My daughter is graduating from college and I think that a strand of pearls would be a wonderful "grown-up" gift to mark this occasion. I have been lurking on this forum and trying to learn enough so that I make a "smart" purchase. But, I'm confused. I think I need some help/opinions to make a wise choice.
My daughter is tall (5'10") and slim with blonde hair and medium skin tones - though she does spend the summer very tanned. After perusing this site and others, I'm drawn to the Freshadama from PearlParadise or Elite from PurePearls freshwater pearls. Is there any significant difference between the quality of these two companies and these two gem-quality pearls? I was thinking of the 7-8 mm. with a rose overcast in an 18" length as a sort of all-purpose size/length. Do you think this would work? Also considering matching 8-9 mm earrings in either the Freshadama or Elite.
I'm thinking that these gem quality freshwaters might be a better choice than the Akoyas since from what I understand they will last longer - and she does tend to be sentimental. I think she'd want to be able to use them for many years.
Please let me know your thoughts/suggestions. Thanks for your help!