Bought these as vintage cultured akoya... I actually bought the strand for the clasp, which I'd harvested by the time I took this pic. I was wondering if these were even pearls, and if so what sort - "old bead cultured akoya" seems right on. They're pretty ugly to be honest, but in strangly endearingly fashion ~3.5mm-6mm.
I don't know what that nucleus is, sure doesn't look like the usual orangey striated FW mussel shell. Vendor estimated early 1900s on these and according to #TheInternet farmers were experimenting with all sorts of materials back then... Thought about sending them to GIA to find out what the bead material is, exactly, but that's sadly not something GIA will answer.
Just sharing some pics for fun
Compared to a sacrificial FW -
i was about to say can you find a damaged one and hit it with a hammer
but you already did
…and the clasp, please? What does it look like?!
Clasp got reused with coral. Nothing fancy, but I've been looking for something like this for a litle while so I'm happy I only ever wear my coral beads with pearls, so the fact that there's a pearl in the clasp works out just fine! Diamonds are "swiss cut" apparently.
I got this ring earlier this week. It’s the coolest setting and the pearls are super rainbow’y (not the technical term, I know). This is the first time I’ve tried to wear a pearl ring, though. I really have to tone down my arm swinging when I walk.
I won these at an auction almost a month ago. It feels like it’s taken an eternity to get them. They were so worth it. I wasn’t sure the colors were going to be so saturated. They’re 12-16 mm with 14k beads and clasp. I think it may be time for me to take a little buying break now (famous last words)