I have a couple of strands for sale and I took them to a resident jeweler. Now, this gentleman knew I only had pearls when we made the appointment. I also had a strand of white baroque south seas pearls to sell. This gentleman had the nerve to tell me that 1) south seas pearls are never baroque 2) south seas pearls are never under 12MM 3) and that my strand was worthless. I told him Tiffany's would be grateful to learn such south seas pearl news as they are unaware. He said I needed to "google south seas pearls qualifications" which I did and lo and behold, guess who's site came up first ... Pearl Paradise!
No one ever said it was easy.