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    Hello,

    Considering buying a pair of expensive pearls from this seller. Asked for a certificate, they said I can obtain it myself after the pearls arrive.
    The seller is in Hong Kong, and said they have farm in Australia:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/182843733574?ul_noapp=true

    On the photo, how can the luster be so high?

  • #2
    Couldn't they be metallic freshwater pearls instead of SS? I have seen photos of metallic FW of 16-17mm ...

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    • #3
      You are right to doubt, I think: this pearl looks more like a white edison pearl, FWP, than a south sea...
      Did you look at @pearlzaustralia edison pearls, on Instagram, their size and lustre are very similar.
      Last edited by ericw; 03-31-2018, 04:56 PM.
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      • #4
        Eric has a point. They could be fw Edisons.

        Are they priced the way you would expect SSP of that shape, size, and quality to be, or are they priced like Edisons?

        If the price is too good to be true....
        Last edited by Pearl Dreams; 03-31-2018, 05:28 PM.

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        • #5
          As for the price, yes the price is what can be expected from a SSP of that quality that they claim it is..

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          • #6
            I would recommend having a look at the other pearls they have in their shop with the accompanying descriptions, I just did and find some inconsistencies related to colour and type of pearl.
            http://www.simplyadorned4u.etsy.com

            https://www.instagram.com/simplyadorned4u/

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            • #7
              Simply adorned is correct-- the seller has multiple listing of naturally colored freshwaters listed as SSP.

              I think you should assume the studs you like are also FWP.

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              • #8
                I also checked out this vendor's shop and many of the listings are shady… at best.

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                • #9
                  I saw them listed fireball and "pink purple" freshies as South Sea pearls. Shame. If they were selling the exact strands, they will do better if listed them as "Edison".
                  https://www.ebay.com/itm/huge-AAAAA-...QAAOSwknJXxrcz
                  https://www.ebay.com/itm/AAAAA-17-12...sAAOSwsW9Y05ml

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                  • #10
                    And the weight is 6.9 grams of each 15.6 and 15.7 pearls...
                    Likely to be the Edisons. From what I learned, the Edisons FW are heavier.

                    Thank you so much, everyone!
                    Last edited by Zowie; 04-01-2018, 12:33 AM.

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                    • #11
                      They do not have a farm in Australia
                      George Ventouras
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                      • #12
                        The seller cannot be trusted. Case in point, these baroque freshwater pearls - https://www.ebay.com/itm/huge-AAAAA-...QAAOSwknJXxrcz
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                        • #13
                          Here's another one of their auctions... selling another ssp with the same exact qualities. And usually, sellers will specify the exact size for a one of a kind item and not be so general as to say 15-16mm.

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                          • #14
                            Good point, Amti. Price difference between 15 and 16mm is usually significant for a true SSP!
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                            • #15
                              I won't buy from this vendor. They sell freshwater pearls but list them as SSP. A strand of dyed freshwater listed as Tahitian pearls. Nope, I won't buy from them.

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