I saw them. They look like Tahitians that look like freshies. Or is it the other way around? They look like freshies that look like Tahitians. At any rate, I bet you got a great deal. Great peacock colors.
A few years ago, when I was still marveling at the versatility of the freshwater pearls, I noticed how they can be made to look like Tahitians especially, but also akoya and SS. For tahitians, you need a bit of size on the pearls and a dye job. For some reason, fw pearls retain luster and overtones when dyed.
Because most people do not know what a Tahitian pearl is except larger and black, unscrupulous fw dealers having been passing fw off as Tahitians since they started getting bigger FW, or rather, they call them, "Tahitian Black pearls". When challenged, they will tell you "Tahitian black" is a also color, not just a type, of pearl. It is possible you got these when the previous owner trashed them after realizing they weren't actually Tahitians after having bought them as such.
Personally, I love to wear big dyed FW and have a 12m strand with blue and rose overtones. I don't care if others know what they are or not, but when asked, if they are Tahitian, I tell them they are freshwater, and if possible, say much the same as I just said to you.
And BTW telling people something is a "Tahitian Black" pearl, as so many people do on eBay is grounds not to shop with them! It is unethical to say the least- and fraudulent, if the pearls are priced at Tahitian price levels. Most of the Tahitian black sellers, still sell at an inflated FW price, so they aren't worth prosecuting for fraud, because the customer only overpays somewhat, not many times what they are worth.
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I don't know how they do it-- I have some Tahitian-looking FW drops as well, that I bought as a strand for very little, took the strand apart and did other things with the pearls. A few of them are indistinguishable (to me) from the pearl I won from Kamoka last year. And they're nacre clear through, whereas Tahitians have a bead inside.
As to how to tell-- if you are paying very little for a strand of them, odds are they are CFWP-- the original owner/consignor would not let them go for so little if they were Tahitians. On the other hand if they are priced high, beware. If you don't know your pearls, you'd better know your seller. The seller in turn has to have impeccable sources.
That one bell shaped pearl occurs only in FW pearls. A few of yours have overtones that are very Tahitians, but the shapes aren't right for baroque Tahitians which tend to have a small bulb on one end, even when ringed.
Thanks PD for posting the photos! Mwahh!!!
We have some very recent threads, like mousketeers (sp?) who just got 2 Tahitian strands and even want to sell the first one. They have very typical Tahitian shapes. Try searching for them, unless some other kind soul want to search for you...I'd do it but I just ran out of time...