I was heartbroken at the quality of the "pearls". They were not freshwater-it looked like plastic coated beads-and it was obvious. The design of the necklace is very beautiful though. It is a BIG piece-I actually felt a bit overwhelmed even though I knew the dimensions when I ordered it. I'm 5'3"-and not a large person. It would probably be stunning on someone taller. They should reduce the price of this necklace (because of materials) or ensure that the pearls are authentic.