Are These Pearls?

by Toni
(Hartford, TN)

Are these pearls?

Are these pearls?

I was five years old and my Grandmother gave me this set. I remember clearly she said, always keep these close. Never lose them. I used to use them to play dress up.

I've had them now for 55 years and I still don't know what they are. However, I was watching some TV program because I am home sick, and saw a Quahog pearl.

My subsequent google search let me to your sight. You have a picture of a conch pearl that looks just like my necklace and earrings.

The pearls are pink, with what looks to be an eye in the middle and they are set in pink rhinestones. The gold setting (not real gold) has never tarnished.

They look the same as they did in 1954. Can you please tell me what you think? Thank you in advance.

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Apr 02, 2011
Not pearls
by: Kari

Hi Toni,

Although that's a nice looking necklace, they are not pearls. Pearls are not that bright magenta pink. There are lovely bright pink conch pearls in the world, but if your necklace was made of matching conch pearls it would be a very expensive necklace. It would have been so valuable that your grandmother wouldn't have entrusted it to a young child. Again, four matching shaped conch pearls would be very expensive. It's rare and hard to find perfectly matching natural pearls.

It looks like you took her advice and kept it in good shape. I'm sure it was a pleasure to play with and even now have as an adult.

I enjoyed seeing your necklace and I'm glad you took the time to ask if they were pearls. Keep enjoying that lovely necklace!

God bless!

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