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  • Freshwater pearls in TJMaxx

    Has anyone seen the pearls sold in TJMaxx? I saw acouple of necklaces and earrings and the i was amazed at how big they were.

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    I have seen them, but last year I bought a Lucoral brand strand marked "cultured pearls" on the Lucoral label, and "Freshwater pearls" on the T J Maxx label, which turned out to be imitations when I looked at them with a loupe and did the rubbing-together test. I returned them as I decided they were too heavy, even if they were a reasonable price for their size and appearance.

    Two weeks ago at T J Maxx I saw another Lucoral strand. These were about 14mm, obviously imitations (not a very good coating) and marked $24.99. I asked to try them on, with no intention to buy, and the (young) salesgirl proceeded to tell me that they were "mother of pearl".

    I explained to her that they were actually imitation pearls, very reasonably priced, which may have a shell bead inside under the coating, but that that didn't make them mother of pearl beads. I went on to explain a bit about mother of pearl, and about what Lucoral sells, but I could see from her expression that she was thinking, "I'll just keep quiet and tolerate this ignorant customer until she goes away" -- so I left!

    Buyer beware at T. J. Maxx!

    They are also selling real ripple type FWP (bead- nucleated), but they are poor quality with large bare spots, and not cheap.

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    • #3
      That is sad, but kind of funny too. I usually stop with the "pearl education" when their smile freezes and the eyes begin to glaze over

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      • #4
        TJ's varies depending on the type...Runway stores usually have a much higher end collection in their stores than regular TJs. I have purchased Michele watches, designer jewelry (in 18k gold) and designer handbags at Runway TJs. That said, I prefer Nordstrom Rack and Off Fifth for their jewelry selections.
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        • #5
          That's funny Marianne I am guilty of doing the same. I can't shop in jewelry stores anymore, I'm impossible to bs these days and the clerks get that "deer in the headlights" look when I tell them what they're actually trying to sell.
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          • #6
            I too have seen TJ Maxx fresh water pearls =I saw a fireball neckace and coin necklace -all under $80. Quality not so great.

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            • #7
              I was in Barneys in California earlier this year and saw grass green freshwater potato pearls, 50inches, for $1400 USD .... ugh
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              • #8
                Katbran - That's an unbelievably wrong price for dyed fwps! Yikes!

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                • #9
                  I know right ????
                  I won't mention the very white, barrel shaped, suspiciously freshwater looking $8000 "Tahitians" .... who knows..maybe they were a strand of white Tahitians...
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                  • #10
                    Rare albino Tahitians~what, you've never heard of them?
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                    • #11
                      LOL Well I know that white ones exist..but I didn't expect to see a whole strands of them at 14mm, very ringed ... very odd ... But..it's Barneys ... so they must be worth the big bucks !
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                      • #12
                        Wow.
                        I mean, Wow.
                        Wow.
                        Originally posted by Katbran View Post
                        I was in Barneys in California earlier this year and saw grass green freshwater potato pearls, 50inches, for $1400 USD .... ugh
                        Narcissa*
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