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    Default There's no way these are South Sea pearls, right?

    So thanks to this forum, I now go out of my way to search and compare pearls on ebay. Today, I came across these, and I guess ebay was stalking me because a few hours later I got an email from ebay telling me they'd been reduced by $600 (!!).

    My guess is they are dyed freshwater pearls. Am I way off?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/152080415473?ul_noapp=true

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    They look like dyed freshwater pearls to me, too.

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    They don't look like SS pearls. I certainly wouldn't anything listed as SS pearls on Ebay.

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    Ebay is not going to guarantee south sea. Its too vague & unless you get a GIA certificate to prove its really one opinion against another.
    Most purchases are not worth the cost of an appraisal.
    If you like them & the price is right then you buy but don;t count on south seas pearls being south seas pearls.
    At $200 there is alot of silver & handwork. Pearls jus look too uniform in color & sort of nothing special so are likely dyed.
    Soemtimes its best to get less pearls but better pearls or even a nice big single pearl pendant that really is wow! You can get a nice tahitian pendant in gold for a little more!

    Advise is not to buy expensive south sea pearls on ebay or online unless they are from a trusted source.

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    Notice the shape of many of these pearls are not round; they are flattened. Size listed is very small for SS and the color is either dyed or irradiated (gray), not something done to South Sea pearls.

    There are a few trusted pearl & gem sellers on ebay, but only a handful that I can specifically name.
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    Dyed freshwater pearls. The only vendors who sell real ssp I know are Agustus Collection, Pearl Society and HS Jewelry and Watches.

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    Seen HS..
    Is Pearl Society in Hong Kong?

    They have baroque gold south sea pearls they say are from Australia but they are not really producing gold pearls or so I thought.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/17-LIGHT-GOL...4AAOSwi7RZMic0

    Sterling clasp baroque

    Nicer color/ more round

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/13-7MM-RICH-...cAAOSwaeRZK-oB

    If they are truly Australian they are quite rare but guess where its from does not matter as much as the color size & quality.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/201...-farms/8204654


    OOOOh this one is nice but its $66,000 on sale! I do like the white with platinum overtones

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ENORMOUS-16-...QAAOSw8HBZGHRL
    Last edited by Camelotshadow; 06-24-2017 at 06:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pareltje View Post
    Dyed freshwater pearls. The only vendors who sell real ssp I know are Agustus Collection, Pearl Society and HS Jewelry and Watches.
    To this I will add druzydesign (Care Ehret) who is a member of P-G.

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    Yep been checking druzy...wish there was a nice matched pair of round tahitians for earrings. I think I'd like drops too.

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    Definitely died freshwater pearls. You can tell by the shape and color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camelotshadow View Post
    Seen HS..
    Is Pearl Society in Hong Kong?

    They have baroque gold south sea pearls they say are from Australia but they are not really producing gold pearls or so I thought.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/17-LIGHT-GOL...4AAOSwi7RZMic0

    Sterling clasp baroque

    Nicer color/ more round

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/13-7MM-RICH-...cAAOSwaeRZK-oB

    If they are truly Australian they are quite rare but guess where its from does not matter as much as the color size & quality.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/201...-farms/8204654


    OOOOh this one is nice but its $66,000 on sale! I do like the white with platinum overtones

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ENORMOUS-16-...QAAOSw8HBZGHRL
    Pearl Society is in Hong Kong.
    Atlas Pearls also carries gssps. I remember Kalmen22 bought gssp keshi necklace from Atlas. The company is Australian but their farms are in Indonesia. Maybe that's why they are listed as Australian pearls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    To this I will add druzydesign (Care Ehret) who is a member of P-G.
    I'd like to add Isis Pearls too. She's a member here too. Her shop is in UK.

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    [QUOTE=Pareltje;185774]Pearl Society is in Hong Kong.
    Atlas Pearls also carries gssps. I remember Kalmen22 bought gssp keshi necklace from Atlas. The company is Australian but their farms are in Indonesia. Maybe that's why they are listed as Australian pearls.[/QUOTE

    That would be very misleading if they listed Atlas pearls as Australian. We don't really have gold pearls here other than the odd pale one that pops up every now and then ( so I've been told) . So they are being pretty tricksy. I've certainly never seen a gold pearl at Paspaley

    Certainly puts the rest of their 'Origin" claims in question.

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    Thanks, glad to know my pearl radar is developing. The color was the first giveaway for me, then the shape. And obviously the price. I wasn't considering them (thanks to the forum I've become quite the customer of Pearl Society, Agustus collection, and I just got an amazing package from Druzy Design on Thursday), but I was hoping I was actually starting to learn something from here and the pearl course.

    As a side note, I wish someone had warned me about pearls. Because I'm now totally obsessed.

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    [QUOTE=Katbran;185776]
    Quote Originally Posted by Pareltje View Post
    Pearl Society is in Hong Kong.
    Atlas Pearls also carries gssps. I remember Kalmen22 bought gssp keshi necklace from Atlas. The company is Australian but their farms are in Indonesia. Maybe that's why they are listed as Australian pearls.[/QUOTE

    That would be very misleading if they listed Atlas pearls as Australian. We don't really have gold pearls here other than the odd pale one that pops up every now and then ( so I've been told) . So they are being pretty tricksy. I've certainly never seen a gold pearl at Paspaley

    Certainly puts the rest of their 'Origin" claims in question.
    Are there any Australian wholesalers who buy pearls from small, less known farms, collect them, grade them and put them in bags based on their grades and then auction them off in Hong Kong? That would be interesting to know.
    Maybe this is the reason why some retailers assume they are Australian pearls.
    Here in this thread London Pearl thought this exotic ssp was Australian of origin http://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sho...ght=Atlas+farm
    I'm just trying to figure out why some vendors state their pearls' origin incorrectly.

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