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    While generally not a rule...lately I am finding it seems to be a big problem with non-mikimoto boutique "T" strands for some odd reason. I've been to the BH, CM and LV. My last real "inspection" however was sat a store in Puerto Rico. In BH (not the boutique) I saw a 2nd hand strand and what I would call deep cherry all the same color super well matched and I can't imagine how long it took to complete that, it was also untouchable, LOL.

    and to try and sorta get back on topic...my favorite "T"s are what I call super circled, most people have no clue what they are, and I kinda like that.

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    I've seen Mikimoto Tahitians at Nordstrom that had no visible overtones in the store lighting. They were quite uniform. They certainly weren't low quality, but they didn't appeal to me at all, and I think you would not have cared for them either.

    If buying online, when you see a strand you like, ask the vendor for photos in varied light conditions. Not just the glamour shots/ studio light shots.
    And only buy from vendors that accept returns, because the ultimate test is how the pearls look on your skin, in the lighting conditions where you live, and with the kind of clothes you like to wear. Yes, the clothes you wear will affect how your pearls look-- some colors make the pearls pop, others not!

    Don't forget, many vendors have pearls in stock that are not currently on their websites. So you could also just contact the vendor, describe what you are looking for, and see what they come up with. Inquiring doesn't obligate you to buy.
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    No, Midge said, I take it back. I wouldnt get a mink coat the first thing. Know what Id do? Id get a string of pearls. Real pearls. Yes, Annabel said, slowly. I think thats a kind of a good idea. And it would make sense, too. Because you can wear pearls with anything.

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    There are so many factors to consider. I recently saw some "battleship gray" Tahitians that had really beautiful reflective qualities due to their lustre and perfect shape.
    The real test is how they look against your skin, not how they look in the box. Tahitians come to life when worn.
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    I'm sure, Ennui. Grey is actually one of my favorite colors. However, when I say battleship grey, I mean flat, no luster. Think of battleships - no luster at all.
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    If luster is the issue and not overtones, then you should be able to get lustrous gray pearls without too much difficulty.

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    Thanks PD. I need overtones and circles, also, though. The strand you posted before has been haunting my thoughts all day, btw.

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    Ah, I too love the combination of luster + overtones + circles...as you can see. *sigh*

    Of all my Tahitians the Rikiteas have the highest luster.

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