This pearl necklace is worth every penny of it's price. The size of the pearls is just right, and all the pearls are very uniform in size/shape and color which is quite rare for freshwater pearls. A few pearls have a blemish here or there, but it's quite clean otherwise - you definitely can't tell when you wear the pearls. The necklace is very graceful as it hits right at the collar bone. Pearls have a nice weight. The luster isn't fabulous but definitely above average. Again, for the price, it's a rare find on Overstock. I'm sure a necklace of this quality would easily cost $200 or more from a retail jewelry store. Go ahead and buy this necklace as a standard and upgrade later to an akoya pearl necklace when you hit the next major milestone in life, have a bit more money, and want to treat yourself to something really special.