Pearl Paradise’s photos suck. That pair doesn’t look matched in that photo, but it looks like the lighting is also not even… Can they take some more photos for you? Ask for pics on skin and in sunlight, too.
The nice thing about PP compared to other vendors is that returns are free, too. So you can always buy and return if your heart isn’t in itThank you! Your pictures are clear, but your received photos from PP are so much more clear than the ones I got. They look so dull compared to the ones I photographed at MM, and I am having trouble getting excited. I asked for more options and more views.
The nice thing about PP compared to other vendors is that returns are free, too. So you can always buy and return if your heart isn’t in it
Please share any other pictures they send you! I’m also not terribly impressed with the ones you were sent, to be honest, I’m just not 100% on that being the pearls vs. lighting.
I would agree that top left are more lustrous than bottom left, and top right are more lustrous than bottom right… What an odd way to take the photos though…
Can you have her compare top left and top right? But for each pair of pearls, put the two pearls side by side. Like the layout on the right.
Don’t! At all!! That’s literally what they’re there for!!I feel so rude for asking for so many photos and then not buying, but I’m just not in love with what I’m seeing.
That's excellent about your daughter, Tourmaline. You must be so proud!
Freshadama is Pearl Paradise's name for their top grade of freshwater pearls, nothing to do with Edison pearls. Edison pearls are relatively new and are a brand name of freshwater bead nucleated pearls. Before that, only saltwater pearl shells could be bead nucleated (having a round bead implanted in the shell, with the pearl's nacre then growing around the inserted bead to produce a pearl). Freshwater pearls were off-round at best because they did not start with a round bead implanted in the shell but were formed of pure nacre.
Now bead nucleated pearls (Edison and other brands now) can be produced with freshwater pearls too. So now freshwater pearls can be far larger and rounder than they used to be.
All Edison pearls aren't metallic, though. The pairs in my picture are called "metallic" because of their fabulous, metallic looking luster.
South Sea pearls typically have more of a satin-y finish, not metallic. Akoya pearls typically have a much sharper luster than South Sea pearls but don't grow all that large. Metallic Edisons are the best of both worlds as far as luster and size, and at a lower price point. You have to look around for them though; they're not always available.
@seaurchin Gow do you think these would be in person? Not super high luster?
Perfectly round, large and lustrous, this is a statement strand of pearls. Available only in the past few years, Edison pearls represent a recent innovation in the freshwater pearl category. Instead of growing these pearls with a tissue-graft like all other freshwater pearls, an implant is used...www.pearlparadise.com
Here's one pair of studs, from Wendy at Pearlescence. She's in the UK but I've bought from her a couple of times and I'm in the US. She is on here and very nice to work with.
I’m set on drop earrings, as opposed to studs, so if they’re already made into studs, they won’t work for me.
Oh okay. It's easy to have them converted though. In fact, I bought some drop-shaped pearl earrings and matching strand from Wendy not too long ago and then sent the earrings to PP to be re-set with earring settings that I liked better. But then the cost and effort of that would have to work out for you too.
Do you especially want round pearl dangle earrings or are you considering drop-shaped pearls too? I like drops because to me, they have an elegant look and they also tend to be more bang for the buck. Drops tend to cost less than perfect rounds in the first place and they look larger as well because they're measured width wise, not length wise.
Also, if you decided to return this particular pair, it would be to England so that's something to consider too.
I don't see any more right now but you could go to the approved pearl vendors stickie that's around here somewhere and shoot them all an email if you want. They usually have a lot more than just what's listed on their sites.
Thanks. I definitely want round. And it’s ok to spend several thousand dollars on them if I love them. I just don’t want to spend that much and not love them. I’m really not into returning things. I wish I could justify paying double for Mikimoto. They are so beautiful.
Why not check out Paspaley? If you want best of the best WSS, that is Paspaley, not Miki. Miki is the akoya top dog, but not for WSS. Paspaley is that. Paspaley won't steer you wrong for top of the line WSS. Miki doesn't get anywhere near the quality of WSS that Paspaley gets.