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I have heard & scene a lot about Pick a Peral in Japan at EPCOT, but I am wondering if anyone knows what the average costs are for the different settings you can buy for the pearls. I know it will depend on how "fancy" you want to go, but I am thinking about doing this on our next trip & getting pearls for DD, the baby & me. I know I want an inexpensive ring setting for me & was thinking about either necklaces or earrings for the girls (inexpensive to moderate). Just want to get an idea of about how much I should expect to put away for this. If anyone has any pics of the jewlery they decided on would be greatly appreaciated too. THANKS!
Prices definitely range from reasonable to outrageous! DD wanted a pearl and had a $50 gift card to spend. Our "pearl expert" started with all the outrageous ones, never mentioning price, so when DD finally found the one she wanted, we were shocked to find out it was $250!!! And it was a tiny setting, nothing fancy! When we asked to see the more reasonably priced settings, they pulled out a tray from the bottom drawer and were a little less enthusiastic in the presentation.
She followed the directions and kept it sealed until it was dry. The pearl fell out of the setting the first time she wore it....
I've found that the DTD pearl factory pick-a-pearl location is much more expensive than the location inside Epcot. Granted, they do have really nice quality but very few inexpensive settings. I got my wyland settings there a long time ago. They don't carry wyland now though.
I'm interested in checking out the location at the beach club as I've never been to that one.
I can't wait until DD is older because I read that in the SeaWorld pick a pearl location you pick the oyster and they have a diver go down and get it... what a fun experience that must be!
I can't remember how much my flower pendant setting was, but it had to be reasonable or we wouldn't have done it. When I say reasonable I'm thinking it must've been under $50. I did that back in 07 and still have it today I don't wear it anymore bc of the diamond Andy gave me for our 5th anniversary so I don't know if that has helped it stay in tact better...
I got a silver neclace charm the first time I did the pick a pearl in 2008. It was $15 apprx for the pearl and then $15 for the charm that the pearl is attached to. In 2009 I got another pearl and had it placed on a silver dolphin charm that is a keychain or cell phone charm. That was $10 for the dolpin and that is also silver. last year I just got the pearl and I have ordered to cinderella coach cage charm for ebay which is silver plated and was $5.50 including shipping.
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We bought a carriage and a heart with a crown for DD on ebay before we went and offered her the choice when she got her pearl. She preferred the carriage, but her pearl was too big, so she wears it in the crown.
My DH and I did the pick-a-pearl last year -- it was a surprise for my birthday and anniversary (both on the same day). I got a really simple mount (just a post that goes through the pearl and something it hangs from) so that I could wear it on the gold necklace DH gave me when we got married. I think we were in and out for around $30 - $35 total.
(Anxiously awaiting our miracle baby in March 2011 after four years of "One Last Trip to WDW Before We Have Kids" trips!!!)
My dd & I went to the one at DTD for her 13th bday and got georgous necklaces but they were very very expensive. They didn't have anything that was silver only white gold. I'm still wear mine all the time but it was way too expensive.