Page 1 of 14 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 209
  1. #1

    Default Show us your Tahitians

    In another thread there was a discussionthat Tahitians are hard to buy online as it is often difficult to estimate what kind of pearls will be getting based on the 'glamour photos' from the vendors's sites. It would be great to put together some examples how different pearls look in real life together with the vendors pictures. Hopefully over the time this would help to gain a better understanding for those of us not used to online purchases.

    It would be great to structure the post along some points such as:
    - vendor
    - sellers photos
    - own ' real life' photos
    - description of discrepancies, if any

  2. #2

    Default

    To start this thread, I am happy to post comparison photos of my Tahitian necklace.

    Purchased from local vendor. Please find below vendors photos

    Name:  image.jpg
Views: 2021
Size:  16.2 KB

    Name:  image.jpg
Views: 1958
Size:  10.6 KB

    Name:  image.jpg
Views: 1985
Size:  14.0 KB

    Own photos : https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...934#post102934

    Did I get the right impression from vendors photos: mostly yes. If I would be paying significant amount, they would have been too blurry to make a buying decision.
    Probably the photos were photoshoped as it is less multicoloured than it looked from the photos.

    As I paid just above the retail price of the gold clasp (won an Ebay auction), I did not care at all
    Last edited by Dizzie; 03-14-2013 at 01:30 PM.

  3. #3
    New Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Posts
    12

    Default

    Here's a pendant I bought from a local jewelry shop. it is a drop shaped tahitian pearl with 13mm diameter, set in Pt900 with a small diamond.Name:  Pearl-Tahitian necklace on box.jpg
Views: 2091
Size:  23.3 KB
    The rainbow effect is not as obvious as your pearls. That's why I can afford to purchase it

  4. #4
    Pearl Scholar Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert pattye's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    11,250

    Default

    Dizzie, Fun seeing more pics of your gorgeous "bargain" Tahitians!

    WallaceL, That is a big, beautiful pendant! Sharp reflection=high quality! Love the cap, too! Your pearl looks rather blue, which is more rare than green tones. Is it blueish in person?
    Pattye


    PatriciaSaabDesigns.etsy.com

    facebook.com/PatriciaSaabDesigns

    SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

  5. #5
    Baroque Pearl Senior Guide Member imanit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Montreal, Canada
    Posts
    458

    Default

    My turn to show pearls that I got:
    two bracelets from PP. Glamour shots and my picture of them
    Name:  1 (2).jpg
Views: 1947
Size:  73.7 KBName:  1 (3).jpg
Views: 1914
Size:  71.7 KBName:  1 (4).jpg
Views: 1839
Size:  27.0 KB

    another gem stand, again: seller's shot and mine of strands I made from PP bracelets and this one:
    Name:  9.6-10.2.jpg
Views: 1819
Size:  25.3 KBName:  1 (1).jpg
Views: 1804
Size:  32.8 KB
    my picture does not give them justice.

    drops: same scenario: sellers photo and mine
    Name:  2 (2).jpg
Views: 1851
Size:  18.6 KBName:  2 (1).jpg
Views: 1964
Size:  29.8 KB

    For remaining: just sellers photos. Those pearls look like that in "real life"
    Name:  3 (2).jpg
Views: 1867
Size:  15.3 KBName:  3 (1).jpg
Views: 1899
Size:  13.0 KBName:  L1210302.jpg
Views: 1850
Size:  12.8 KB

    Kamokas: I never saw then this pink. They show nice peacock in real life, Not better than the pearls in stud earrings above.
    Name:  mine kAMOKA peacock  2147.jpg
Views: 2015
Size:  9.8 KB

    I always save seller's pictures and compare them with pearls I receive. They NEVER look as delicious as on pictures, but I NEVER yet got pearls that I did not expected.Often they are better than what I imagined they will be like. One kind of learns with time to "read" the photo and "knows" what will they look like in hand..

    Enjoy...
    Ivona

  6. #6
    Pearl Scholar Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert pattye's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    11,250

    Default

    Wow, Ivona, I always drool over your pearls, same again this afternoon! What you said, about learning to "read" the photo is certainly true. I'm wishing now I had the sellers photos, but my pearls were purchased 7 years ago or so, and I didn't think of saving them. but eventually I'll post some photos.
    Pattye


    PatriciaSaabDesigns.etsy.com

    facebook.com/PatriciaSaabDesigns

    SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----

  7. #7

    Default

    Ivona, thank you, I am pretty sure I would have "misread" the pictures. This is highly informative. And, it goes without saying, you have some exquisite pearls.

