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    Default A little help would be very much appreciated.

    Hello,

    I am currently researching buying my girlfriend a year anniversary present and have become almost set upon an 18 inch Pearl Necklace as I have seen her admire a couple.

    After a fair bit of research I have began to understand the grading qualities etc and have seen a couple I have thought looked promising.

    I have a budget of about $250-300 and the ones below are ones that I personally have considered, but I really have little to no idea what I'm doing so any advice would be appreciated.
    For reference she is 21, 5,8' , brunette and she does not currently own any pearls . (I read on here that people say different sized pearls for different ages.)

    http://www.amazon.com/6-5-7-0mm-Fres...0179775&sr=1-4
    Having looked at this site for a couple of days and read a few threads I realise a few of you question the authenticity and ethics of this seller and therefore I have become rather confused as to where to proceed.

    http://www.jared.com/en/jaredstore/g....100239.100255 These I can get for $250 as I know a friend who works there, therefore is this a really good deal?

    I did try and use the search functions for : Budget $250 and a couple of other searches but really couldn't seem to find an answer so decided to make my own post. I hope as someone who hasn't posted before I have not overstepped the mark.

    Regards,
    Thomas

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    Congrats on the relationship milestone! Pearls are a wonderful way to celebrate. I would shy away from a chain store or Amazon for this purchase...you will find much higher quality at reasonable prices by the highly respected vendors: Pearl Paradise, Pearls of Joy, and Pure Pearls to name a few. They are all currently running specials with discounts being offered. I suggest you check them out...I have personally purchased from several vendors who regularly post on this site and I can say without a doubt that you will get the most for your budget purchasing from them. If you don't know where to start, try Pearl Paradise...their customer service is excellent. You can give them your price point and ask them to share photos of options. If you are unsure, there are many here who will gladly offer opinions on options. Good luck to you, and let us know what you decide!!

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    I noticed that you are considering freshwater pearls. For the same price and size, you can upgrade to akoya pearls from the vendors frequently mentioned in our threads.
    Last edited by cyndayco; 04-28-2015 at 02:26 AM.

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    I recommend getting her freshwater pearls (FWP) in the 7-8mm range; 7.5-8.0mm is even larger overall.

    1. For one thing, she is fairly tall...6.5-7mm may seem disproportionately small on her.

    We joke about Pearl Shrinkage Syndrome (our way of saying that as time goes on, we become dissatisfied with smaller pearls and want larger ones.) Better to start off a little larger.

    2. You can get more bang for your buck with freshwater pearls than you can with akoya pearls.

    3. FWP can be worn every day. There is no bead inside, so the nacre will never wear through. Akoyas do have a bead inside which makes them less suited for constant wear.


    With your budget in mind, this is the one I suggest:

    7.5-8.0 mm White Freshadama Freshwater Pearl Necklace

    http://www.pearlparadise.com/p-135-7...-necklace.aspx

    The "Freshadama" pearls are earring grade pearls that have been drilled and strung into necklaces. They are very lustrous and nearly round.

    Use the 15% discount code and it will be well within your price range. Spend a bit more and you can get matching studs.



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    A great suggestion!

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    Welcome, Thomas, Pearl Dreams has spelled it out for you perfectly! You will get amazing jewelry for your $$. I agree with the size suggestion also. Please do let us know how it goes. We do recommend that you call PP and let them know you've been discussing your purchase here on the forum. This way you can have any other questions answered by a real person!
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    What a thoughtful gift Thomas!
    "All of our humanity is dependent upon recognising the humanity in others" - Desmond Tutu

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    Well I really appreciate the time taken to reply by everyone! Special thanks to Pearl Dreams!

    I was possibly hoping to spend a little bit less and the 18 inch is $345 + P&P. Unless you believe the 18 inch will be too much? I am unable to find a 7.0-7.5 necklace on the website, are these not regularly available?

    In regards to calling them, we are kind of in a long distance relationship as I actually live in England at the moment so calling could be a slight issue. I would be looking to purchase when I fly over at the end of May, does that website ever have sales on after Mothers day etc?

    Thanks again for all the help, it is sincerely appreciated!

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    Thomas, do you see the 15% off code at the top? With the 15% off it comes to $293.25 for the 18 inches. Shipping is free with the USA but since you are traveling back to the USA in May you could ask them to hold it for you (returns are free for 90 days in case you or she don't like it after all, or find something else. Only custom work is not returnable.)

    If that doesn't work for you, use the Live Chat feature online instead of phoning....I'm sure they can work out something with you. PP are very accommodating. (Jeremy Shepherd who owns Pearl Paradise is actually co-owner of Pearl-Guide along with Kevin Canning of Pearls of Joy.)

