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luckyhonu

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I've been good during SIP. I haven't really gone out and have not shopped. Until now.

I had a pair of 11mm WSS silvery white studs that I purchased from my jeweler in HK that were 18WG posts (he didn't have platinum). My ears are allergic to the nickel in white gold so I have to put steroid cream on them every single time. In my experience, platinum works best for me, it's also good that platinum is cheaper than gold now so that works out to my advantage.

I was looking around for another pair of pearl studs, found a pair with platinum posts and ordered them from AP. They came literally with a post stuck in the pearl without a cup....I have never seen pearls with just a post stuck in them.

After my disappointment I returned them and was hoping I could find something in the not too distant future. That's when @yssie (who @LLJsmom introduced me to) recommended @molinePDG to me and I now am the proud owner of gem quality 11.2mm WSS pearl studs in platinum cup and posts!

Getting older stinks and my reading-glasses-wearing eyes aren't so good at checking luster, blemishes and the like so yssie was instrumental in helping me approve of the studs. Originally I liked the satin look of WSS studs but was not aware that gem quality WSS will have that much sharp luster so gem quality is the way to go.

Andrew @molinePDG is a rockstar in terms of customer service and the amount of time and effort he went to search for the perfect pair of gem quality WSS studs for me.

Without further ado, here are pictures! And yes the luster is so good on the pearls you can see my red iphone case and fingers!

IMG_5944 (Large).jpg IMG_5947 (Large).jpg IMG_5951 (Large).jpg IMG_5956 (Large).JPG IMG_5958 (Large).jpg
 

MakingTheGrade

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Those look amazing!!
Haha I feel you on gem quality pearls being a revelation. I can never go back now and may be developing a bit of an addiction...
 

LLJsmom

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WOW. Those look GORGEOUS on you. Doh. So tempting!!! Congratulations on finding a pair of beauties. From what I've learned from @yssie that is no mean feat. Kudos to @molinePDG ! Friends don't let friends get bad pearls!
 

dk168

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Very nice, thanks for sharing! :kiss2:

I wish I could wear studs that big. Unfortunately, they do not sit well on my earlobes, and they end up sticking out like an extra pair of eyes, making my already chubby wide face even wider, not a good look! :confused2:

DK :))
 

lissyflo

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They look amazing, absolutely beautiful. Thank goodness AP messed up your order, otherwise you might not have gone down the route you did!
 

luckyhonu

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WOW. Those look GORGEOUS on you. Doh. So tempting!!! Congratulations on finding a pair of beauties. From what I've learned from @yssie that is no mean feat. Kudos to @molinePDG ! Friends don't let friends get bad pearls!

Thank you again for the introduction! You're right - Friends don't let friends get bad pearls :D I also have learned so much from yssie - I told her that I need her approval before buying anything else in the future lol!
 

luckyhonu

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Very nice, thanks for sharing! :kiss2:

I wish I could wear studs that big. Unfortunately, they do not sit well on my earlobes, and they end up sticking out like an extra pair of eyes, making my already chubby wide face even wider, not a good look! :confused2:

DK :))

I'm sure pearls in any size will look good on your earlobes =)2
 

luckyhonu

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They look amazing, absolutely beautiful. Thank goodness AP messed up your order, otherwise you might not have gone down the route you did!

Thank you for the kind words. My pearl journey had a small bump in the road that led me to my beautiful earrings, and for that I'm grateful ;)2
 

JPie

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Those look fantastic on you! I’m so glad you didn’t keep the other pair. These are so much better!
 

dk168

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I'm sure pearls in any size will look good on your earlobes =)2

I wish! 10mm round is probably the biggest I could wear.

I still have a pair of 12mm or so Tahitians (I'll measure them), and shall take a photo wearing them to show you what I mean later.

DK :))
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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I've been good during SIP. I haven't really gone out and have not shopped. Until now.

I had a pair of 11mm WSS silvery white studs that I purchased from my jeweler in HK that were 18WG posts (he didn't have platinum). My ears are allergic to the nickel in white gold so I have to put steroid cream on them every single time. In my experience, platinum works best for me, it's also good that platinum is cheaper than gold now so that works out to my advantage.

