Grandma called these 'river pearls'

by Harry Keairns
(Des Moines, Ia)

Just the pearls

Just the pearls

Just the pearls
The entire necklace

We do not know the full history of this necklace but we think that they are lovely. The hope is that we can learn something more. We are guessing that they are about 100 years old.

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Dec 04, 2014
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by: Kari

Hi Harry,

That is a neat necklace. I love how it is 3 strands and on the ribbon. Makes much better use of the nice big pearls in front.

Hard to say from a photo alone. I have a tendency to trust "grandmas" since I am now one myself.

I suspect that if she said they were river pearls, they most likely are. Was she from Iowa? There are plenty of rivers here that yielded nice pearls through the years.

To be absolutely certain, you'd have to send them to a lab, like GIA or EGL in New York City.

All natural pearls have value and they are increasing in value all the time. You definitely have a treasure there. I'd love to see them in person. Let me know if you're ever over to Muscatine, or if I could stop by and see them at your place sometime. I'm occasionally near the Des Moines area. Contact me here.

I appreciate you sharing your gorgeous necklace with us!

Kari

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