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Ideal_Rock
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I think that is what I will do.

The ONLY reason I was hesitant, is that I am getting unplated WG. I LOVE the soft warm white color.

I know it is silly, but I am suuuuper sensitive to slight differences in color. I wanted the alloy of the gold for the dangles and earrings to match.

But, I want the style of hoops which I think are very unusual and lovely, and then also the pearls I want...both of which, I want more than tiny bits of metal in the dangles to be precisely the same alloy.

I am....neurotic. :bigsmile:

Just for fun...these are the 13mm oval hoops!

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Lots of people are colour sensitive, and its your hard earned money
you get what you will be happy with long term
 

katbran

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Sounds like it's all sorted out. I can understand their reluctance to order the pearls themselves. It's very hard , even for jewellers , to judge the depth of colour on pearls from a photo. Blue Akoya can be especially difficult as they can look quite blue but in real life be more silver. With you supplying them it removes their risk.

Before you buy the pearls, ask for several photos in different light and showing all sides.

I love the hoops !
 

annagene12

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I actually went for a bluish / white / multi color pair of baroque Akoyas. They had the luster I was after, are a smidge bigger than I initially hoped for (9mm) but they also had the slight "drop" shape I so badly wanted - so all things considered, I got very close to hitting my very specific criteria.

I kept looking at blue Akoyas, and found exactly what you described - many fell flat to silver in multiple lighting scenarios and I wanted something with a bit of "rainbow" - the vendor I bought from had other, more blue Akoyas with gorgeous color that would've fit the bill, but when I saw the strange color mix of these I fell in love! I love the range of whites, blues, silvers, greens and pinks!

I know these are hardly everyone's dream pearls - but there's something for everyone ;-)

They are pair "D" and the middle pair in the other photos

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Pearlescence

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For some reason blue seems to be disappearing from akoya and south sea pearls. The colour is serendipitous anyway. Last time I was in Hong Kong I couldn't find any and there were only paler blues through the whole harvest when I worked on an akoya farm.
Blue is elusive at the best of times and whatever causes it seems to be absent at the moment. At least the really dark blues of around five years ago
 

SparklieBug

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@annagene12 Firstly, annagene, I love your pearl earrings design! I'm actually on the hunt for similar hoops for my chunky (and gorgeous) copper-green-gold pearls! I had my pearls put on a big yellow gold eye-ring, and thought it would be easy to find suitable hoops. Uhm, not so much... Can you or @Begonia please share the Etsy store where you purchased these?
 

annagene12

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For some reason blue seems to be disappearing from akoya and south sea pearls. The colour is serendipitous anyway. Last time I was in Hong Kong I couldn't find any and there were only paler blues through the whole harvest when I worked on an akoya farm.
Blue is elusive at the best of times and whatever causes it seems to be absent at the moment. At least the really dark blues of around five years ago
Yes - I had a hard time finding Akoyas - I only found warmer colored south sea pearls and a few dark grey...certainly not blue, let alone baroque for either. I don’t know why exactly. Interesting to note they are disappearing. One day I’d love a pair of beautiful richly blue round Akoyas! They felt less “bridal” anyways, not that the weird rainbow color I nabbed is traditionally bridal anyways...but in my weird brain it felt like a better fit.
 

annagene12

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@annagene12 Firstly, annagene, I love your pearl earrings design! I'm actually on the hunt for similar hoops for my chunky (and gorgeous) copper-green-gold pearls! I had my pearls put on a big yellow gold eye-ring, and thought it would be easy to find suitable hoops. Uhm, not so much... Can you or @Begonia please share the Etsy store where you purchased these?
Ooooh id love to see the pearls you are talking about!!! I love colored pearls in a sea of white...I like non-white (even warmly colored) diamonds too, go figure.

here is the vendor/listing to my earrings - it took a LOT of hunting to find these...

 

SparklieBug

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Ooooh id love to see the pearls you are talking about!!! I love colored pearls in a sea of white...I like non-white (even warmly colored) diamonds too, go figure.

here is the vendor/listing to my earrings - it took a LOT of hunting to find these...

Thanks so much for the link, annagene! I love the y/g version with the matte finish. Will take some photos of my pearls when there’s good light. Pearls are such chameleons!
 

annagene12

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So - I hope you guys can see this video.
The earrings vendor shared a video of the pearls!!! Fun surprise, there were two extra!

There is a blemish on one of the set I bought - but honestly looking at it, and seeing the baroque shape and color - I could care less. They look SO lovely to my eyes!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ii5mBAcyGmma2BbFUhqLq3qNjMKosYTI/view?usp=drivesdk
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ii5mBAcyGmma2BbFUhqLq3qNjMKosYTI/view?usp=drivesdk

I’m having them make the 3rd slightly wonkier pearl that in similar in color to make a pendant. The 4th pearl - although it’s beautiful- It’s just not my preferred color, I don’t know anyone who likes pearls and I figured since I got two extra, I actually decided to give it to the vendor. Not many nice or pleasant surprises happening these days so wanted it to go to someone who’d like it.

i am VERY excited!
 
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