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Old 07-28-2007, 11:59 AM   #31
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Here are the pics of my two necklaces. If they don't happen to post correctly (this is the first time ever posting pics here) you can check them out at my disney picture site at http://www.picturetrail.com/picturedisney under the title of Pick a Pearl

this first one got a little blurry, it is a sterling silver chain and cage with the 6.5mm white pearl inside the cage, setting and chain were about $25 in addition to the cost of the pearl...


Since I got twins and didn't want earrings here is the second setting I chose. This too is sterling silver. The top part is alternating a little heart and some type of gemstone, setting and chain cost about $45 on this one but I didn't have to pay for the second pearl!


the total for the whole shopping experience was close to $100 but I think it was worth it for two nice pearl necklaces.
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:19 PM   #32
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Very cute settings.

I can't wait to do this for my girls.
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Old 07-29-2007, 05:50 AM   #33
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I believe there is a booth at the Beach Club, along the walkway beside the beach as well. DD and I decided to do this on our upcoming trip - it is such a nice tradition!
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Old 07-29-2007, 05:52 AM   #34
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Those necklaces look stunning, your pictures have just convinced me to do this activity when I'm in Epcot next year, I'm looking forward to picking the most ugly oyster I can find
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:24 AM   #36
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I don't know that the picture does them justice. My daughter and I picked out each other's pearls and then she picked out the butterfly settings.
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I keep hearing that the settings are much more reasonable in Japan. Is this correct?

Does anyone know how much the dolphin necklace setting is in Japan?
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:49 AM   #38
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I don't know that the picture does them justice. My daughter and I picked out each other's pearls and then she picked out the butterfly settings.
I love those!!! I want to do that w/ DD5 in Nov & I think that's a great idea to get matching settings. Are they the same size settings, or do they have a size just for the kids? She already loves us to have matching t-shirts, so I think she would be thrilled to get matching necklaces. Thanks for the idea!!
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:51 AM   #39
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I just got back and did the pick a pearl in Japan on my Birthday last Friday. I got a 7 1/4mm pearl. I had it set for a necklace with a ruby (my birthstone.) I did not buy a chain and the setting cost $30.00.
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:26 PM   #40
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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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Old 08-02-2007, 07:07 AM   #41
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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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I've never seen the Disney PickaPearl vendors, so I don't know what the oysters look like there. But I saw this question and thought I'd do a little research. Here's what I found.

Tahitian Black Pearls come in a range of colors...


and they come from a specific species of oyster known as the Black-Lipped Oyster.


I don't know if this will help when it comes time to choose an oyster, but I found these comparative photos:

Black-Lipped Oyster (this is the only type that would produce a black pearl.


Silver-Gold Lipped Oyster


Akoya Oyster
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:06 AM   #42
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Those pearls are beautiful and the pearl is my DD's birthstone. It would be so cool if we got twin ones and could each wear one.

I guess I'm weird because I feel kinda bad for the oyster though.
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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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I've had my ring for 1 1/2 years, and I don't see any sign of it getting banged up. There's only one "problem", but I've gotten used to it. I think the pearl is bigger than they put in a pre-set ring at a jewelry store (not huge-around 7 1/2 mm if I remember). For quite a while, my ring felt "top heavy" and often twisted around on my finger (some of that is probably because I lost weight and my finger's a little smaller). Like I said, I've gotten used to it though and am so glad I got it.
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I've never seen the Disney PickaPearl vendors, so I don't know what the oysters look like there. But I saw this question and thought I'd do a little research. Here's what I found.

Tahitian Black Pearls come in a range of colors...


and they come from a specific species of oyster known as the Black-Lipped Oyster.


I don't know if this will help when it comes time to choose an oyster, but I found these comparative photos:

Black-Lipped Oyster (this is the only type that would produce a black pearl.


Silver-Gold Lipped Oyster


Akoya Oyster

bigAWL,

Thank you so much for your research !! I am such a visual person so the pictures were awesome to include!! I want to try for a black one if they have that species. Does anyone remember seeing the black oysters??

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Old 08-14-2007, 01:08 PM   #45
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I have one from Japan in Epcot that is just like Minnesota's cage setting that she posted here. I love it! My DD's grandma bought it for me as a surprise on our trip a couple years ago. I felt so bad, because I was in a crabby mood that day and was tired of waiting for her, she said she was going to the bathroom and took FOREVER and I really laid into her when she got back. My #1 vacation rule is that when one person needs a restroom break, everyone tries. It cuts down on unneccessary stops. I thought she was just being stubborn because she hadn't stopped for our last 2 stops, and then we all had to wait for her. I felt so bad later that night when she gave me the little box and I saw the pearl necklace and realized what she had been up to back in Japan! It was a very sweet gesture, and is a lovely piece of jewelry. I only wish she had told me so that I could have been there to see it being chosen. I might have to do this next time so I can have a matching ring, and get to experience all the excitement.
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