new to pearls but have been reading here for awhile. I have a question about dyed pearls.
purchased several chocolate, peacock, black 6.5-7mm fw necklaces from a reliable source who thought they were among some of the better quality (comparable to AA ) at the Tuscon show.
To me they seem to have small blotches related to dying and many pearls in each necklace seem to have small flaws. Also, the peacock color seems more purple with very little green tint and they are not very dark . The pink, white and peach colors are ok.
Is it common for darker colors to have blotches - I've noticed this on some sites that show black fw dyed pearls. Also these do not have the luster if that is the correct term as what I have seen.
I was thinking of using some type of polishing cloth on the end of a drill and going over them very lightly to even out the blotches and maybe improve the luster but I would guess that if the dye comes off at all then there is a bigger problem.
The price range was in the $75/$100 per as opposed to $15 per