I received some great information from the very knowledgeable members of this forum earlier about bead sizes in akoyas and SSPs. And excellent advice about ebay scams. but still, I couldn't resist (i know ) I won the following ebay item (attached some pics here). I spent $10 for them and to be honest I got them for the 14K gold clasps (two -- one in necklace and one in bracelet). the seller was honest about the representations made (v. accurate pictures and good realistic description) -- so at least there are a few good ones out there. I'm pretty sure that the pearls are just low grade fw -- they are very bumpy and nowhere near round. I think some of the pearls have been replaced however -- most are a creamy color but here and there some are v. white. However i love the lustre on them: very shiny -- and they display a rainbow effect, mostly pinks and greens (or is that just the indoor incandescent light playing tricks on my eyes?). Any input on these (fw or keishi?) would be greatly appreciated! oh and pls. note that the picture of the entire set was taken with flash.