10.0-11.0mm Cultured Freshwater Pearl and 1/10 CT. T.W. Diamond Heart Clasp Necklace in Sterling Silver
Very Poorly Crafted Necklace
I ordered this necklace as a Christmas gift for my wife. She loves pearls, and I thought that a single-strand necklace of pearls this size at the listed price was a great value. The pearls on this necklace, however, are of very poor quality. The majority of the pearls are very noticeably off-round and many of them appeared to have large growths. Every pearl on the necklace had obvious defects. When I took the necklace to a Zales store to return it, the jeweler told me she thought the pearls were actually made up of smaller size pearls that had been welded together - accounting for the tumor-like appearance of many of the pearls on this necklace. I remarked that I thought it was innapropriate that the necklace was not described this way online if this is the way it was constructed, and she agreed.
The sterling silver and diamond clasp is flimsy and has a cheap-looking appearance. The necklace was a good length, but that was probably its only redeeming feature.
I was very glad I could return this necklace for a full refund, and I found my wife a perfect pearl necklace from a different retailer. If you are planning to purchase this necklace (it is currently out-of-stock, but it seems to go in and out of this state as more people return it I suspect) I would advise you to beware!
January 5, 2011