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Old 03-13-2009, 02:14 PM   #751
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[QUOTE=pilesoflaundry;30793700]The one I bought in DTD is silver and already looks a bit tarnished inside (I bought it in Feb.) but the ones from ebay claim to be plated white gold and don't look tarnished.

Thanks! The ebay ones are so cheap, I might get one for myself too!
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:04 PM   #752
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Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who suggested this and posted pictures of their pearls! We did this over spring break and now have beautiful rings as reminders of our trip!
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:27 AM   #753
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We are going to Disney for our first ever family trip in 116 days (I haven't even been since 1982) and we are planning to do Pick A Pearl. I just hope I can find the right location to do it! Thanks for all the tips, my daughter will be over the moon with making her own necklace(pre-purchased necklace/cage!)
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:34 AM   #754
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We are going to Disney for our first ever family trip in 116 days (I haven't even been since 1982) and we are planning to do Pick A Pearl. I just hope I can find the right location to do it! Thanks for all the tips, my daughter will be over the moon with making her own necklace(pre-purchased necklace/cage!)
There are a few places where you can pick a pearl, but the hands down favorite is at the Japanese pavilion in the World Showcase. Go early because it's nuts in there, and be sure you take videos of the pearl openings. Much fun. Have fun - and like Lays potato chips, ya can't have just one!!!
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:49 AM   #755
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If you bring your own setting, will they glue it for you at Japan?
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:56 PM   #756
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If you have a cage type necklace you don't need it glued. The cage opens and the pearl "floats" inside. Have fun, we really enjoyed it!!
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:45 PM   #757
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and like Lays potato chips, ya can't have just one!!!
Yep...last time we (me and 2 DDs) picked 2 each. I was the unlucky one...I wanted a ring with two pearls and one was the right size and one way WAY too BIG. Saving the pearls for next time in hopes of getting a smaller one.

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Old 04-09-2009, 04:13 PM   #758
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I have seen this in Japan and at DTD and never really paid much attention to it. After reading this thread I have to do this in August. I am so excited. DS10 wants to pick by pearl for me, he says he is going to pick the ugliest, harriest one
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Old 04-09-2009, 04:19 PM   #759
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This looks like such a fun thing to do. Thanks for sharing all of your stories!
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:35 PM   #760
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I did this twice this trip. One oyster each day. Day one I got twins, 6.5mm cream coloured pearls, which I had made into earrings for my neice. Day two, TWINS again ! Slightly towards the greenish hue of white, I had one made into a pendant for me and gave the other to DS to play with. (Both 6.5mm that day too.) OC that play pearl is already forgotten about an in the jewelry box.
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:27 AM   #761
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My DD and I will be pearl pickin' again in August. Last year I did it 2x and I had my pearls made into a necklace. They had a very pretty sterling silver one that held 2 pearls, so that's what I got. This year I'm hoping to get the silver ring that matches. My DD picked 3 pearls and had one made into a cell phone charm which, when she dropped her phone and watched as her friend's car ran it over, got cracked. The other two she had made into a pair of drop earrings. They're not cracked.
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:59 AM   #762
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You can bring your own chain.

I did this and got a ring a few years ago. I am heading back in May and want to do something else. We were just there in March but I am going to wait until May (my birthday) to do the pick a pearl. I asked if you could use the $75.00 birthday gift card to do the pick a pearl and they said no as they are not owned by Disney.

I would suggest if you want to bring your own chain from home if you think you might do a hanging setting. The price of the settings do not include a chain and I found their chain prices pretty expensive. I am sure you can get a chain for less money at a store near your home. I know Macy's is always throwing those 50% off sales sometimes with an extra 10% off. If you get a thin silver chain (if you think you want to set your stone in a silver setting) I am sure you will save some money and you can wear you pearl right away.

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Old 04-10-2009, 08:17 AM   #763
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Thank you everyone for sharing so much information!

Can anyone tell me about the range of ring sizes they have on hand?
I wear about 9.5-10 ring, and really hope to not have to mess with sizing when I get home.

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Old 04-10-2009, 08:21 AM   #764
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Has anyone used the Elephant Cage that is sold on Ebay? It looks in the picture like 4 small stones, would it hold a pearl in the size range opened in Japan?
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:55 PM   #765
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I went in October for my birthday. I've always wanted to do this but I never get seem to get around to it. This time I asked my family for Disney Dollars towards a ring. This is the one that I picked out:


I like it a lot but my experience picking my pearl was a little hectic. I did mine in "Japan" and the counter didn't seem as hectic as I've seen in the past. Until it was my turn! When it was my turn to pick my pearl and have it opened, so many people were pushing and shoving around me that my boyfriend got completely squeezed out of the area. It was still a lot of fun and it's a great souvenir from that trip. I would like to do it again.
Nice taste!!! I got this same exact ring. One year we took our two boys to WDW to celebrate their birthdays. We just so happened to be in Epcot on Valentine's day and decided to check out the pick a pearl station. I let my boys each pick an oyster. My oldest picked a nice white one that I had made into the ring, and my youngest picked a beautiful blueish/silver one that was made into a pendant. It was the best Valentine's gift I've ever received. While the jewelry isn't worth any real value, these are my favorite pieces of jewelry. They remind me of my favorite two little men and my favorite place to be. We'll be in Epcot this year for my birthday and I plan on letting them each pick an oyster again. It was such a fun experience, I can't wait to do it again.
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