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  • Venturing into eBay

    Ok, I admit that I decided to try my hand at buying pearls on eBay. How did I do on my first attempt?

    14mm by 11m by 11mm
    Slight pink overtones that the photos don't show well.

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    Contemporary Jewelry by Beatriz Fortes
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  • #2
    It looks OK. How do you feel about the quality vs. the price you paid? How do you feel about the seller? Professional or not?

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    • #3
      I paid $15 for it and it is a nice size, so not too bad. The seller's photo showed it in the best possible light, of course, but I expected that. The transaction went smoothly, so no complaints there either.

      I would say it was fun but not something I would do for expensive pearls.
      Contemporary Jewelry by Beatriz Fortes
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      • #4
        What are your plans for the pearl?

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        • #5
          Seems an ok price. Bead nucleated fw? Drilled?
          Pattye


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          • #6
            I am thinking a ring, since it isn't round and won't be too tall (I hate very tall rings). Alternatively, it will become a pendant.

            Pattye, it was sold as SS but yeah, right. It is bead nucleated and undrilled.
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            • #7
              It's pretty! As long as you don't have unrealistic expectations, eBay can be a good place to find things.

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              • #8
                Who was the seller? Are you saying you don't think it is SS, Beatriz? It's a lovely shape.

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                • #9
                  I think for $15.00 you had a bit of fun, and got a pretty, puffy cloud of a pearl ... and you will likely make something wonderful out of it ... win win win
                  Cathy

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                  • #10
                    Well I think it's pretty and the price is ok.. and I know you will find something wonderful to do with it ! Just curious .. you try making an offer if that was an option? I've found that an offer of 30% - 25% less than list is often accepted. My other things from Pearllunar arrived..one more pair of the 11mm white buttons..and they are nice...not at all unhappy for 24$.
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                    • #11
                      Pretty, puffy cloud is a nice description. And, perhaps, a good design starting point.

                      This one was an auction. I bid a little over $15 since that was the general closing bids on similar pearls. It was from Augustus Collection. The photo was pretty accurate, although it didn't show the pinkish overtones well. I guess I just don't trust eBay descriptions much - "unheated sapphire", "untreated ruby", etc. I was probably hasty in my comment and I should have left it out, since I am no expert and it is a serious accusation.
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                      • #12
                        I've admired many a piece on Augustus Collection! There's a strand of mixed color SS keshi they've had for sale for nearly 2 years now ... one of these days, maybe ... Hope you'll show us what you make with your puffy pearly cloud, Beatriz
                        Cathy

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                        • #13
                          I saw those! Droooool.

                          I have so many things on my wish list. I should really stop window shopping online.
                          Contemporary Jewelry by Beatriz Fortes
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                          • #14
                            Window shopping is dangerous ... especially if you happen to be in the PP vault LOL.

                            Augustus Collection has had a number of those strands, but there's one I just adore ... and it's been there forever, sigh ...
                            Cathy

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                            • #15
                              Beatriz, have you been to the Eastern Trade Winds website? I believe it's a "wholesale" or alternate site for Augustus Collection? Some of the same products, but not all. I've never bought from either.
                              Cathy

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