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Nice, but not REAL nice
on November 17, 2010
I purchased the black equivalent strand and was very pleased. So I ordered the white and am not quite as pleased with them. I'm sure they vary strand to strand, but these are not slightly irregular--they are very irregular. They do not have "a few" lines and indentations: they are chock full of them. I don't mind some "personality" with pearls--too perfect and they will look like man-made shell or glass pearls, but "moderately blemished" is not an accurate representation of the strand I received. The earrings are much more uniform and free of blemishes.
The box they arrived in is utilitarian at best, with no separate storage pouch (for anyone who thinks these are important factors in a purchase decision--I do not).
On the other hand, they are big and from a distance will look much better than they do on a close-up inspection.(On the black pearls a reviewer called it a "social distance"-- where others will be in relation to your neck). "High luster" is very accurate --- they are very pretty and near-white with a good color match between individual pearls. The pearls are individually knotted on a strong string, which I think will be important over time for pearls of this size and weight. I think if I tell myself they are "baroque" pearls (rather than the almost synonymous "potato" pearls) I will be much happier with the purchase, which, despite what I have had to say, is still a really good deal. And recognizing that I just changed my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars.