The pearl bug has bitten me hard! After buying a lovely, classic white akoya strand from PP (with help from the PG family), and then the "Periwinkle Perfection" strand and earrings set from the PP tahitian sale (ok, that was a vday gift), I'm now looking for a naturally blue strand. Madama strands are waaaay outside of budget, and it seems there wasn't much "blue" around in HK recently, so I was looking at PP's selection of silver blue baroque akoya strands. With thanks to Kacie at PP, I asked the team there to take pics of the most lustrous/bluest strand they could find in either 8.5-9mm or 9-9.5mm. The pictured strand was the bluest. What do you all think about it? I really appreciate your more expert eyes since I'm still fairly new to the pearl hunt. I also remember reading that smaller sizes tended to be bluer- should I ask them to find the two bluest smaller mm strands and perhaps make a double strand? I don't like smaller than 8mm on me but if doubled, smaller might be ok. Just an idea!