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

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  • #16

    A while ago I bought some AAA NR dark mix as well as som dark clean drops to create a set of earrings and a tin cup for my mom. The 3As were a mixed bag. According to their grading scale, I would only classify 1 out of 7 as 3A in terms of surface and color and that one was definitely drop shape, not NR. None of them had "high" luster. Two of them were in such bad shape surface-wise that I ended up using some Tahitians I had bought secondhand to replace them. The drops and 3 of the 3As were just a medium grey. No overtone or anything. The drops were clean, though, I will give them that. My mom was very pleased with the set, but I could make a necklace out of cat poop and she would love it. I ended up giving her my keshi akoya strand from PP because she wouldn't shut up about how much she loved it every time I wore it and my dad bought her a metallic white strand from PP for Christmas to match and she wears those much more. That was the only order I ever placed with TPH and it was a while ago, so maybe they were just having an off day, but I'm not willng to risk it. I was located in the US at the time and shipping was quite quick, I'll say that.


    • #17
      LVLanghanke, your story sounds very disturbing to me. Jac has all sorts of pearls, but (at least with my orders) I could only thank him for always being consistent and honest with grading. Did you message him upon receiving the order? I mean actually having to discard his 3A graded pearls for surface issues.. that's like thunderstorm to me! Was the situation resolved in any manner?..
      Pearl and opal specialist
      Institute of Gemology of Spain, IGE, Madrid


      • #18
        I did not contact him, no, because honestly, I didn't think to. I generally consider Etsy a risk, so I just kind of accepted it and then closed my account after another bad purchase from a different seller (for something else entirely) made me lose faith. I'm just sticking to self-supported venues from now on unless I feel like taking a chance on eBay every now and again. Looking back, I definitely should have said something. It's far too late now, though. If he's been consistent with you, and all I really see are glowing reviews on PG, I assume he was having an off day.


        • #19
          At least my mom likes the set. And that's what matters most.