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Why I love and hate PS: Sea of Cortez Mabe Pearls

caf

Brilliant_Rock
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Really happy to report that this project is moving forward! They got more mabes and took pictures of them for me and I definitely fell head over heels for a bunch of them :)

Also I will be able to work with their local jeweler on the project, which should make everything much easier vs finding someone in the US to set the pearls. This is the jeweler who sets stuff for them all of the time and they are in regular communication with him, so I feel comfortable with that.

I am waiting for specific layout options and Fernando is speaking with the jeweler to get pricing info for the necklace. Likely won't be completed until April as the jeweler is apparently very busy, but I'd rather wait and have it done 100% right vs risk someone who doesn't know these beautiful pearls messing something up.

Sharing my inspiration necklace and my hilarious attempt at using "paint 3D" to show Fernando what I'd like my necklace to look like. I want to be able to wear it regularly, and I know the mabes I'm considering are larger than the ones shown, so I plan to have somewhere between 7 and 12 pearls vs the 25+ shown on the inspiration necklace.

The inspiration necklace has mabes in the 9-10mm range if I remember correctly, whereas the ones I like are around 13-15mm.

Kojima Pearl SOC Necklace.jpg


My hilarious attempt to show what I want. Luckily it got the message across :)
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Wanted to share updates with the PS community since I am very excited!

I'll share pearl layouts once I get them and have confirmed/paid for the specific pearls. I just have a persistent fear of lurkers, so don't want to share anything yet since they still aren't "mine".

I like yours better! It’s going to be gorgeous. White or yellow gold?
 

Cerulean

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Really happy to report that this project is moving forward! They got more mabes and took pictures of them for me and I definitely fell head over heels for a bunch of them :)

Also I will be able to work with their local jeweler on the project, which should make everything much easier vs finding someone in the US to set the pearls. This is the jeweler who sets stuff for them all of the time and they are in regular communication with him, so I feel comfortable with that.

I am waiting for specific layout options and Fernando is speaking with the jeweler to get pricing info for the necklace. Likely won't be completed until April as the jeweler is apparently very busy, but I'd rather wait and have it done 100% right vs risk someone who doesn't know these beautiful pearls messing something up.

Sharing my inspiration necklace and my hilarious attempt at using "paint 3D" to show Fernando what I'd like my necklace to look like. I want to be able to wear it regularly, and I know the mabes I'm considering are larger than the ones shown, so I plan to have somewhere between 7 and 12 pearls vs the 25+ shown on the inspiration necklace.

The inspiration necklace has mabes in the 9-10mm range if I remember correctly, whereas the ones I like are around 13-15mm.

Kojima Pearl SOC Necklace.jpg


My hilarious attempt to show what I want. Luckily it got the message across :)
photoshop.png

Wanted to share updates with the PS community since I am very excited!

I'll share pearl layouts once I get them and have confirmed/paid for the specific pearls. I just have a persistent fear of lurkers, so don't want to share anything yet since they still aren't "mine".

Omg this is SO exciting! I will be watching with interest. I have been wanting a single large mabe for a pendant, so may peruse your leftovers when you are done! I haven’t seen them post any new ones...have they just shown you in email?
 

lovedogs

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Omg this is SO exciting! I will be watching with interest. I have been wanting a single large mabe for a pendant, so may peruse your leftovers when you are done! I haven’t seen them post any new ones...have they just shown you in email?

Yes, just in email.
 

yssie

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Loving this project @lovedogs!! But you already know that :bigsmile: Mabes were made to be stations - and I like them spread apart like you’re planning a lot more than the original. Gives you a chance to appreciate each individual one, and makes the whole piece more casual. How long do you want it? And what size and style are you thinking for the chain?

The only thing I'll mention - to be honest I don't know if I even should, but... In the interests of full disclosure... The farm's workmanship seems to be generally adequate but it's not going to impress anyone, especially PSers who might be used to working with excellent benches! Their pricing is very low, though, and the quality of findings they use is decent, if you don't mind a somewhat imperfect "rustic" look.
 

yssie

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lovedogs

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le sigh. No....this project has definitely taught me the importance of patience. F let me know he was waiting for the local jeweler to give a quote for the setting/work, etc, but that he's a 1 man operation who is swamped with stuff until like April. But we can't really move forward meaningfully without a price quote haha. So it's a waiting game for now.
 

yssie

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le sigh. No....this project has definitely taught me the importance of patience. F let me know he was waiting for the local jeweler to give a quote for the setting/work, etc, but that he's a 1 man operation who is swamped with stuff until like April. But we can't really move forward meaningfully without a price quote haha. So it's a waiting game for now.

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