Hi guys. I am new to the site--posting wise. I have been a lurker from time to time. This is such a great community and resource. Thanks for the effort y'all make to educate newbies like me.
Anyway, my wife loves pearls... really loves them!! She has a big birthday coming up and her brother is getting married next month. I would like to do something special for her and I saw her looking online for Golden SS shell pearls to match her dress and shoes she's wearing to the wedding. I have never really considered SS pearls before because the prices are so darn high.
I found a few on ebay that seem "too good to be true." I am smart enough to know the old saying, but one particular vendor have been on ebay for a while and has a really high rating. He has some strands that he is selling for prices that don't see to out of whack from what I have seen from online vendors in the US and then he has a few other strands, smaller MM (9-11 mm range) that look really nice in the pictures (claims to be non-stock) for pretty low prices ($260.00 for a round 10-11mm Golden strand--that looks very clean in the picture). If it's the real deal, I would I want a few opinions before I spend money.
The vendor is xiangmingtan and the strand I was looking at is AAAAA18"10-11mm NATURAL REAL South sea golden pearl necklace 14K. He is located in Hong Kong and has the strand listed for $258.00. (I tried to post a link to the ebay listing, but the forum blocked my post because of the URL).
He has other strands with larger mm pearls that he is selling for prices that I am more accustomed to seeing. I sent him an email to confirm they are real SS pearls and not dyed freshies or shell pearls, which he confirmed. What am I missing here? Does this strand make sense to you?
I would rather not spend ~$250 for shell pearls (although if the clasp is real 14k gold ball clasp as described (not plated or filled)--it wouldn't be the worst that wouldn't be the worst purchase I have made).
Anyway, thanks in advance for your thoughts and advice.