    As to the length-- that is another thing. Some people prefer the shorter lengths depending on the necklines they tend to wear. If she tends to wear more closed necklines, 16" may work, if she is slender. 17" is a nice compromise length that often works better for me than the full 18". If she likes more open necklines she may prefer the 18".

    A consideration: You can always shorten an 18" strand if it is too long, but it will be harder to find matching loose pearls to lengthen the shorter necklaces if they do not suit her.

    As you are in the UK, another alternative is this vendor, who is also a member of Pearl-Guide and is in the UK herself and ships free; here are her white freshwater necklaces currently listed:
    http://www.pearlescence.co.uk/index....h/192_24_75_81

    This vendor has a "contact us" link to contact them if you wish to consult with them about any of their products. I don't know for sure but if you don't see exactly what you want she may be able to make something us for you. Ask.

    However, whatever you buy there will need to be declared when you re-enter the USA. There's a generous amount you can import into the USA before paying duties, but if you are bringing other things it could add up. See here for more information on US duties:
    https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...free-exemption

    Another thought if you prefer to keeping costs down is buying a classic pair of earring studs instead of a necklace.
    http://www.pearlparadise.com/c-47-wh...-earrings.aspx
    Unless her ears are very petite I would aim for 8-9mm or 9-10mm. (A consideration-- if she spends a lot of time on the job on the phone, studs can be a problem, unless smaller; dangles may be better.)

    You may also wish to check to see what Pearls of Joy and Pure Pearls have.
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    Thomas, this one is $220, plus you'd get the 15% discount off of that.

    Pearl Paradise is huge and well thought of, so they're a good bet. That price is for the 18 inch AAA. AAA is a tiny step down from their "freshadama" line but it is still very nice. If it were me, I'd rather have the AAA quality and a bit larger pearls. They used to list the pearls like 6-7mm or 7-8mm but then they started making them more specific, and listed by the half-millimeter. There's a noticeable difference between 7-8 and 7.5-8, for example. I don't know why there aren't 7-7.5 listed on the site.

    If you wanted to add the earrings, that would be another $105 minus the 15% discount with the MOM15% code.

    http://www.pearlparadise.com/p-10-75...-earrings.aspx

    http://www.pearlparadise.com/p-22-75...-necklace.aspx

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    Or, I second PD's suggestion of contacting Wendy at Pearlescence in the UK:

    http://www.pearlescence.co.uk/index....h/192_24_75_81

    With Mother's Day coming up, I'd worry they may sell out and go ahead and get them. You can use the pop up chat function on the site if you go with PP, and if you want, they'll email you a few photos to choose from. I have no idea if they'd hold them for you if you paid for them. Otherwise, I guess you could have them sent to your girlfriend with strict orders that she can't open the package! They have a very generous return policy, 2 or 3 months. And no, I don't work for any of these companies, lol. I just like to shop at them a little too much!

    Good luck!

    P.S. If you're not used to buying jewelry, they'll also ask if you want the clasp to be white gold or yellow gold? (I'd go with whatever color metal you usually see her wearing).
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    That's a good point, Sea Urchin. AAA are a tad less round and lustrous than the Freshadamas, but if you are not comparing side by side it is not so noticeable.

    And let's face it-- if she is a pearl lover she will eventually get more pearls! We didn't stop at just one, did we?

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    The 7mm white strand is the gateway pearl to a dangerous addiction!

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    I see Pearls of Joy has 20% a off sale going on now site wide.
    If you went with earrings I would recommend these-- the luster is amazing, and the price is a no-brainer:

    http://www.pearlsofjoy.com/White-Met...664.html#tab-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Urchin View Post
    Thomas, this one is $220, plus you'd get the 15% discount off of that.

    Pearl Paradise is huge and well thought of, so they're a good bet. That price is for the 18 inch AAA. AAA is a tiny step down from their "freshadama" line but it is still very nice. If it were me, I'd rather have the AAA quality and a bit larger pearls. They used to list the pearls like 6-7mm or 7-8mm but then they started making them more specific, and listed by the half-millimeter. There's a noticeable difference between 7-8 and 7.5-8, for example. I don't know why there aren't 7-7.5 listed on the site.

    If you wanted to add the earrings, that would be another $105 minus the 15% discount with the MOM15% code.

    http://www.pearlparadise.com/p-10-75...-earrings.aspx

    http://www.pearlparadise.com/p-22-75...-necklace.aspx
    This looks fantastic and just what I'm looking for! Thanks again for all the advice and help.
    As someone who has no idea about pearls would I notice the difference between AAA and the freshadama?
    The 18inch one is probably what I'll be looking to order. I'm a little confused as to what I'd speak to them and enquire about now though with all this feedback!

    If I emailed them and asked them to send me photos of a couple of options in this bracket could I upload them here and you advise me as to which is the best or is that not allowed?

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