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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2009, 05:32:47 pm »
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thats what I ment,I know opal changes its colour,and Ive only seen it set in gold,mother of pearl you see it set in furniture ect,its not what I would call a gem stone,no idea,a few pics would be nice from these finds,,SEND PICTURES pleaaaaase

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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2009, 11:18:40 pm »
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found a ring that has a mother of pearl in the center it if you touch it small prace come off is they a way to safe it. any help


It is likely not real pearl.

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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2009, 01:09:16 pm »
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the ring is s/silver with the number 925 on the inside edge of it the reason why i said mother of peral because when i pull out the gound the center of it had that look in the sun and and it was wet ,i touch it with my knife and was very soft and a prase had come off on the eage of the knife.

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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2009, 02:07:24 pm »
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the ring is s/silver with the number 925 on the inside edge of it the reason why i said mother of peral because when i pull out the gound the center of it had that look in the sun and and it was wet ,i touch it with my knife and was very soft and a prase had come off on the eage of the knife.


Mother of pearl is basically calcium  and susceptible to acid damage, so if it was real pearl.... its had it, sorry. However, I have seen shells that have been in seawater for uncountable years... so I have assumed it may not be real pearl. Comprende?

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the ring is s/silver with the number 925 on the inside edge of it the reason why i said mother of peral because when i pull out the gound the center of it had that look in the sun and and it was wet ,i touch it with my knife and was very soft and a prase had come off on the eage of the knife.


More and more it sounds like it is opal. Mother of pearl would not be damaged in water but opal needs to be stored in oil.

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well i google some fax about the cameo sysle of rings and they said that some where made of sea shell and the more that i look up and read i think about i think that the center is a cameo made of sea shell and the acid is the gound has damage some what some thank for help with my fine.

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More and more it sounds like it is opal. Mother of pearl would not be damaged in water but opal needs to be stored in oil.


Oil? First time I ever heard that. Common opal, in Washington and BC gets stored in water or it loses its opal quality and is just a brown rock. Oil could work, so might glycerine/glycerol, which has a vapour point around 300 Deg F.

I dont say it doesnt work, just that its new to me.

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Oil? First time I ever heard that. Common opal, in Washington and BC gets stored in water or it loses its opal quality and is just a brown rock. Oil could work, so might glycerine/glycerol, which has a vapour point around 300 Deg F.

I dont say it doesnt work, just that its new to me.

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Opal mines abound down under. They always ship them in vials of oil to keep them from deteriorating. I found a lovely opal ring a long time ago in sandy soil. It fell apart almost instantly. I replaced it with a faceted garnet. My daughter still wears it. I wasn't even tempted to restore it with opal. Too much bother.

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I will have to remember the oil trick... I used to have a big piece of Washington brown opal, about 1.5 inch square... very dull, as it was dried out. I have not seen that stone in 20 yrs but it must be around. I have to find it and try that.

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