These are uniform in size, nicely strung (property knotted), and attractive for daily wear in the 8-8.5 mm size. One of the pearls on my string has a slight flaw, which isn't too noticeable, but that pearl should not have been chosen to be in the center-front of the necklace. This arrived in an elaborate presentation box, but because there was no padding inside that box the pearls were bashing against each other during shipment! Not good. Be aware that the color is so dark that these look like onyx or maybe hematite. I like them, but I would have preferred a little more luster.
Bought this for our daughter's college graduation. Shipping was fast and the price was excellent (bought this on a promotion). The pearls are beautiful and consistent in size and well-strung.
Here's what happened: the USPS messed up my original order and sent it to the wrong zip code. When I received USPS tracking notification that it was "undeliverable as addressed and being returned to sender", I contacted Overstock customer service who immediately sent out a replacement. Lo and behold, two days later USPS corrected its own mistake and delivered the original order. But the quality of the pearls left much to be desired: on the small side of 5 mm, unseemly luster and so lightweight you'd think they're fake. In other words, definitely NOT AAA quality. Plus the strand was 19" instead of the 18" I ordered. Fortunately I received the replacement order yet 3 days later. Surprise! The pearls are slightly larger, have proper luster, are considerably heavier in weight, and 18" as I had ordered. In fact, holding the two necklaces side by side, you'd never guess they're (supposedly) the same product. You might even think that somebody had done a "bait and switch" on one... SO, previous reviewers with positive and negative opinions were both correct: depending on the proverbial luck of the draw, you may get a necklace that's a dog (well not literally), or one that fits the description and is acceptable. Yes the 5-5.5mm size is still on the small side, but I wanted it smaller because my 17-inch 7mm natural pearl necklace – a gift from my mother many years ago upon my engagement – is simply too heavy for me to wear on a regular basis. But at least it gave me something wonderful to compare with...
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