Just received this necklace, and I love it. The clasp is tricky (something you need to get the hang of!), and is thin, but still seems rather sturdy. Pearl size is consistent and they look to be about AA grade, meaning they are not totally round (though most people won't be able to tell) and do have blemishes, (some more than others, but nothing that really distracts from its beauty). The color difference is VERY, VERY subtle. I love it, but you may be looking for more marked color differences. I think it's so pretty... will wear it to teach, for special occasions, and to my wedding too. I have looked elsewhere, and for what others offer in terms of overall quality may be better, but the prices also are significantly steeper as well. I literally received this necklace within 48 hours of my order! (It came from NY and I live in NJ). For the price, I'd say go for it. In this case, I feel I got a little more than I paid for. Be realistic, don't expect perfection...but you can expect a really nice necklace at a really nice price. I'm glad I took a chance on this.