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Old 09-06-2007, 12:46 PM   #136
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Does anyone know how much it would cost to get a pearl set with just a simple loop for a necklace or for a pair to be mounted in simple post earings?

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Old 09-06-2007, 01:35 PM   #137
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My DD and I did this in December and we loved it! I'll have to get DH to get pics of the rings we bought. I don't remember seeing the Lucky pendant; I will have to look for that one in June.
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Old 09-08-2007, 11:54 PM   #138
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Hi all,

My girl loves pearls so I think this is something we are going to end up doing no matter what when we go at the end of the month, but I am curious as to what it is that is in these oysters. Are they actually pearls? Or are they beads?

I have been doing some research (like I said my girl loves pearls) and some that are like me and like to know exactly what they get into might find this site interesting: pearl-guide.com/pearl-colors.shtml

According to this site "One rule of thumb in spottings treated pearls is that if the pearls are not true Tahitian pearls, from the Black Lip Oyster (Pinctada margaritifera), they cannot naturally be black. Naturally black akoya and freshwater pearls do not exist, and if black pearls of this variety are offered for sale, they will always be dyed. Many unwary consumers consumer buys black pearls-only to find later that the natural color grading is false."

They have much more info that begs the question as to what it is that is in these oysters. Those of you that have done this, do you remmeber the exact language they used to describe the pearls? For example did they call them freshwater, cultured or Saltwater?

Also they say if you run the pearl accross your teeth and it is smooth its probably a bead...if it is rough, its the nacre of a pearl. Can someone out there try that and report?

Maybe too much to ask for a first post but I would be greatful for your efforts =)
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:20 AM   #139
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Also they say if you run the pearl accross your teeth and it is smooth its probably a bead...if it is rough, its the nacre of a pearl. Can someone out there try that and report?

I learned this from a friend so naturally I just had to try to see what she was talking about. All the pearls I have gotten from Epcot (Japan) have had the grainy feel to them. So they are not beads. I hope this helps!
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:23 AM   #140
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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 these which location did you get them and how much was the setting if you dont mind me asking. Thanks!
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:53 PM   #141
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I learned this from a friend so naturally I just had to try to see what she was talking about. All the pearls I have gotten from Epcot (Japan) have had the grainy feel to them. So they are not beads. I hope this helps!

Much appreciated, thanks!

From everything I have seen I belive they are (as expected) not ever going to be highly valuable pearls that you get. I haven't read enough to learn exactly how the color treating process works but certainly the pearls from these oysters have been color treated. Which begs the question of whether they are removed, valued and treated for color and then placed inside another(?) oyster. Now that I know what it is that is inside I suppose I really don't need to know the answer, but for those of you doing research on which oysters to pick to yeild the best pearl you may want to take note. The appearance of an oyster might not have anything to do with the pearl inside...
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:39 PM   #142
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Much appreciated, thanks!

From everything I have seen I belive they are (as expected) not ever going to be highly valuable pearls that you get. I haven't read enough to learn exactly how the color treating process works but certainly the pearls from these oysters have been color treated. Which begs the question of whether they are removed, valued and treated for color and then placed inside another(?) oyster. Now that I know what it is that is inside I suppose I really don't need to know the answer, but for those of you doing research on which oysters to pick to yeild the best pearl you may want to take note. The appearance of an oyster might not have anything to do with the pearl inside...
I know nothing about pearls so excuse my ignorance but why do you say they are color treated?

Though I've never actually bought one of these from DW, I have been there when they were opened & it did look authentic to me...they had a special tool that "pried" the shell open....it didn't look to me that they had been tampered with prior.

And I don't know much about the value of a single pearl...are there some pearls that are worth a lot more than others? So, you think DW is using sub-par pearls? Anything I've read said that the individuals buying these pearls were happy with them.

Again, just wondering what you are basing your information on?
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:00 PM   #143
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I had to try it!!