I was looking around for another pair of pearl studs, found a pair with platinum posts and ordered them from AP. They came literally with a post stuck in the pearl without a cup....I have never seen pearls with just a post stuck in them.

After my disappointment I returned them and was hoping I could find something in the not too distant future. That's when @yssie (who @LLJsmom introduced me to) recommended @molinePDG to me and I now am the proud owner of gem quality 11.2mm WSS pearl studs in platinum cup and posts!

Getting older stinks and my reading-glasses-wearing eyes aren't so good at checking luster, blemishes and the like so yssie was instrumental in helping me approve of the studs. Originally I liked the satin look of WSS studs but was not aware that gem quality WSS will have that much sharp luster so gem quality is the way to go.

Andrew @molinePDG is a rockstar in terms of customer service and the amount of time and effort he went to search for the perfect pair of gem quality WSS studs for me.

Without further ado, here are pictures! And yes the luster is so good on the pearls you can see my red iphone case and fingers!

IMG_5944 (Large).jpg IMG_5947 (Large).jpg IMG_5951 (Large).jpg IMG_5956 (Large).JPG IMG_5958 (Large).jpg

Wow !
They look amazing in your ears
 

dk168

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Here you go, and I don't like the look.

They are 13.5mm and blue, hence I have not sold them as I love blue Tahitians.

I may set them into a bangle one day.

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DK :(2
 

Pearlescence

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. 'My ears are allergic to the nickel in white gold'
You won't have this problem if you require all findings and metal to be made to EU standard (most Chinese manufacturers do this at least in part)
EU standard is no nickel allowed.
 

yssie

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They're glorious :love:

Bedazzlingly bright and silvery - and you're not supposed to see reflections of phone edges and fingers in south sea pearls!!
Talk about "unusually lustrous"!!

They must be stunning in-person... And against your dark hair...
I covet them... :mrgreen::bigsmile::love:

Your WSS collection is remarkable!!!! :cool2:
And a very big thank you to @LLJsmom for introducing us - I'm so happy to have finally "met" you! ::)
 
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stracci2000

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Truly fabulous!!
:kiss2: :kiss2: :kiss2:
 

luckyhonu

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They're glorious :love:

Bedazzlingly bright and silvery - and you're not supposed to see reflections of phone edges and fingers in south sea pearls!!
Talk about "unusually lustrous"!!

They must be stunning in-person... And against your dark hair...
I covet them... :mrgreen::bigsmile::love:

Your WSS collection is remarkable!!!! :cool2:
And a very big thank you to @LLJsmom for introducing us - I'm so happy to have finally "met" you! ::)

Thank you so much for teaching me about pearls and introducing me to @molinePDG! I’m also so happy to have “met” you - if it wasn’t for your recommendation I would have been sitting around waiting for a pair of pretty good WSS instead of amazing WSS pearls!
 

luckyhonu

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Here you go, and I don't like the look.

They are 13.5mm and blue, hence I have not sold them as I love blue Tahitians.

I may set them into a bangle one day.

20201118_215229.jpg

DK :(2

The Tahitians are gorgeous, I’m sure they will look amazing in a bangle!
 

nojs

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. 'My ears are allergic to the nickel in white gold'
You won't have this problem if you require all findings and metal to be made to EU standard (most Chinese manufacturers do this at least in part)
EU standard is no nickel allowed.

This is actually a common misconception. EU does not allow “leakage“ of certain level of nickel from the product, but this is not the same as no nickel. I know, since I researched the matter after a reaction to expensive white gold earrings.
 

Pearlescence

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This is actually a common misconception. EU does not allow “leakage“ of certain level of nickel from the product, but this is not the same as no nickel. I know, since I researched the matter after a reaction to expensive white gold earrings.

I could get technical to quote the actual regulations (which also encompass lead and other undesirable ingredients) but as a short form no nickel is pretty much it.
For most people findings which comply with EU regs will obviate any nickel allergy problems. I'd be interested to know where you got the findings and if they were assayed.
Since it is impossible to tell by looking at any item whether it complies or not we are all relying on the people up the supply chain.
 

lucky7355

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I love these! Mirror reflection, I love that you can see you holding the phone case. :)
 
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