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  • Where can i find decent pearl jewelry... Bare with me....

    I am not in the market for the gorgeous perfect expensive pearl jewelry. (i wish i were) but i am not wasting my time on the $2-5 aliexpress junk. lm rather overwhelmed by the whole search. So much of it is china garbage. Or the same china garbage from aliexpress thats been marked up to make people think "oh for this price it MUST be good"
    I want something in like $25-75 range. with at least a gaurentee of actual REAL silver/gold plated clasps hooks. Etc. Or let me know if my search is impossible.

    I know the pearls will not be perfect. Im ok with that. As long as the pearls are real and the metal is actually what they say it is im happy.
    Earrings bracelets necklaces. And not full pearl strand necklaces. Im not that fancy. I dont think the farm animals will appreciate it as much as they should while i do chores anyway.
    You all should see my laughable "miniature" stone and crystal collection. Its hard to love and collect gorgeous things on a tiny budget.

    Thank you for your time.
    Ive been reading posts on this site for a few weeks and keep learning so much. Finally decided it was time to sign up and ask for help.

  • #2
    There are freshwater pearls at lower price points. Here are a few reliable websites to check out-- not an exhaustive list by any means. If you get on their mailing lists, you will get an email with discount codes for sales. Check out clearance pages also.
    https://www.pearlparadise.com
    http://www.pearlsofjoy.com
    http://www.purepearls.com

    Additionally you may wish to check out Etsy sellers.
    Last edited by Pearl Dreams; 01-20-2017, 12:02 AM.

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    • #3
      Wen pearls on etsy sells some nice, inexpensive freshwater pearls. I'm pretty sure she can set them for you too in sterling silver!

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      • #4
        Nearly all freshwater pearls come from China and, no, they are not all "China junk." They span the range from the cheapos to the glorious.

        One thing that will cut your costs would be to buy the fittings and the pearls and, then, string or glue them yourself. You can find loose pearls from many different vendors, such as pearlescent (Wendy) or Etsy vendors, like Wen Pearls.
        Contemporary Jewelry by Beatriz Fortes
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        • #5
          Another great source for loose pearls is http://www.kojimapearl.com/ Sarah is wonderful to work with. I can also recommend the three Pearl Dreams listed too. All of these sellers have many more pearls than those listed on their websites.

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          • #6
            Tantrum, there are some Etsy vendors (Chinese) who sell decent pearls (Wen Pearl, Kongs Pearl, DIY Pearl). But you have to bear in mind that some of them are on holiday now. It's almost Chinese new year after all.

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            • #7
              May I make a suggestion? You should buy the very best pearl (one or two) you can afford, rather than a larger number of relatively inexpensive ones. Personally, a gorgeous pearl set into a pendant can be dramatic, and beautiful.
              http://www.oceanscovejewelry.com
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              • #8
                Also, the Pearl Outlet (they have a cute silver tin cup bracelet for $49) and Catherine Cardellini- she specializes in baroque freshwater pearls and has some in your price range but she's in Australia.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pareltje View Post
                  Tantrum, there are some Etsy vendors (Chinese) who sell decent pearls (Wen Pearl, Kongs Pearl, DIY Pearl). But you have to bear in mind that some of them are on holiday now. It's almost Chinese new year after all.
                  Can recommend these sellers, as I've made orders with all 3 of them!
                  Wen Pearls has a great selection of strands. If you convo her, she will knot them for you and you can pick a clasp at no extra charge (as long as you don't choose the sterling or gold ones. Sterling ones I think are just $5 anyway)

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                  • #10
                    Since you don't want a full strand - for your budget you could also buy a pair of nice near-rounds tahitians from Jac (thepearlhouse on etsy) and turn them into studs or dangles. Silver findings are cheap and can be bought at bella findings, for example, that would guarantee them to be 100% real
                    The pearls would not be an exact match of course, but if keep a safe distance from multicolour mixes (that are difficult to match) and leave Jac a comment - I'm sure you would be pleased with them And gluing the pre-drilled pearls to pre-manufactured findings is dead easy, one can hardly go wrong there) just mind not to sink it in glue - think of the tiniest amount you would think is needed, then divide this amount by 3 and only then glue

                    I had a series of bad experiences with WenPearls recently, so I honestly would doubt to recommend her right now, probably not for the first purchase at least.
                    Last edited by Lugana; 01-20-2017, 10:51 PM.
                    Pearl and opal specialist
                    Institute of Gemology of Spain, IGE, Madrid
                    www.NoMorePearls.com

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                    • #11
                      Lugana, what happened?
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                      • #12
                        Lady_Disdain, all sort of things, unfortunately.

                        Started with a few items missing from the parcel when I ordered a lot for my market stall. Like I've ordered 100 pearls, and they've put 95 etc. Or I've ordered a bag of 19 pearls, and she put only one pearl in. Irritating, but ok. I'm a nerd - I always count pearls Wen refunded me for the missing items after I complained.

                        Then I've received a few items that didn't correspond to the description or photos at all. Described like "rare 3A high luster" and they didn't even look like pearls - very dull and not worth anything. The photo was either of a different strand or of this one but soaked in oil to imitate the luster. Wen refunded me 50% of its price after some communication.

                        Then Wen suddenly upgraded another parcel from standard delivery to DHL without prior consulting with me, which would mean paying customs for me. OK. She did it for good, probably. She didn't want the parcel to be lost. Ok. You know she first sends it with courier to Hong Kong and only then it's shipped to DHL? Usually this little trip takes a week. Well that suddenly upgraded parcel of mine was travelling somewhere in China with no tracking for over a month. And Wen didn't reply to my messages at all for over 2 weeks (I sent 4 or 5 messages simply asking where are the pearls, no conflict involved or anything). She replied to me after 2 weeks with DHL number, that showed no tracking history for another week ("due to the line of parcels with DHL" as explained Wen). I'm quite a calm person with such things, but I guess someone else could get nervous. The pearls arrived, in 46 days after I placed my order. With DHL they were for 3 days only. Where they were rest of the time - I don't know)) the problem was that I wanted these pearls before the New Year, for presents, and got it long afterwards.

                        She has nice pearls for little projects, but I've decided to stop buying from her at least for a while after all these. Looks like they have too many orders or shortage of stuff was much difference before.
                        Pearl and opal specialist
                        Institute of Gemology of Spain, IGE, Madrid
                        www.NoMorePearls.com

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                        • #13
                          That's a shame to hear, Lugana, but I'm glad you eventually got your orders. I've only ordered once from her and had a mixed experience myself, but I kept my expectations pretty low pearl quality-wise. I think Wen is good for inexpensive pearls for inexpensive projects.
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                          • #14
                            I will say that I have had quality issues with ThePearlHouse. I did not expect anything grand but was still left quite disappointed. Pearlescence is fantastic and I have had good experiences with Wen, but have only made two purchases. PP is great for finished pieces, and they stick by their return policy.

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                            • #15
                              MSC, well, I did score some great items with Wen, but it's more like a lottery with her - sometimes you expect a great item by the photos and it's just average in its best in real life. I also wanted to gift her a proper ruler, because quite often 15mm pearls turned out to be 13.7mm, for example but well. You are right, her prices make big allowance to lower one's expectations) I don't discourage from buying from Wen, just warning a first-time buyer that it might be not very smooth)

                              Originally posted by LVLanghanke View Post
                              I will say that I have had quality issues with ThePearlHouse.
                              Oh dear. Tell us more please?..
                              Pearl and opal specialist
                              Institute of Gemology of Spain, IGE, Madrid
                              www.NoMorePearls.com

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