Hello I am new to this forum and pearls.
Can someone please tell me how to tell whether a strand is genuine Southsea or just a good quality Fresh water? I bought a 'Broom Southsea' strand size 9-11 mm, just recently for $7000. It was a closing-down sale . They are very round and very silverish-white in color , with minimal blemishes and extremely high lustre. I have done the tooth test and rub the pearls against one another, they all pass the tests. The strand also feels cold when I put on my neck. So I am sure they are real pearls. Then I found out the jeweler i bought it from has a bad reputation of being dishonest. I also saw some fresh water pearls which look very similar to mine and started to wonder whether my strand is really South sea? Or just fwp ?
So how can you tell by just looking at them? Is it the weight? Mine is not very heavy. I also got a writtened valuation from the jeweler describing the strand as Broom south
sea pearls for insurance purpose.
Sorry for the long post. I'd appreciate any advice and ideas from you all as I am a bit distressed that I may have wasted the $7000 of my saving. The jeweler has closed down already . Thanks in advanced.