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nothin' special
by: Anonymous

They are not eggshell form, they are potato form. Chinese freshwater potato shaped pearls. Not special and not old. The toggle clasp screams of craft quality. Sorry. That's just my opinion.

enjoy you necklace
by: waimeamomi

I agree that those are probably freshwater pearls, fairly recent and a very common shape. The necklace has a nice design with the clasp as a drop. If the clasp and the stone mounting are as nice as they look, you have a great piece to wear and enjoy and I bet you get many compliments!

Cultured pearl necklace
by: Jerin


I agree with what the other readers have written - it is most probably a cultured freshwaterpearl necklace, the shape very often is a give away. To learn more about pearls you can visit

Good luck!

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Not to my eye...
by: Anonymous

This is a pretty necklace, and whilst it is difficult to tell exactly what we are looking at from the photo (too far away, no drill holes seen) these pearls look to my reasonable eye to be button or potato shaped freshwater pearls. If this is the case they are indeed real pearls, but they are cultured, and probably no more than a couple of years old.

Eggshell - what the hell?
by: Anonymous

It is impossible to tell from the photo. A shot with a macro lens of even just a few of the pearls would be a huge help. From this distance they appear to be potato-shape freshwater pearls.

One word of caution, if the person who told you they were eggshell shape was the same person that determined they were real pearls, you need to get a second opinion. Eggshell is not a pearl shape.

Real or Fake Pearls?
by: Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

Hi Deborah
it's a bit hard to judge pearls from photographs and over the internet- identifying real pearls from fakes is difficult these days.
If the pearls all look exactly the same, too perfect, ie. shape and color, I would be suspicious.
You also need to examine the drill holes for tell tale clues. If the strand is knotted in between the pearls this may indicate a good faux pearl necklace or in this case, a genuine pearl necklace. The clasp looks modern.

Natural pearls are not cultured pearls!

See information on Antique Jewelry Investor about identifying pearls here.

Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

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