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    Check my friend Stephen Goldsmith's book...

    Check my friend Stephen Goldsmith's book Polishing and Finishing. its only a tenner and he is a master polisher. (and that really is his name!)
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    There have been many threads on this topic.

    There have been many threads on this topic.
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    Thank you so much. My Tuesday is...

    Thank you so much. My Tuesday is blooooooooooooooooooooming!:))):)))
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    Wow! Thank you. They got there quickly! I look...

    Wow! Thank you. They got there quickly! I look forward to seeing the finished earrings
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    Didn't know that. Easy to cut up! Why it can't be...

    Didn't know that. Easy to cut up! Why it can't be supplied as little tiny pieces by weight to save all the cutting up...who knows?
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    If you are working in gold, it is a false economy...

    If you are working in gold, it is a false economy to save a couple of £ on the solder. Check eBay, there are sellers who sell tiny amounts
  7. Buying them is easier!

    Buying them is easier!
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    You can watch her as she finds the opals via...

    You can watch her as she finds the opals via instagram brokenrivermining
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    You could send a photo and measurements to my...

    You could send a photo and measurements to my friend Sue, the Australian opal miner to see if she has anything in stock. Straight from the mine!
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    Just don't talk about it. It's like those...

    Just don't talk about it. It's like those customers who ask how your business is doing? I mean, what business is it of theirs whether I am rolling in money or about to go bankrupt. But again they...
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    When I had a lot of work done on my house I...

    When I had a lot of work done on my house I sourced a lot of it myself from websites, eBay etc. Builder amazed. Said my retail was loads cheaper than his trade prices and I ended up teaching him how...
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    Would they go into H Samuel and ask where they...

    Would they go into H Samuel and ask where they got their chain? Of course not.
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    Don't allow such questions. The first time you...

    Don't allow such questions. The first time you take money for anything you are a professional, so stop being defensive and apologetic. You charge what you want. they are free to go elsewhere.
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    Plenty available on eBay
    eg item number 283765051535 which is hard
    I checked out the seller - impressive shop - philsfindings079
  15. I've heard of white gold vermeil too, but never...

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

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    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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