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  • What should you look for when buying pearl earrings?

    Hi, I'm looking to get a pair of pearl stud earrings as a gift, and I don't know what to look for. I've seen Cultured Pearls, Freshwater Pearls, Akoya Pearls, and several other names associated with earrings. What do I look for so that I get a pair of genuine pearls from the ocean or wherever and not plastic ones or ones that are manmade (like how cubic zirconia is made- I want real pearls). I'm looking for a nice luster, a variety of precious metal backings, and a variety of backings/closures. I haven't decided what I want. Also, what is the most common size women buy because I don't want teeny tiny pearls but I'm not into that big pearl look either. I want something tasteful, elegant, and I guess, mid-sized. Oh, and where are the best places to buy pearls from (if you know of any online jewelers too that are great then I'd love to hear from you). Is Bluefly a good site? I was looking at the Akoya pearls and they seem very nice. Sorry for the excess of info. Thanks.

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    when buying pearls, look at shape and size and color. You can run pearls over your teeth and get a gritty feel where plastic is smooth. a pearl is perfectly round. keep that in mind

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    • #3
      What's in a name?

      How interesting that both your names are alike and you both joined the forum today!
      Auntynet

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      ~ * ~ * ~ Of all the things I've ever lost, I miss my mind the most! ~ * ~ * ~

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      • #4
        Subtle... very subtle
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        • #5
          d'ya mean me or the other 2 posters?
          Auntynet

          Step-daughter's website selling hand dyed sock yarns www.knotanotherknitter.com




          ~ * ~ * ~ Of all the things I've ever lost, I miss my mind the most! ~ * ~ * ~

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          • #6
            No them- you pipped me to the post...we both checked out their id's at the same time. That really must be the lamest spam i've seen..all day!
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            • #7
              That Was Quick!!!!!!:d:d:d:d:d
              Auntynet

              Step-daughter's website selling hand dyed sock yarns www.knotanotherknitter.com




              ~ * ~ * ~ Of all the things I've ever lost, I miss my mind the most! ~ * ~ * ~

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              • #8
                I can't sit by and watch the chinese take over. Banned.

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                • #9
                  *sings another one bites the dust*
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