Clearly, the charcoal background is doing nothing to show the luster of the Macy's pearls. And Macy's will not be able to send additional photos. I'd recommend calling Pearl Paradise, as they may have items not on their website~this is almost always the case. Your budget will go further at PP, too! They are able to take more photos for you. Yes, it's my impression there can be more blemishes on golden SS. Go for pearls with high luster; it will make any little blems less noticeable. Good luck with your shopping and let us see what you decide on!