I'm completely new to all of this but am looking for a pearl necklace for my girlfriend's birthday. I must admit that all the choice and dynamic of the industry is quite confusing, but I think after a few hours of poking around I have the general gist of what's going on. I've seen several posts touting the quality arguments for all of the types of pearls but I think I've settled on the freshwater type, just need to find a great value as I'm a law student and therefore am extremely poor! I've managed to find a few deals...
First, a white freshwater set from PearlParadise.com
This is for an 8 - 9 mm set and it's their monthly special for $292.
Second, the "Freshadama" also from PearlParadise.com
These are a smaller set (6 - 7), but they are freshadama. Not quite sure what that is but the description sounds nice and they were recommended on several posts.
Third, a necklace from PearlsOfJoy.com
These are 7.5's, are AAA but are only $200, why the discrepency in cost?
And last, a necklace from ThePearlOutlet.com
These are 7 - 8 mm AAA for 200.
I really want a set which would include a bracelet, a necklace and earrings but that's a bit out of my price range so I'll settle with a great necklace which will look great for many years to come...all considering my need to find quality for a good value.
I would GREATLY appreciate any help in finding a better deal, or help in letting me know why there seems to be so great a discrepency in seemingly similar necklaces. Thanks so much!