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    Rare Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Marianne's Avatar
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    Default It's not just eBay...

    While doing a search last night, this came up. Anyone interested in dropping $1,600?

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/2548292..._home_active_2

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    Oh, my

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    Clearly dyed freshwater pearls. And not especially nice ones.

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    I like the fact that they are all 'Estate' sales with no returns. That dyed freshwater being sold as Tahitian .. disgraceful. That should be reported to ETSY.

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    A lot of people who don't know better (and undoubtedly some who do know better) erroneously use "natural" to mean not imitation, instead of not cultured.

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    This seller says they have a brick and mortar store. "We are certified appraisers for all fine jewelry. Our certified appraisals are accepted by all insurance companies. We have been writing appraisals for the FBI and DEA for over 35 years."
    Several of their other pearl listings are also, um… not as advertised .

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    A lot of those "estate" bracelets look strangely similar, with identical clasps, too...
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    I'm sure we have had posts before about their products. They 'appraise and value ' their own stock. So basically they can say whatever they want and call it certified. I sent ETSY a note and referred them to this thread. I don't think it will make any difference. Might help if others sent them a note as well.

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    Well...a lot of vendors appraise and value their own stock... just saying. The value of the appraisal is entirely dependent on the integrity and knowledge of the vendor.

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    Good point PD - I wasn't intending to impugn the practice - just this seller's use of it. If they were amateurs I'd understand that they might just take the word of the person that sold it to them.. but as long as they have been in business..advising the FBI... etc etc They should be able to recognise real Tahitians.

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    "We are certified appraisers for all fine jewelry." <--- Doesn't that scare you? People who consider themselves "professionals" in their field and not having a clue what a real Tahitian pearl necklace looks like, or a natural pearl vs a cultured pearl. These people are probably the ones looking at the cheap pearl party pearl and saying it is worth hundreds. I wish I could sell them some stuff... I have water front property in Arizona.

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    It's obvious that these are dyed freshwater pearls. And they don't even look nice. I just hope, no one buys it.

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    How can they justify that price tag for those freshwater pearls?.
    I hope no one buys them thinking they are genuine Tahitians.
    You would hope if someone was going to drop that amount of money, they would do their research first
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    There is no way they can justify their price tag. It is fraudulent advertising. They also have a double strand of heavily ringed white freshwaters ($20 value at most) on a 14K clasp and are asking more than $1,200. They are advertised as "vintage". Does 10, possibly 18 years make an item vintage?

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