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  • #16
    I guess at this point I'm curious if my parents got taken advantage of, or if they just got a decent deal on some freshwaters.

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    • #17
      SSP are much costlier than FWP. If they paid a fair price for FWP, then likely that is what they got. Vendors cannot make money by underpricing valuable pearls.

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      • #18
        Great photos. The price would be much higher if they were SSPs.

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        • #19
          Pearl Dreams and GemGeek, thank you so much for your help. I appreciate your willingness to share your valuable knowledge of pearls with me. You guys are great!

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          • #20
            Why was there such a big difference in price between the pearls? I really couldn't tell much of a difference in quality from your photos, can you see a difference in quality between the graduated strand and the other two strands?

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            • #21
              I always feel bad whenever I read threads like this. I wince inwardly as I live in the Philippines and in no way trust most pearl vendors in Greenhills. Sad to say, a lot are willing to take advantage of foreigners who especially are not very familiar with pearls.

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              • #22
                You have two kinds of pearls in your photos. I see two strands of freshwater pearls and one strand of commercial grade South Sea pearls. If you were told they are all South Sea, that isn't true. But one strand does appear to be.
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                • #23
                  The last photos were helpful..I was thinking the silvery strand looks more like WSS and I suppose at a retail price of 850 it's not the end of the world. They didn't get a bargain.. but they didn't get terribly overcharged The other strands...again Freshwater and the price ... I suppose you'd pay that much in a store.. or dress shop.. So it's not a terrible result - did they overpay..yes a bit...but again..not too bad.
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                  • #24
                    It does look like one of your strands is SSP. The fish bites and nacre is similar to what I've seen at Greenhills for SSP. I buy at Greenhills quite often. Only with 2-3 trusted vendors. I've also brought a few to a gemologist to verify if I plan to use a new vendor. IMHO depending on the harvest and what they get at auction, the SSP strand that you have would currently retail in that range ($700-$800) for that size and quality. For example, 10-11mm whites very good quality currently asking price is $3-4K and I bid down. Also I just did a big order within last two weeks. 9-10mm good quality FW asking price approx $80-100. So 8-9mm good quality (almost all round, no lines/striads/high luster) asking approx $60. All prices I negotiate down. I would say two at $185 they did ok but there was room to go lower.
                    Last edited by mvpearl; 04-06-2017, 01:33 PM. Reason: adding on

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                    • #25
                      Wish I knew but they are very pretty!

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