I suprised my girls (11) with a trip to Japan they knew nothing about it. They kept asking me why I wanted to go to Japan so bad and I just told them I haven't ever been in the shop there and wanted to be sure to check it out. When we got there they immediatly found the pearl area and started saying I want to get one and I said that's why I wanted to come here so bad. I went first and I got a single pearl good size; I thought it was really nice. Then one of my DD,s picked hers all by herself and she got what they said was a rare pearl it was a pretty silver color very nice size. Then my other DD picked 2 oysters and couldn't decide which one she wanted so she ask her dad for help so he helped her decide and when they opened hers she had twins! She had earrings made and me and my other daughter had a pendent made. All and all the 3 of us spent about $85.00 for everything. I think it was worth every penny the girls had a great time picking and then watching them make their jewrly. It's a great memory
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I suprised my girls (11) with a trip to Japan they knew nothing about it. They kept asking me why I wanted to go to Japan so bad and I just told them I haven't ever been in the shop there and wanted to be sure to check it out. When we got there they immediatly found the pearl area and started saying I want to get one and I said that's why I wanted to come here so bad. I went first and I got a single pearl good size; I thought it was really nice. Then one of my DD,s picked hers all by herself and she got what they said was a rare pearl it was a pretty silver color very nice size. Then my other DD picked 2 oysters and couldn't decide which one she wanted so she ask her dad for help so he helped her decide and when they opened hers she had twins! She had earrings made and me and my other daughter had a pendent made. All and all the 3 of us spent about $85.00 for everything. I think it was worth every penny the girls had a great time picking and then watching them make their jewrly. It's a great memory
EARRINGS!! PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE tell me how much they charged for just the earrings!!
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EARRINGS!! PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE tell me how much they charged for just the earrings!!
The setting she chose for her's was $13.00 and they dangle just a very little bit. They are sterling silver they also had just the plain post type sterling for $9.99. They offer both sterling silver and gold in everything and they are things priced from $9.99 to in the hundreds. Some really pretty things.

My other DD chose a silver pendent for $9.99 that is shaped like a heart and the pearl is attached at the bottom. I chose the sterling cage pendant for $19.99. I think it was money well spent we really enjoyed it.
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The setting she chose for her's was $13.00 and they dangle just a very little bit. They are sterling silver they also had just the plain post type sterling for $9.99. They offer both sterling silver and gold in everything and they are things priced from $9.99 to in the hundreds. Some really pretty things.

My other DD chose a silver pendent for $9.99 that is shaped like a heart and the pearl is attached at the bottom. I chose the sterling cage pendant for $19.99. I think it was money well spent we really enjoyed it.
Thank you!!!

We purchased our DD's pendants in January--This time the grandmas are coming with us so I was thinking of letting the 2 girls and the 2 gmoms each pick a pearl then having the girls give their pearl to a gmom and then having them made into earrings to remember their first trip.
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is it guaranteed that you will get a pearl, or is it just a possibility?

DH adn I are going to WDW in December to celebrate our anniversary, and this will be an awesome addition to the trip!
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:06 PM   #148
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You will deffinately get a real pearl! They seed the oysters to insure that there will be a pearl inside. You just don't know what size or color pearl you will get. My DDs and I have done this several times and they love their pearl jewelry.
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I know nothing about pearls so excuse my ignorance but why do you say they are color treated?

Though I've never actually bought one of these from DW, I have been there when they were opened & it did look authentic to me...they had a special tool that "pried" the shell open....it didn't look to me that they had been tampered with prior.

And I don't know much about the value of a single pearl...are there some pearls that are worth a lot more than others? So, you think DW is using sub-par pearls? Anything I've read said that the individuals buying these pearls were happy with them.

Again, just wondering what you are basing your information on?
I am no expert either I only know what I have read from the limited sources I have seeked out, so please do check everything I say:

....but from what I understand some people have reported finding (or seeing others find) black pearls in the oysters they have chosen. Black pearls (seeded or natural) only occure in the Black Lip Oyster which do not appear to be the type of oysters being used here. From the website I referenced above: "Naturally black akoya and freshwater pearls do not exist". Akoya oysters do appear to be the oysters being used...so if some are finding black pearls in them they have definetly been color treated. I am not familier with the coloring process at all. But if coloring occures out of the shell then that would be conclusive that the pearls are removed and then replaced.

Also With all the various colors being found I tend to think that they are being color treated. I would also think since there are so many different kinds they want to very the amount of each kind so not to have an overload of any one color....they would need to know whats inside each oyster to be able to do that. The website goes on to say that it is common practice for lower quality farmed pearls to be color treated to increase their market value.

The other thing that comes to my mind is all the double pearled oysters that people find. If all oysters were able to produce 2 pearls from being seeded why wouldn't they just double seed each oyster? They would double their pearl yeild and profits. I tend to think a second pearl is added to increase the excitment and variety of the attraction.

Some pearls are more valuable then others. Check out the website above...I have found it most useful. With farmed pearls the longer they are left in the oyster the more layers of nacre that are formed over the implanted bead and the more valuable they are.

I am not suggesting that the pearls are not authentic or that people be unhappy with them...Heck I'll be buying one too! The illusion here ofcourse is that you get to pick a live oyster with a random pearl inside. I don't beleive that to be true but for my money that dosn't mean what they do offer is without value and not to be enjoyed.

The website: pearl-guide.com/
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