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 Post subject: can you recommend a supplier for pearl settings and cages?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:14 pm 
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My daughter has picked up quite a few pearls.(I guess at least 200)

We looked at the settings at Rio Grande and they have a limited number of settings.

She has enough that she is thinking about doing something with them.

Probably various cages, earrings, and rings.

Silver (I would prefer Argentium myself) is fine.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:14 am 
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Hi Ted, Cookson Gold (in the UK) has some nice findings. Be careful about putting pearls in rings though, rings get a lot of hammer and pearls are soft.


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How about drilling them and making them into a strand? I think it could be interesting with multiple sizes, colors and shapes.


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Yes, a necklace is a perfect way to use pearls, particularly now there is a fashion for assorted colours in the same necklace (a big time pearl dealer of my acquaintance tells me that, in the days of matched pearls for a necklace, he might have to examine 2,000 or 3,000 pearls before finding enough for a necklace), and that, he says, is with a staff of girls who can grade pearls as fast as they can pick them up and put them down. He also said that fully 1/3 of the cost of a necklace was in the grading.


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Thanks, I will suggest that to my daughter.

I think that I see making or buying a drilling machine in my future.


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Could do it with a flex shaft and a padded vice.


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Sounds good, I will look for the padded vice setup,


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I found this on eBay
https://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Drilling-V ... ision+Work


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Yes, these are good, I have one myself, but they are slow if you have a lot to drill. I noticed an excellent looking machine on the Banggood site, worth a look. Things to remember, always string your pearls on silk, it gives an incomparable feel and hang to your pearls, and always put a knot between each one, firstly it stops them rubbing together and abrading, for they are amongst the softest of gems and also, should you have the misfortune to have a string break, you are only searching for one pearl.


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I like this one as well. I think that the guide for the drill will help.


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