I would like to start this post the way that most newcomers do...by thanking all of those that share their knowledge and enthusiasm for pearls on this site! In the new digital age of non-traditional retailers, misleading information on supplier sites and shorter Mark-Up, PG has made it extremely easy to become well-versed in pearls in only a matter of days.
With that being said, I am working on an Anniversary Gift and have definitely decided on pearls for this occasion. I have been in contact with several of the vendors that participate on this forum and I have run into some decision roadblocks.
I originally was going to segment my purchase into two disctinct pearl sets (at least in my mind):
AAA Akoya Pearl Set
1 - A 'AAA' Akoya will exhibit an extreme amount of metallic looking luster.
2 - This metallic luster will provide a much more formal feeling
3 - Purchasing Silver overtone Akoya's w/ white gold clasps and studs will provide a flexible and highly metallic pearl set for more formal events.
4 - The nacre is thinner, particularly on the 6-6.5mm sets, since the nucleus is bead based. These pearls may not last as long, non-inhertiance longevity quality.
1 - Gem Quality CFWP will have less luster on average than a 'AAA' Akoya, but should have more orient as they are pure nacre.
2 - The naturally softer luster will be less formal and could provide an everyday wear solution.
3 - Purchasing Rose overtone CFWP will maximize the orient
4 - Since these are full nacre pearls they should last a really long time.
After speaking with several vendors it seems that I may have missed something in my flow of logic: 6.0-6.5mm Akoya's will look really small on a young woman.
This is where my thoughts have detoured :
1 - I need to have a high quality set of White Cultured Pearls. I don't think that Hanadama's fit in my budget (unless some vendors really squeeze their margins for me ), moving up the AAA Akoya Set to a larger size dramatically affects the price model and doesn't make sense when Freshadama/Freshwater Elites are much more affordable although they are sans the metallic luster which is how I was segmenting my original purchase. I know the orient of Gem Quality CFWP is better in the rose overtones, but Elizabeth has a northern Italian olive complextion that tan's to a golden-olive and silver would probably work best. Any thoughts?
2. If I go with a single set of Gem-Quality CFWP, what does everyone think about possibly differentiating another 'set' of Tahitians? I am looking for something more casual like these:
I'm sorry there are so many links, but who wants to go shopping!
Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.