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  1. A couple of reminders - firstly that you will...

    A couple of reminders - firstly that you will have to pay Vat and duty on import and secondly that, at least for now, the items must comply with the EU metal content rules.
    In normal times the best...
  2. It's the law.

    It's the law.
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    You could tell them the oysters are happy-...

    You could tell them the oysters are happy- implanting the nucleus in their sex organ makes them more not less reproductively active.
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    Oh, all the time. I just ignore it. Too many...

    Oh, all the time. I just ignore it. Too many people are determined to be stupid.
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    I've heard some things in my pearly time (I think...

    I've heard some things in my pearly time (I think the best was that the holes are made in pearls while they are soft just after they hatch...) Or there's the person who insisted her pearls were real...
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    No. Seriously ...no. That's a new one on me....

    No.
    Seriously ...no.
    That's a new one on me. But no. All you'd get were greasy pearls which picked up a lot of dirt.
    If you have pearls in need of loving care I can refer you to my friend Kathleen...
  7. First of all I would put in a complaint to...

    First of all I would put in a complaint to Cooksons. Under EU/UK consumer law you are entitled to expect reasonable durability in your purchases. A polishing machine should last longer than under a...
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    Gold prices always soar when there is trouble at...

    Gold prices always soar when there is trouble at t'mill
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    The main cause is the tanking of the . And that...

    The main cause is the tanking of the . And that is not going to change. Certainly in the next year. Brexit will only make it worse. Anything imported? Buy now because it will only get more expensive...
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    Do saw blades get covid perhaps?

    Do saw blades get covid perhaps?
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    Interesting isn't the word I used after the third...

    Interesting isn't the word I used after the third one broke!
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    If you use gel superglue you don't need to mess...

    If you use gel superglue you don't need to mess around with broken saw blades Dennis. Just a dot on the end of the pin and perhaps a swoosh on the inside of the cup and you're away and done.
    Mind...
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    That sounds like it is work hardened. Did it feel...

    That sounds like it is work hardened. Did it feel stiff when you were wrapping it?
    Grit your teeth and give thanks that at least it is happening now before the piece is handed over to a customer...!
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    I did some setting years ago but never had any...

    I did some setting years ago but never had any confidence that the stone was going to stay put. I'm the person who uses 12 inch screws to put up a small shelf.
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    It always looks skilled and classy. I need a day...

    It always looks skilled and classy.
    I need a day or weekend type course but none of them around at the moment. Unless someone wants to teach me
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    Work hard? Needs annealing? Or..and I am not...

    Work hard? Needs annealing?
    Or..and I am not intentionally insulting you because I have done this myself - did you cut the wrong wire when cutting off the wire wrap?
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    I love the 15 minute rings. They would be great...

    I love the 15 minute rings. They would be great with tiny seed pearls too. I wish I knew how to do stuff like flush setting
  18. There are companies which specialise in dealing...

    There are companies which specialise in dealing with scrap. They even come and vacuum workshop floors. I remember seeing a video of their reclaim work a few years ago. Probably a better option
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    The price of gold might drop then, but will soon...

    The price of gold might drop then, but will soon go up for us as the tanks further on December 31. (same for silver and everything bought in from anywhere not UK)
  20. I looked on Alibaba and there is one argentium...

    I looked on Alibaba and there is one argentium chain supplier (in india). worth a check as it will be much cheaper than a UK supplier even with customs etc
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    problem is that the only way to tell if...

    problem is that the only way to tell if supermarket strawbs are any good is to smell them. Which you can't do with a mask on - nor should you go sniffing at packaging!
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    If you find a way to keep the copper outer ring...

    If you find a way to keep the copper outer ring separate and independent of the inner silver you would have a designer prayer ring!
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    Annealing allows the individual molecules in the...

    Annealing allows the individual molecules in the metal relax and snuggle down comfortably. Hammering, bending or otherwise working the metal jumbles them all up to the point where they are tangled...
  24. I was taught to saw through both ends squeezed...

    I was taught to saw through both ends squeezed together to get a good close fit for soldering. It is tricky to get the knack and there is lots of potential for sawing the hand holding the two ends...
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    There are so many myths about pearls. I think the...

    There are so many myths about pearls. I think the funniest I ever heard was someone asked me if the holes were made by poking though them when they were soft from hatching? And then there was the...
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