I have been offered some undocumented, but supposedly genuine Biwa pearls by someone who was formerly in the jewelry supply biz, not anyone here on P-G. Here is a photo, with some of my own fw "rice krispy" pearls on the right.
The pearls are quite inexpensive, and nothing I read in Strack indicates they could not be Biwa's. The luster is quite nice, with some overtones; they are creamier in color than my strand. There are a few pearls on each strand that are obviously dull.
What do you all think? Has anyone seen genuine Biwas like these?
Are they "probably" Biwas? Or just early Chinese FW?
Thanks for your thoughts! Besides how bad these photos are!!