- Aug 19, 2021
I have been working with this EBay seller who admits he does not know if these are genuine Tahitian Pearls. I'm guess "No" but need other input from experts. Please let me know what you think.
They said they would prefer to take them to local jewelers to get them checked out before sending. They don't feel comfortable with "returns" as they have heard stories about people swapping out sets and returning fakes. I don't trust traditional jewelers as they often mistake pearls. Here is the EBay link...not sure if you can see the pictures. They are off-round, mostly and there are also tiny divits in several of the pearls.
In the description below the clasp was excluded. He also stated that when I reached out before the auction ended. If they indeed had the clasp described that lends credence to the possibility they are real.I checked the listing but see that it has already sold. I suppose you are the winner of the auction?
If they are real then you got quite a good deal. If not, then I suppose you can file a "not as described" claim.
It bothers me that he mentioned an 18K diamond ball clasp in the title, and only stated the clasp was missing in the description.
Thanks for the advice...and to the seller's defense, other than the main listing determination, he messaged me that he wasn't sure if they were real or not.The colors do not seem right and in the photos the surface seems a bit grainy.
The time to have taken them to his jeweler was before listing them. Sorry, I smell a fish. I would not pay.
All excellent points and great advice. You were really helpful!!!1. A seller can decide not to send, no matter if you have paid or not. He can easily refund and cancel the sale. Paying does not protect you.
2. The fact that he stated he is aware of stories that people swap out /return fakes means if you do return them, he could claim that you returned fakes, which could make it harder for you to claim "not as described."
3. He can claim he took them to a jeweler to be authenticated, but will he prove that he did so?
4. Sorry but absent paperwork (original sale receipt) showing the clasp originally had an 18K diamond clasp, you only have his word. If he doesn't have the clasp how does he know what it was? If he has it why would he not include it in the listing?
I would not pay yet. Let him take them to a jeweler and let him show you the letter from the jeweler, on letterhead, that they are real. I don't think he will do it. An appraisal would cost him money.
Are you prepared to risk losing your purchase money? If not, don't pay yet.
*off to cut my hair, will come back to thread later.*
I think it's called "burr" and it's where the post that was sticking into the "pearl", and it's used to dip the bead into the "secret pearl sauce"It seems to me the plastic coating has piled up around the drill holes. That doesn't look like regular drill holes in real pearls at all. A drill hole might hide a blemish but blemishes don't look like that and you certainly don't find two blemishes that seem identical.
I bet the listing will be going up again soon to try to catch someone asking fewer questions.
I think it's called "burr" and it's where the post that was sticking into the "pearl", and it's used to dip the bead into the "secret pearl sauce"