Judi McCormick

Pearl Qualities- Color

Pearl Qualities- Color

There are so many colors of a natural pearl. A lot of this choice is personal preference, but there are some colors that are more valuable than others. This is related to the rarity of those colors.
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Pearl Qualities-Surface Blemishes

Pearl Qualities-Surface Blemishes

I can't even begin to tell you how bad these pearls are and they were for sale at one of the side shows in Tucson! Also, please note that these are not natural colors. They are very dyed and irradiated. Ugly.
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Pearl Qualities- Luster

Pearl Qualities- Luster

You might be thinking about purchasing some pearls for the coming holiday season and I want to give you some guidelines for making a decision on what kind of pearls to buy and what qualities to look for in pearls.

This will be more than a one week blog, but please, email me with any questions that you have. I really want you to make an educated purchase.

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Breaking News-Rare Purple Quahog Pearl Found in a Restaurant

Breaking News-Rare Purple Quahog Pearl Found in a Restaurant

Last August a family vacationing in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware found an extremely rare purple pearl while eating in the restaurant Salt Air.

Was this a hoax?

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Freshwater vs. Saltwater Pearls

Freshwater vs. Saltwater Pearls

Let me give you a very concise match-up and you can decide.
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The Black Beauty Pearl

The Black Beauty Pearl

The Black Beauty Pearl is considered to be one of the most important pearls in history. Why?

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Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Vladimir Tiara. It seemed appropriate.

Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Vladimir Tiara. It seemed appropriate.

The story begins with the Romanov Duchess Vladimir, who was the last Romanov to leave Russia during the Revolution. 
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Can You Swim In Pearls? One more time...

Can You Swim In Pearls? One more time...

Since Pearls are Cultivated in Salt and Freshwater, Can You Wear Them Swimming? It would seem logical that you could. Let me explain.
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Anne Boleyn's Bold "B" Necklace

Anne Boleyn's Bold "B" Necklace

Anne Boleyn was one of the boldest of Henry VIII's wives. This is one of the original Statement Necklaces. What happened to it?
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Pearl Nacre Thickness

Pearl Nacre Thickness

The thicker the nacre of a pearl and the better the quality, the more exquisite the pearl.
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Baroque- What Does That Mean?

Baroque- What Does That Mean?

Baroque is a description of a pearl that is non-symmetrical and shaped irregularly. More importantly, barroque (french spelling) was first used to describe pearls. It was not until the 17c. that Baroque came to mean a form of art and architecture.

But, what exactly is a baroque pearl and are they valuable?

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What Is Nacre?

What Is Nacre?

You have heard this term used as a level of quality in a pearl. But, why?
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