I can't believe that post was almost 5 years ago, BPD. (I also can't believe I have been on here 10 years come September.)

This has to have been the goal of the Chinese all along: producing truly round FWP -- including large ones-- in shorter periods of time. It makes sense to put a bead inside, and yet...I do love the idea of a solid nacre pearl, even if it's not perfectly round. Most natural pearls are not round, after all.