Featured Help: are these genuine coral necklaces?

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  1. MTswirls

    MTswirls Well-Known Member

    Good morning everyone :happy:

    I'm not familiar with coral, and I'm trying to determine if these necklaces are genuine coral. The gold is not real on two of the necklaces. The silver clasp on the third necklace is sterling.

    Thanks!

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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I think there is going to be disagreement about this, but I'll get the conversation started. Despite the beads in the first 2 necklaces being different sizes, shapes and/or colors, I think they are glass.

    There is just something about the color of these & other little things hard to put into words that bother me about this one. Almost looks more like some type of seed.

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    The second necklace, with one blue & white glass bead, and all the others exactly the same color, is particularly suspect.

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    These look like raw, unadulterated coral, with some tube worm mixed in.

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  3. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    Totally agree with @Bronwen, for the same reasons :)
     
  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Thritto.:playful: (meaning I agree with the above)
    The glass ones are from Asia somewhere, probably India.
    I disagree 100%, there is no disagreement about this at all.:pompous::)
     
  5. MTswirls

    MTswirls Well-Known Member

    Ok, thank you for the help!
     
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  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Don't ya love going out on a limb...only to have everyone agree with you !!!
    I agree too !!!! :kiss:
     
  7. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    There are a few counties not yet heard from. Distinguishing real from fake coral on photos alone can be tough. It really helps to be able to feel the weight & texture. Have found the 'tooth test' for pearls is also useful with coral. @MTswirls try nibbling at them with your front teeth. Think you will find each of the 3 has a very different texture from the others.
     
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  8. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Is that a real word? :hilarious: It's a good one, I like it, very Medieval feel to it.
    Getting back to the coral, I remembered after posting my last thread that I was supposed to test with lemon juice, well I just did and could have saved everyone time as no bubbles!.
    Does that test work on all types of coral?
     
  9. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I never do things like this. Is it to test for dye or calcium carbonate based material? If latter, should work with all kinds of shelled marine life, although can imagine some may be tougher & resist citric acid. Some people use vinegar.
     
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  10. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    I think this but AJ is the expert!
     
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  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

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  12. MTswirls

    MTswirls Well-Known Member

    Thanks! :happy:
     
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  13. MTswirls

    MTswirls Well-Known Member

    I tried the tooth test and both beaded necklaces have a smooth surface. They also both have more weight to them than the unadultered coral.
     
  14. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Not really, it is one of those forum things. It started when someone replied to something (can't remember who what where), someone else replied to that with "ditto", and I decided to reply "thritto". It works.:playful:
    uhmm.:bag::shy:
    Yes, it is to test for calcium carbonate, which 'blows' bubbles.
     
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  15. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Thereby releasing more carbon into the air. Maybe we should stop doing this for the sake of the planet. :D
     
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  16. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    In that case, you need to stop exhaling. ;)
     
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  17. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    The carbon dioxide I exhale was taken from the atmosphere in the first place, so just putting back what was already there. On the other hand, when I fart, I'm releasing carbon dioxide that used to be locked up in the ingredients of my food. Maybe people need to stop eating beans. Every little bit helps. I'm being silly but really do take it seriously.
     
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  18. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Wow these threads bounce off rapidly at an unexpected tangent!:hilarious:
     
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  19. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Well, think we've answered the original question, so now we're free to talk among ourselves. I knew what I was in for when the conversation that grew out of my Introduction thread, which of course starts with cameos, got to travelogues about Copenhagen & later on the Mad Tea Party.
     
  20. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Ah, but even that food carbon was once in the air! This is actually what's so fascinating about eco systems: closed cycle theory. It's not the origin that matters, it's the concentration.

    And, in fact, your exhalations are a product of what you eat. You inhale O2, exhale CO2, the carbon of which has come from what you eat, being a metabolic product. Bit of a simplistic explanation of the cycle, but you get my drift.
     
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