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  1. I've heard of white gold vermeil too, but never...

    I've heard of white gold vermeil too, but never found a reliable source
  2. But they do..

    But they do..
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    Check out jewellerymaker.com. I did a quick scope...

    Check out jewellerymaker.com. I did a quick scope and they have sterling sheet and wire, and solder
    (and I noted that their pearl stringing silk and french wire is a lot dearer than mine! The silk...
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    China/Hong Kong is getting back to work and much...

    China/Hong Kong is getting back to work and much of the precious metal it supplies conforms to EU regs already, as standard. Lots of the Cookson stuff comes from there. Or India, but India is closed...
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    My secret is out!

    My secret is out!
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    Yes indeed, happy birthday I went outside last...

    Yes indeed, happy birthday
    I went outside last night after 11pm and sat for a while on my front wall. Complete silence.
    Spent some of today ordering plants. I suspect gardens are going to be...
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    :X thanks! This is turning into a love-me fest...

    :X
    thanks!
    This is turning into a love-me fest which was not the intention, honestly, really! But since I am up to five weeks of covid-aware isolation (including a trip to Hong Kong where I felt...
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    Wow - Cook island. Really unusual. I could...

    Wow - Cook island. Really unusual. I could probably track down some for you. Or alternately I can get Tahitians, south sea and akoya direct from the farm if you are really into provenances
    Petal -...
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    Dennis I remember both of those pearls -...

    Dennis I remember both of those pearls - especially that blue Tahitian. Not often I see such a lovely blue pearl. They seem to be even more scarce now than they were a few years ago
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    It's nice to be appreciated! But seriously, I'm...

    It's nice to be appreciated!
    But seriously, I'm interested that one of you went to far east and didn't get a good experience.
    It sort of confirms my very subjective impression that lots of makers...
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    sourcing pearls

    Just a quick query so I can find this out (and emphatically not self-publicising)
    If you want to buy some genuine pearls, where would you all go to source?
    If you've no idea would you also respond....
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    I'd simply sue for the price of the ring to be...

    I'd simply sue for the price of the ring to be restored to a proper condition. It's very easy to do online. Find a new jeweller who will back up your case with a written confirmation of eg the wrong...
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    Can you be more specific about your problems...

    Can you be more specific about your problems please
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    Answers to questions

    Please don't post a question if you have no intention of revisiting to see the responses. Once again I engage with a pearl related question and request necessary further details only to see that,...
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    What do you want to make? Advice will vary...

    What do you want to make?
    Advice will vary accordingly
    Are you sure it is real - 8mm is small for a south sea pearl and I am wondering why it is full drilled .05mm which is almost impossibly small...
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    Agree. When I was persuaded to use a pro all the...

    Agree. When I was persuaded to use a pro all the pearls came back a sepia brown colour. complete waste of time. Learn to photograph your own stuff. It takes time, experimentation, creative thought...
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    It's actually quite easy

    It's actually quite easy
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    Exactly. The pearls should be removed before any...

    Exactly. The pearls should be removed before any work
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    That doesn't mean they are real. There were only...

    That doesn't mean they are real. There were only wild pearls or fakes before around 1935. I come across many strands of 'Granny's ' heirloom pearls which are fakes. Unsetting the stones, whatever...
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    First of all - and this is a basic - are you sure...

    First of all - and this is a basic - are you sure that these are real pearls? Many fakes set into gold, from designer brands on down.
    Why don't you just remove the pearls from the earrings and then...
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    As for getting a tiny amount of solder - you...

    As for getting a tiny amount of solder - you could ask a working jeweller to sell you what you need? They are bound to have lots of different sorts in/accumulated over time
  22. Yes, the old paper -or even older parchment -...

    Yes, the old paper -or even older parchment - house demises were impressive . The ones for my grandmother's house in Salisbury went back 500 years. My house is unregistered so I have my bundle. But,...
  23. It is expensive to have a registered mark but it...

    It is expensive to have a registered mark but it is also rather nice to know that the mark is unique to you. No-one before or since can have those letters in that shape. Records are kept...
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    There are also apps for smartphones which will...

    There are also apps for smartphones which will measure the ring
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    Not nickel surely, if you want to sell it in the...

    Not nickel surely, if you want to sell it in the EU?
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