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    Default Please help me confirm identity. Thanks!

    Would you wonderful people tell me if you think this strand is south sea, or freshwater pearls, please? One is with a flash & one is without. Thank you so much! Name:  F5990865-D185-49EA-B05C-001A9F442A1B.jpg
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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Marianne's Avatar
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    The size and shape read fresh water to me. Pretty pearls

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    Agree with Marianne; are your pearls about 7-8mm? Enjoy!
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    They look like freshwater to me also. I hope the seller didn't tell you they were South Sea.

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    I agree also, freshwaters.

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    They are actually 12-14mm. And the stand is 38”. I purchased them from from eBay (I know!) The seller was from Hong Kong. And yes, he/she claimed they were “south sea” pearls. Although I suspected through the entire process these would be freshwater pearls, I decided to make the purchase. The price was very good for freshwater. $1200. The seller also had good feedback.

    I know there are many sellers on eBay who claim “south sea” pearls, and really sell something else. Shell pearls, etc.

    But I am wondering if there may be something that gets lost in translation with “south sea” and freshwater” or Edison pearls? I feel that this seller was being honest. I messaged them and told them these were not “south sea” but freshwater. They did not immediately offer a discount, or money back & keep the pearls. They instead offered to send me free postage to return the pearls for an immediate refund.

    Anyhow since I was expecting freshwater in the beginning, with a very slight hope they might be south sea, haha! I am pleased. They are very nice quality freshwater pearls for a good price.

    Thanks for the confirmation!

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    Is the seller a.u.pearl by any chance? He has various multicolored (typical FW colors) pearls listed as south sea.

    A useful trick, when in doubt, is to check a seller's other listings for inaccuracies.

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    They are actually 12-14mm. And the stand is 38”.
    Thank you for clarifying the size and length! My estimate was based on 18 inch necklace, lol. Really pretty rope, enjoy!

    IMO, sellers know exactly what they are doing when they use incorrect terminology to get their listing found in search.
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    38 inches? Wow, it doesn't look that long to me, but I was also thinking the pearls were much, much smaller than they actually are, so I had the scale wrong.

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    I’m sorry. I miss-typed. 35”. I’ll post a picture with my measuring tape and a quarter so you can see.

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    Nice necklace!
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    The seller was Xiangmingtan.
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    Here is a multicolored round FWP strand being sold by your seller xiangmingtan as SSP:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/AAAAA-round...gAAOxyFbpR5~K-

    FWP flameballs being sold as SSP:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/AAAAA-RARE-...oAAOSw9NdXpxt-

    Their "Tahitians" aren't Tahitians, and their "Golden South Sea" aren't GSS. Just dyed FWP.
    At least the multicolored FWP are a natural color.

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    Hello,
    I had a look also at this sellers listings
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/AAAAA-LUSTE...item4b139de56c
    Listed as “AAAAA LUSTER 17" rare huge 30mm natural south sea baroque black pearl necklace” for $380usd...are dyed cfwp

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/round-AAAAA...item4b250b2ab6
    Listed as “round AAAAA Luster 17"12-13mm real Natural south sea black pearl necklace 14k” for $750...look to me like faux shell pearls
    Just my thoughts

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    Like I said, I was fairly sure going in I was getting freshwater pearls. And for the price, size and length of this strand, I am happy with them. I know they are not as advertised. But I still got what I expected.

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