Oh no Pattye! I feel terrible that I recommended Li and she sent you that strand!
She sent me numerous pictures of the strands she had. I asked her which ones were the best in terms of luster and had the least blemishes and she recommended the several that I chose. There are no visible pits on any of the pearls in the strands she sent me.
When I specifically asked her the sizes of each strand many of them were 10.5 to 12.5 and some 10 to 12mm and one 10.5-13.5. The correct sizes of the pearls should have been listed as well as a description of the blemishes. That strand she sent you is not acceptable. So very sorry for this.
I attached a macro pic of the center pearls in my strands. Some pearl dust between the pearls. When I wash any pearls in my hard water the dust forms a crust on the pearls which I remove with a damp cloth. I missed a few. Some uneven ripply texture as I expected but no pits.
Cathy- I will be interested to hear Pattye's opinions on if she thinks the strand is dyed. I could not see any evidence of the pearls being dyed in the strands I received. The drill holes were not darker and I could look inside to see the light colored bead. But Pattye is and expert and I am not so I will defer to her opinion on this.