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    Question Buying duty-free pearl on airplane - what quality is this pearl?

    Hi I'm a new member in this forum, and also a pearl beginner. I recently had a flight with Korea airlines and somehow decided to buy a pearl jewelry set they sold inflight. I know that type of shopping was more like a gamble and was stupid, but the price was so tempting I did it anyway. The pearls were actually very pretty, but I wonder if I can get better than this with cheaper price elsewhere. I hope someone can take a look and tell me what the quality of the pearls are and if the price was good or not. It was a jewelry set of freshwater pearls, diamonds, with silver and white gold plating, and costs $196. Also I did the rubbing test and these pearls feel a little gritty. There are pearl powder but when I wiped it off the surface was back to normal, so I think these are real pearls.
    I took multiple pictures, hope they are enough for people to see. Also here's the link to Korean Airlines sky shop:
    https://cyberskyshop.koreanair.com/p...tCode=S10101D0
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    All pearls I have seen in airline shopping magazines were shell pearls

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    Do shell pearls pass the rubbing test too? I know they are made from mother of pearl powders but will the texture and weight any different from real pearls?
    Btw, I saw they selling Mikimoto pearls too? ��
    https://cyberskyshop.koreanair.com/p...ProductList.do
    I can't really find many posts about inflight pearls, so I don't know the overall quality.

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    nnguye20, your link in your second post doesn't work.

    As far as the rubbing test, generally imitation pearl coating is smooth rather than gritty. I have not tested any "shell pearls" type of imitation pearl, however, so I don't know if there is a coating that could potentially feel gritty. But freshwater pearls are abundant and relatively inexpensive these days so I think they are probably real pearls.

    Your photos are not large enough or clear enough to show much detail, but the set looks nice enough. That said, I think that one generally overpays when buying from sky shop magazines. A gold plated silver finding is not valuable, and the kind of diamond that would be put in such a setting is not likely to be high quality.

    I expect you could find pearl jewelry at a better price with online vendors.

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    Pearl paradise used to sell pearls on Sky mall. They were real Tahitians and freshwaters.
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    Interesting!

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