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Old 07-10-2013, 11:49 PM   #2056
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I've read a lot about the Pick a Pearl and I want to do it when we go for our 1yr Anniversary in a few weeks. I want to be able to wear my pearl as a necklace but I don't want to break the bank doing it. Is it better to buy your setting there or buy one online and bring it. I have found a cinderella carriage one being sold on ebay for about $6.00 plus shipping. Are prices close to that in the park?

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The problem with the pearl cage is, if you get a larger pearl it won't fit in the cage. At Epcot, to pick a pearl it's $17. I got a setting and chain for $37 together, all told it was $54. More than I wanted to spend but I am very happy with it. I wear it pretty often.

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:19 AM   #2057
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There is definitely an oyster inside. They very discreetly dispose of it and make a big deal about the pearl.
Actually, at DL last week, the woman took the knife she used to open the oyster, and sliced out the pearl from the oyster, and then sliced up the oyster into little bits to make sure there wasn't a second pearl. *I* was actually a little grossed out! But my daughter, who is also usually sensitive, was fine, and they did dispose of it discreetly after that. I don't remember them doing all that in Epcot.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:54 PM   #2058
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I have seen it done several times before in Epcot. I have actually seen the person " find " another one too !
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:02 AM   #2059
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Looking to do this in Japan. Do the pendants come with the necklace or do you have to buy it separately? If you do have to buy separately, how much do the necklaces cost? Thanks!
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:31 PM   #2060
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Looking to do this in Japan. Do the pendants come with the necklace or do you have to buy it separately? If you do have to buy separately, how much do the necklaces cost? Thanks!
I'm not 100% sure but I think the chain is separate. My setting and chain together were $37. You can see mine at the top of this page. It is very tiny and delicate, perfect for me. It was also one of the less expensive ones.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:19 AM   #2061
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Just read through a ton of pages in this thread and I'm so excited to do this with my DD in October!! Thanks to those that posted pics - the rings are beautiful and I can't wait to have a pearl set in one!
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:37 AM   #2062
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Just read through a ton of pages in this thread and I'm so excited to do this with my DD in October!! Thanks to those that posted pics - the rings are beautiful and I can't wait to have a pearl set in one!
You will love it! I have done it multiple times. I have 3 necklaces and a ring and have gotten necklaces as gifts for my Mom and 2 sisters from there too. Do it in Japan at Epcot, they do a great ceremony and everything!
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:08 AM   #2063
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I had always wanted to do Pick a Pearl, but never got around to doing it. This trip, I was determined my souvenir was going to be a pearl ring. I let my son pick the oyster and it had a 7.5mm golden pearl. I had it set into a ring and love it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:19 AM   #2064
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We did "Pick a Pearl" at EPCOT when DD was 2. There were 2 pearls so it worked out nicely. We chose earrings and decided we would give them to her on her 18th birthday. The next year DH wanted to make a set so we did it again and got 2 pearls again. So now she has a nice set of earrings and a necklace.

In Jan. we are going again and if we get one then we will do a ring and if we get two then I think we will get matching rings for her and I.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:43 AM   #2065
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The problem with the pearl cage is, if you get a larger pearl it won't fit in the cage. At Epcot, to pick a pearl it's $17. I got a setting and chain for $37 together, all told it was $54. More than I wanted to spend but I am very happy with it. I wear it pretty often.
This is beautiful!
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:04 AM   #2066
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I just did pick a pearl in Japan last week. I had actually purchased the mickey head icon (3 round circles) from Ebay for $8 I think. really pretty got a lot of compliments on it.

I am a veteran at picking pearls. I have done them both at Japan and The Pearl Factory, both WDW and DL as well as Vegas.

I have probably 20+ pieces all different colors...can you tell I love pearls. I have been thiking about writing a sticky because it seems every other week there is a question about pick a pearl. Hmm...who do I have to contact.

Anyway....word of advice. If you go with your own setting...neither location will "set" your pearl if it needs to be drilled. If you have a "cage" setting finish your transaction and walk away before putting your pearl in the cage. Both companies want to sell you settings.

I don't know if The Pearl Factory still does this but they have extra pearls you can buy or trade if you don't like the color. I know I did this at the DL location. If you are really hoping for a black or blue pearl....you might have to pick it out of a box.

Also saw some questions about the oyster itself. They do not allow folks to eat the oyster. I believe it's because one they are not eating oysters and two they have not been probably maintained (temparature/water).

If anyone has questions, please feel free to ask.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:09 AM   #2067
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I picked two pearls to make earrings one was a large gold hue one was a smaller white hue they allowed me to exchange for a hold hue one the same size as the gild one I picked, & they did not charge me extra.. Just a thought.. To make post earrings is pretty cheap in Japan $10-$25. Plus they have dangly types which is more

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Old 08-07-2013, 11:14 AM   #2068
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I picked two pearls to make earrings one was a large gold hue one was a smaller white hue they allowed me to exchange for a hold hue one the same size as the gild one I picked, & they did not charge me extra.. Just a thought.. To make post earrings is pretty cheap in Japan $10-$25. Plus they have dangly types which is more
Bluejasmine...thanks for the piece of information. I wasn't sure if Japan had "extras" you could exchange. So now it sounds like both Japan and The Pearl Factory do things exactly the same way. However, Japan is cheaper in their prices. But then again...I always tend to pick the items dripping in diamonds! lol
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:01 PM   #2069
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I haven't done pick a pearl since I was 9 years old so I'm no help! I don't now if this was already talked about since I didn't read though the billions of pearl pages lol! But I did see on etsy.com someone was making pearl cage rings! Looks really cool - I've only seen the necklace cage rings that are talked about on here. Ring seemed like a neat idea!
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:09 PM   #2070
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Usually I just put my pearls in cages but on our 2008 trip I had one drilled into a pendant setting with a horseshoe. 6 months later it had fallen out of the setting (thank goodness I found it!) so on our 2009 trip we took it in and had them reglue it. Just 3 months later it fell out again! Anyone else have troubles with the glued pieces?

And anyone have experience purchasing the sterling silver pieces on eBay? I noticed the same settings that say "silver plated" and "sterling silver". I'll happily pay the extra for the sterling setting, but I wanted to be sure I wasn't being hussled and sold a silver plated setting for the sterling price.
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