  8. #8
    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert lilliefuzzysocks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    1,131

    Default

    Cherry Tahitian strands from Pearl Paradise. Stud earrings from Kamoka Pearl farm and The Pearl Source. Additional large pearl to add into my strand, Josh at Kamoka pearl farm. My photos on the neckform at home and glamor shots from the light box at Pearl Paradise. I took the strands apart and put all the large pearls in one strand graduating to the back. The rest are a choker I sometimes wear with it.
    Name:  DSCF9258_edited-1.jpg
Views: 1964
Size:  22.8 KBATTACH]21925[/ATTACH]undefinedName:  cherryTahitiansFromPP.jpg
Views: 1942
Size:  29.1 KB
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Last edited by lilliefuzzysocks; 03-15-2013 at 08:35 PM.

  9. #9
    Baroque Pearl Senior Guide Member imanit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Montreal, Canada
    Posts
    458

    Default

    delicious colors. I almost licked the screen...
    Ivona

  10. #10
    Pearl Maven Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Caitlin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    near Tucson AZ
    Posts
    8,827

    Default

    I don't think a lot of vendors' photos are photoshopped, they are just taken under perfect lighting conditons. I recently saw a really cheap,cheap, cheap Chinese kasumi with a lot of diffent colors, so I got it. When they arrived, they really looked bland in every light- I almost complained, then I put them in a bright northern light and all the colors popped, just like the vendors' photo. But that light is not the usual light people see pearls under -most of the time.

    I have a metallic white necklace from PP that makes me drool in any light, but when I had Angela photo it, it looked even better! Even better than the brightest akoya. My set of Pistachio Tahitians from PP looks the best by candle light or dim lights, the overtones are far less visible in sunlight, though the green body colors are. The skins are flawless, not one divot anywhere, the pearls look like 8-rollers, too. But this was one Jeremy put together as a gift for admin-ing, and I will never get over my amazement. I don't think he could sell them like that, except at Mikimoto-like astronomical prices.

    PP photo:
    Caitlin

    How to hand-knot pearls without a tool

    My avatar is a Sea of Cortez mabe pearl. One of a pair of Mexican handmade earrings.

  11. #11
    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts
    278

    Default

    Caitlin! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Have you another photo or neck shot of that strand?
    Linda.

  12. #12
    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts
    278

    Default Photo comparison

    Name:  DSC06584.jpg
Views: 1930
Size:  14.0 KB
    Name:  photo.JPG
Views: 1955
Size:  32.7 KBName:  DSC06597.jpg
Views: 1962
Size:  22.3 KB
    I like this idea of photo comparisons. I agree that usually the vendor photo looks a little more colourful than the real thing, but I also agree that vendors usually are the most skilled pearl photographers, and I also agree that eventually you learn to compensate for that a bit, and then when you receive your pearls you are happy. Here is my strand; three photos. The earrings are from Sarah at KojimaPearl. They are very green, and yet near the strand they do not look very different, which means my strand has a lot of green in it. This is what I love about pearls; in different lights, I have a seemingly different strand.

  13. #13
    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts
    278

    Default

    Little fuzz socks, Dizzie, Ivona, Wallace; thank you all for your pictures too. They are all beautiful pearls. Those cherry pearls of yours Fuzzy, they are quite exceptional. Whew!

  14. #14

    Default

    I've experienced both the disappointment of ordering Tahitians online and not getting the colors I expected, and the joy of receiving pearls that were even better than the photos. Regarding the former, I can't find the vendor picture right now, but will continue looking (my picture of the strand is below). Here are pictures of one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, a lariat necklace made for me by Pure Pearls. I was lucky enough to get to pick the pearls for the project, and they are even more colorful than these pictures show (the larger pearl has some bright blue that you get a hint of in the vendor pic).
    Attached Images Attached Images    

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    75

    Default

    As an amateur photographer. It's actually quite easy to make the pearls look like the professional photographs. You simply need a photobox. The photobox I use brings out all of the colours in the Tahitian pearls. The photobox eliminates a lot of the shadowing, and illuminates the pearls from all angles.

Similar Threads

  1. My own Tahitians
    By KarinK in forum The Lowly Beaders' Club
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-21-2013, 07:26 AM
  2. My new Tahitians - what do we think?
    By chipahoy in forum Tahitian Pearls
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 12-26-2012, 09:30 AM
  3. JTV Tahitians?
    By lisa c in forum Tahitian Pearls
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 04-17-2012, 02:58 AM
  4. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-01-2011, 01:41 PM
  5. New Tahitians!
    By pearlescence in forum Tahitian Pearls
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 06-16-2009, 06:07 PM