I adore baroque south sea pearls, and am ready to buy a strand, but have hit a (maybe big?) bump in the road. After having read through so much of this great site and learned a lot, I have decided that the South Sea pearl is still what I want and in the silver grey tones. Don't hate me, but I did wander e-bay and found the Allure Collection of Tahitian pearls from what I have come to find out is from the dreaded Pearl Society in China. My question is, I am going for a "look" as I can't (yet!) afford several thousand dollars for these pearls. I understand that you do get what you pay for, but when paying on the order of $300-500 dollars for a 17-18 inch baroque strand, does it matter if the pearls come from Tahiti or another location producing a "Tahitian" south sea pearl? I certainly don't what to pay for fakes, and from some of the threads, it sounds like there are some good ones out there. However, it seems that most of the fakes are freshwater pearls being passed for Tahitian rather that simply fake baroque Tahitian pearls?? From these posts, it sounds like the darker Chinese pearls are likely altered for the color - is that true for the pale grey ones as well? Here are a couple of examples from this seller:
Is there any way to tell on line if these are too good to be true? Thank you so much for any information!