I am a long time lurker/first time poster here, and wanted to post my experience working with Amrita at HarmonyPearls.com. Thanks to the wealth of information found on this board, The Pearl Buying Guide and The Pearl Book, I approached Amrita at HarmonyPearls with some questions on several strands that I was interested in. I bombarded her with endless questions about everything possible and to her credit, she replied all of my questions with much patience and very quickly, despite the time difference between us both. Pictures online made it hard to envision what it looks like in real life – moreover, the fact that I have not heard of any reviews of HarmonyPearls before made me nervous about possible returns. After countless emails with Amrita I decided to take a risk and placed my order, trusting her to pick a strand that would meet what I am looking for. She offered to string the strand for me into a necklace at no charge and ship it out the very next day since I have a business trip coming up.
3 days after I placed my order, the necklace arrived. The luster on the pearls was even better than an AAA freshwater necklace that I possessed, and my worries about body color (since online it looked peachy/gold) were unfounded – it was exactly what I had asked for – high luster, white body color with visible rose overtones. To be sure I followed the directions in the books and looked each pearl over with a loupe, under different lighting conditions etc. Suffice to say I am really glad I took the risk! I have posted photos below. It's an AAA 10 mm to 10.5mm white freshwater necklace, with rose overtones.
the green reflected on the pearls is the massive tree in our front lawn