Hi all I'm new here and very new to pearls.
I bought a lovely vintage/antique pearl necklace clasp comprising of eight small seed pearls surrounding a eight sided cut garnet, it measures 8mm diameter. My problem is b=getting a nice string of pearls to get this made into a choker. I have looked on ebay but either miss out or end up with faux pearls or very poor quality, i haven't paid full price so haven't really lost out. And the one or two I have bought are wearable as costume jewelery. But I can't afford to keep going down that route!
So as a complete newby to the forum and to pearls I was wondering if anyone has any info which could help me. I would like a traditional classic choker which could be worn with either pearls or clasp forward. I was hoping to get a vintage rope of pearls as the clasp is vintage but am very wary as the only way I know to get such is by bidding on ebay and I don't have money to spend inordinate amounts or to lose.
I found a pearl wholesaler called WSPearls.com but couldn't find any reviews, so have been wary to buy.
Obviously I am willing to save up to get the best I can but am at a loss how to go about it as yet.
Thanks for any help.