They look more fake than fake pearls. Color looks like its been coated on. The usual blemishes one'd expect in freshwater pearl's are more like scratches made by some pointy tools like nails and scratched on. I was not expecting great quality for the price but this is just ridiculous.
I actually got this as a gift for a friend of mine but the color was so rich and the pearls were so nice, I wished I had gotten one for myself. I probably will but in a different color as my friend wears hers all the time.This is an excellent buy!