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Hayley87

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Here's a ring I've had for ages but only recently taken to wearing. It was bought at the Pearl Factory once-kiosk (I think they may have a full store front now) on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. It's a total tourist trap, but I remember thinking it was way cool when my dad treated me to this. I think I was 14 or so?

Anyway, for $15, you got to open an "oyster" with a pearl inside. They're Akoyas, mostly small and low-quality, and they make their money trying to hustle you into buying expensive settings. :lol-2:

My pearl was set into an inexpensive 14k YG bypass style setting, and done so poorly: they put the drill hole in the middle of some rippling on the nacre (so that's mostly hidden), but there's a bit of extra glue along the bottom of the pearl. For all that, the ring is nostalgic for me, and I've been wearing it quite a bit recently as I've developed a fondness for yellow gold. :D

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canuk-gal

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Showing mine... I gathered enough for a necklace, these are to be drilled. I have more, pre-drilled. Want to pair them with tsavorites or something like it 20171027_152320.jpg

You have a great eye. Can't wait to see this project come to fruition!

cheers--Sharon
 

marionberry

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... 4 mm wild Sea of Cortez ...
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Nacrelover, sorry for digging out this old post, but I am super curious about where to get such small SoC pearls. I hear the big ones are so very rare but I still cannot find the small ones anywhere, it seems in Douglas' web shop only 10mm+ ones are listed...
 

missy

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Breaking out some of my pearls today as it has been a long time since I wore any pearls. I am feeling in a pearl mood and am going to wear my metallics today. Choker length at 15 inches. It's the perfect necklace for this cold March day as it brightens up my mood.

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Close up to better see the colors.
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cmd2014

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Dejay, I don’t think those are sea of Cortez pearls. I suspect they are dyed Chinese freshwater pearls based on the shape and color. But you could contact Douglas McLaurin at Sea of Cortez pearls for an expert opinion (https://mexican-pearls.myshopify.com).
 

Dejay

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I would like to know if you guys know the maker of this clasp i cant tell if its 925 or 825 eather white gold for the 825 or silver 925
 

cmd2014

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It looks silver to me, but there are test kits that can tell you whether something is gold or not. Or you can have a jeweler look at it. If they are dyed Chinese pearls like I suspect, they would be relatively modern and quite inexpensive, and would be unlikely to have a gold clasp put on them.
 

Dejay

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What about these the one with more pearls has a 14k white clasp. Now i know what to look at when i to thrift shops i think im doing good 20180402_063412.jpg
 

edw_kym

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IMG_0771.11.jpg image (33).jpg Sweden Year Date Letter V7 With 830s = Sweden 830 sterling and Symbol Three Crowns Of Sweden = Hallmarks..
 

cmd2014

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What about these the one with more pearls has a 14k white clasp. Now i know what to look at when i to thrift shops i think im doing good 20180402_063412.jpg
White and dyed Chinese freshwater pearls. You can tell by the colors and the egg shape. These would be modern and relatively inexpensive.
 

pearlsngems

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Dejay,
Sea of Cortez pearls fluoresce red when you shine a UV light (a.k.a. "black light") on them. If you have a UV light you can test for yourself. See Nacrelover's post #991 for a photo that shows this effect.
But I agree with cmd2014 that the pearls you posted all look like cultured Chinese freshwater pearls.
 

edw_kym

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Dejay,
Sea of Cortez pearls fluoresce red when you shine a UV light (a.k.a. "black light") on them. If you have a UV light you can test for yourself. See Nacrelover's post #991 for a photo that shows this effect.
But I agree with cmd2014 that the pearls you posted all look like cultured Chinese freshwater pearls.
OK..........Cultured Chinese freshwater Pearls.If you say so!!!.:errrr::errrr::errrr:
 
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