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Old 08-10-2011, 02:42 PM   #1831
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Someone asked this a couple pages back and it was stated that they will not. Their drills are set to the specific depth for their settings and cannot/will not be changed.
I saw that post but thought it read that they would not drill a hole all the way through the pearl for that person, maybe I misunderstood. Thanks!
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:48 PM   #1832
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We'll be doing this one for our 2 DDs on our upcoming trip next week. I haven't told them. I really hope they like the experience.
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:32 PM   #1833
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After reading all of these posts I am excited to do it, too. I ordered a carriage charm from ebay as well, but I might just choose a setting if the pearl I pick happens to be too large.

It just seems like such a fun experience and a neat souvenir that doesn't take up too much space. My mum and sister aren't interested in it at all, but they will have to just humor me when we are at the World Showcase.

Thanks to the person who posted the settings available and prices, that is so helpful!
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:10 PM   #1834
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Those of you that have put them in rings, has anyone ever lost one? I am just wondering because I really want to get a ring but I am nervous because I heard that pearls are soft. Thanks! I am very excited to do it. It will be me, my sister and my 3 daughters. I just dont know what kind of settings or jewelry we will put them in yet!
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:31 PM   #1835
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Are there any retailers that have plain sterling silver coach cages?
I am wondering the same thing! I would like to try and find sterling silver, too.
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:36 PM   #1836
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Is there still a Pick a Pearl location in DTD? If sooooo where? Thanks in advance.
Yes there is one there and I would recommend NOT going there for this experience. Do it at Epcot. I won't drag out all the details but suffice to say several members here had trouble with the DTD location.....
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:38 PM   #1837
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Hi all! Wow, what a LONG thread for pick-a-pearl! Glad I found it, though. I only just found out about this the other day, so I was JUST curious...does anyone know what becomes of the oyster meat once it is shucked? Thanks in advance!
The "meat" is thrown out along with the shell. There is a chemical added to the water the oysters are in at the store that renders the "meat" (animal) inedible. I have asked to keep one side of the shell every time I go and due to health laws they are not allowed to give it to you.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:26 AM   #1838
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Those of you that have put them in rings, has anyone ever lost one? I am just wondering because I really want to get a ring but I am nervous because I heard that pearls are soft. Thanks! I am very excited to do it. It will be me, my sister and my 3 daughters. I just dont know what kind of settings or jewelry we will put them in yet!
I have worn my Japan Pick-A-Pearl ring every day (only take it off when showering) for the last five or so years and it is as good as the day I got it. Do note that you cannot wear the jewelry for 24 (or is it 48? They will tell you) hours after getting it because the glue needs to cure. So, keep it in the box until after it cures. I would wait until you get home to wear it, since I wouldn't risk a newly-cured pearl on the rides in case it takes longer than they say for the glue to cure.

I will say that at the same time I got this ring, I got another pearl on a flower-shaped pin setting and that pearl did fall off the same year (I did find it, thankfully). However, do note that I was using the pin to hold on a too-small bandanna around my service dog's neck, so that's not exactly normal wear'n'tear. The pearl fell off after we got home from being out one day and she shook her body when I took her harness off. My ring has never had an issue, though.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:29 AM   #1839
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Has anyone ever NOT gotten a pearl when they do this? I haven't read ALL of these posts but it seems like at least most of you have. I plan to do this with DD next week, already bought our pumpkin coach cages. It would be nice if I knew I only had to pay for 1 try each
I believe they guarantee you will get a pearl. If the shell is empty, they will open another one for you.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:34 AM   #1840
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Oh, that's too bad. I wonder if they will at least drill the hole so you could put the pearl on yourself?
You can just buy just the pearl from them and they will send it home with you in a bag. Then you can take it to your local jeweler to get it set. The jeweler will have the proper kind of glue needed for the pearl that won't destroy the pearl.

The first time I did the Pick-A-Pearl (back in the '80s), I chose not to get a setting. About six years later, I finally got it set in a necklace at a local jeweler. I love it and am glad that I did it that way! I put it on a formal-looking setting (yellow gold curvy "wings" with a diamond chip above the pearl), so I don't wear it much, but it is still nice. (Not saying gold and diamonds are always formal, of course, just that the look of this particular setting is formal.)
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:39 AM   #1841
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Is there still a Pick a Pearl location in DTD? If sooooo where? Thanks in advance.

I don't recommend that place. Go to the Epcot Japan one. I got a pearl set into a dolphins-in-a-circle necklace two years ago and the pearl has long since lost its sheen. The ring I got at the Japan one five or six years ago is still perfect and that one comes in contact with water and soap and stuff all the time (I only take it off when showering, so wash my hands with it on all the time). The DTD one just isn't worth it, IMO. (I also have a pearl from the Japan one that I got in the '80s and had set into a necklace about six years after that, but I hardly ever wear it because it is a formal setting, so I can't really compare that necklace to the DTD one as far as wear goes, but the pearl is still as good as new on that one!)
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:46 AM   #1842
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In Epcot Japan - are the rings adjustable???? ( i mean ring settings) - OR you have to know the size of the ring for the person you are buying for???

I would love to buy a ring for my mom but don't knwo her size - and I want to keep it a surprise - if I ask her for the size - she will know about it so dont' want to - please help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No, the rings are real rings, not adjustable things. You will have to know the size or close enough to the size that you will be able to bring the ring to the jeweler at home to get it resized. You don't have to ask her for her ring size if you can do some detective work, such as take one of her current rings that fits the finger you think she'll want to put the new ring on (each finger is a different size!) and impress it into a bar of soap so you can compare the soap to a ring sizer at a jewelry store (or Disney). (Make sure you clean her ring of soap residue after so she isn't wise to what you did!) If your father knows her ring size, ask him for it. If you can think of a round-about way to ask your mom her ring size, like be looking through a jewelry catalog/site and trying to figure out your ring size and ask her what hers is, or say you have a friend with similar-sized fingers and want to surprise them with a ring, that could work, too. Or, you could just have somebody else ask her for the size and she'd just think they were going to get her a ring, not you, so it would still be a surprise.
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:24 PM   #1843
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stumbled upon this thread and have fallen in love with this whole idea! I cant wait to go to Disney and get my very own!
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:04 PM   #1844
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I am wondering the same thing! I would like to try and find sterling silver, too.
A sterling silver carriage would be great, has anyone had any luck finding one?
I also can't believe no one does a mickey head. It would be a sure seller!
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:31 PM   #1845
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Always wanted a pearl ring...

Hmmm, I have always just skipped on by these booths, but I would really like a pearl ring. I think I will just shop around the different locations and pick my favorite setting before I go through the process. We are staying at the Beach Club, and I know of the DTD and Japan locations--I have read on some older posts about a couple of others, but want to make sure those are still there before trekking all over the World. Anyone been to another recently?
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