Piles of pearls, tales of a diehard picker

by Andrea
(Florida )

Hi Kari, I have been diving (figuratively speaking) for pearls, gems, jewels of every sort since 12 years old. I now do have piles of pearls and know enough to rub them on my teeth before buying! There are tons of freshwater pearls I pass buy. So the issue is, the ones I’ve set aside as what I think are good, I am still unsure. Are they cultured? Could they be natural?

Here are some pictures but these are some of my finds.

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May 21, 2018
Thanks for the photos and post
by: Kari

Hello Andrea,

First of all, congratulations on your wonderful collection. Wow, so many lovely pearls.

Second, from a quick look at your photos I would venture to guess they are cultured pearls. Too many matching pearls, etc.

Natural pearls are totally and realistically very rare. Yes, they can be found in random places for random prices but even that is extremely rare.

If you think some may be natural, the only real way to know for sure is to send them to a reliable lab.

That is costly, but if you really want to know, that is how to do it.

Otherwise, simply enjoy and wear those gorgeous (if even cultured) pearls.

God bless and thanks for sharing!

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