I am very particular about my jewelry and I do not wear costume jewelry¿only the ¿real¿ stuff and mostly from Tiffany¿s. These pearls are VERY nice. Before purchasing anything I always shop around so I know what I am buying. I went to Mikimoto¿s to look at the best so I would know if these were good-they are. Mine were white-rose¿ and almost blemish free (just a few "rough spots" and very small dents which are only noticible when you hold the pearls up and examine them closely--not while wearing them) . The luster is very good too. I was surprised because I did not expect for the pearls to be so beautiful ¿I expected to return them and go to Mikimoto and spend 10x as much-but I don¿t have to!! They do NOT look like the pearls I've seen for much more (and for some times more then Mikimoto) in the department store-they were much better. I think this is a great deal.