avatar, your necklace is to die for.

I really do appreciate everyone’s help and suggestions. I will be browsing the sites and making a wish list for future gifts.
Thank you Mesmerized it is a fun rather flashy piece to have. Please post a review when you get your new beauties.
 

movie zombie

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

mes, can you give the #'s for catherine's pieces that you've bought? i could then look them up at her website and drool over what i missed out on!

i love wearing my pearls from catherine. i wear them to the farmers market, the movies, dinner, etc. i've been wearing two at a time [along with my ever present 24/7 18k red gold chain with silver sandollar pendant].

you are warned, however, that they are addictive! i've rec'd i think 6 strands from her in less than a year....and am purchasing another shortly. sigh.

welcome to pearl addiction!
 

mesmerized

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

MoZo you're right, there are several necklaces that I loved but I wanted to try one at a lower price point first before taking a bigger leap, and being the practical person I am, it only made sense to throw on a couple of earrings. Lol

They came today and I really love them! The more I look at them the more I love them.

The Lilac rounds are a bit lighter then the photos, which suits me perfectly. However, if I lay the necklace on a white paper towel out of sunlight they are closer in color to Catherine’s photos. The Keshi’s are so much more Lustrous than the photos.

Love the earrings! The Black Drop pearls have beautiful green overtones, so much more than the photos and the small Silver blue & Lilac ones are very dainty. I can see they will soon become a staple.

Is it not ok to paste the links? If not and they are removed the item numbers are listed.

Item 1008 Super Lustre White Keshi With Round Metallic Lilacs Freshwater Pearl Longer Necklace.
http://www.catherinecardellinipearls.com/?subject=search&keywords=1008&currency=AUD&sorted=unsorted&showSold=1&button=Search

Item 1204 Natural Colour Silver Blue and Lilac Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings.
http://www.catherinecardellinipearls.com/?subject=search&keywords=1204&currency=AUD&sorted=unsorted&showSold=1&button=Search

Item 1434 White And Black with Green Overtones Rice Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings.
http://www.catherinecardellinipearls.com/?subject=search&keywords=1434&currency=AUD&sorted=unsorted&showSold=1&button=Search
 

movie zombie

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Re: Is there a list of favorite vendors that you trust & sho

sweet, Mes!

keishis are particularly addictive for me.

you got a great deal on that necklace. i'm betting you'll find yourself wearing it a lot. any excuse will do. it will go with jeans as well as a summer dress and look great with a winter sweater as well.
 
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