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Old 07-25-2007, 12:44 PM   #16
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We went to Mitsukoshi in Japan in Feb. and my DS picked a pearl for me. We got an 7mm white pearl which I had set into a "cage" pendant for a necklace. It is a silver pendant cage with a diamond on it, it is gorgeous!!
I'll try to post some pics later today. But, yes they do drill them, I saw another lady getting one drilled. Also, I saw 2 little girls getting them - not sure what settings they got, but they were for them, so I'll assume they DID have childrens settings!!

My DS had a blast picking the pearl for me, it was my b-day gift from him!!!

** On a side note, it gets very crowded in there as many people just want to watch....... If you are actually going to purchase one, let them know up front, so they don't just "overlook" you........... there were so many people just standing by the tank "looking" it seemed like they weren't asking anyone if they needed help....... we were waiting for someone to help us and no one did, so I had to go track the lady down while she was setting another one and tell her I wanted to purchase one!!!
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Several years ago, we were in DTD for an all girls trip. I decided to do this and was told by a bystander to pick the ugliest one. I did. My pearl was 9 mm. It's beautiful. The person who shucked it did this whole birth ceremony and told us that this pearl was from a boy oyster. Don't know if this is really true but here's the sentimental part. I had been an infertility patient for a loooong time and had given up. Three months after this trip, I found out I was pregnant with a little boy! I love that ring and will always remember my "special moment"
what an awesome story!! Thanks for sharing
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Old 07-25-2007, 03:17 PM   #18
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I purchased a ring last year at Japan for my 8 year old DD and the setting had 2 small diamonds on each side. After she picked her oyster they drilled and glued it and it is still in awsome shape today. My DD wants a black pearl the next time we go and maybe pink for her earrings.
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If you don't mind my asking can you tell me about how much the setting cost. I'd love to see pics too!! thanks
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Old 07-25-2007, 04:46 PM   #19
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I got mine at the stand in front of the BC/SAB and they drilled mine. In Japan it's just to the left a little ways in the store. Ours was my anniversary gift, since I hadn't gotten an engagement ring (we didn't spend much when we married). DH picked the pearl and I picked the setting. I love the opportunity to show it-
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Old 07-25-2007, 04:54 PM   #20
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My family thinks I go to WDW just for the pearls. I got my DD one at a booth @AK one year, but the settings were more expensive there. I have several in cage type settings, a beautiful scarf pin and one year I got "twins" and had 14 kt pierced earrings made for about $25 for the setting. They were drilled. I have several other things, too, which I have given as gifts. In the shop in Japan, you pay at any register and they give you a ticket to take to the oyster tank and give to the attendant there. I've never heard to pick the ugliest and hairiest oyster, but you can bet that's what I'll do next year!
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Tip for picking a pearl....

Several years ago, we were in DTD for an all girls trip. I decided to do this and was told by a bystander to pick the ugliest one. I did. My pearl was 9 mm. It's beautiful. The person who shucked it did this whole birth ceremony and told us that this pearl was from a boy oyster. Don't know if this is really true but here's the sentimental part. I had been an infertility patient for a loooong time and had given up. Three months after this trip, I found out I was pregnant with a little boy! I love that ring and will always remember my "special moment"
this is like the sweetest story ever!
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Old 07-25-2007, 06:18 PM   #22
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I purchased a ring last year at Japan for my 8 year old DD and the setting had 2 small diamonds on each side. After she picked her oyster they drilled and glued it and it is still in awsome shape today. My DD wants a black pearl the next time we go and maybe pink for her earrings.
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Do you know which one's are black? Are they able to tell? Thanks.

A black pearl sounds fascinating!

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Oh....and does anyone else have pictures of their pearls/settings that they'd be willing to post?

Thanks for posting the pic Simba's Mom....it is beautiful! What a touching story behind it also

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Thanks for the wonderful stories, and loved the pictures! This information is just wonderful, where would I be without the DIS boards?! I'd be without a pearl when I go in August!! I can't wait to pick mine out!
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I got four necklaces made when I was there in December. They are drilled and glued and I was told by another guest - not the CM's - they if you do not purchase one of their settings, they will NOT drill a hole for you. I don't know if this lady knew what she was talking about or not but since I wanted the Disney settings anyway, it didn't make a difference to me at the time. Maybe there is a # to the store you could call and ask the CM's that work there?? Or see if there is someone in WDW now that can ask for you...
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My DD (Age 13) picked a pearl and we had it set in a 14kt gold ring with 3 Wyland dolphins surrounding the pearl. It cost approx. $250 (special b-day gift). She wears it everyday and she chose the setting to match the pearl necklace that she got from WDW in 2003. They did drill and glue the pearl in place, and assured me that it was safe to wear it everyday (they offer a replacement guarantee included in the price).
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Old 07-27-2007, 02:54 PM   #27
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that is soo neat...since they have childrens sizes...i might get DNiece5 one when DH and I go in Sept. Maybe I should get one for DNiece1 too for when she gets older?
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I had my two boys pick an oyster for me. Luckily, the pearls were identical in size, and I had them made into simple earrings. I believe they were drilled and glued. I should take a picture of them, and post them. It is just a simple post setting.
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As far as I know there is no way to tell from the oyster what color or size your pearl will be - if there is could someone let me know? :-) as I am without my own computer it may take me a day or two but I would be happy to post pics of my two necklaces. I'll take the pics tonight then beg my sister to let me use her computer again tomorrow or Sunday to post them.

For those who have ring settings, do the pearls get pretty banged up? I only have "shorter" rings where the setting isn't too high off my finger. I am thinking of getting a ring this year but I don't want a "fragile" setting or one that will get caught or banged around.
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A few years ago my son told me to pick an oyster for a Mother's Day Gift at the booth at Downtown Disney. I told my grandson to pick one out for me and told him to pick a really ugly oyster. Inside was a beautiful golden pearl. We had them mount it in a dolphin setting for a necklace, and the total for the setting and chain was more than two hundred dollars, which was a shock. I hadn't expected my son to have to pay that much.
We're going again in October and I think I'll price settings and chains locally before I purchase anything but the oyster from Disney again.
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