Originally, I only purchased one of the multicolor pearl necklaces. I was planning to order them for all of my bridesmaids, but wanted to see one first. The first one I received was gorgeous and I had a hard time telling myself I couldn't keep it for me! :) I went ahead and ordered the bulk 3-pack to make a total of four which is what I needed. All of them are beautiful and are the same length, size, etc. I was happy to see that the colors of the pearls were the same and you could not tell from just looking at them that they were ordered separately. The pearl color is very pretty and feminine. One small difference noted while examining -- The one I ordered as a single item has the pearls strung on a purple thread, while the bulk ones are strung on white. This is such a minor detail that it really doesn't matter. I prefer the purple, but the price of the bulk set is worth it. The necklace I ordered alone also has the most round pearls compared to the bulk set - however that may just be due to the laws of probability. A great necklace, great gift~ I am still considering purchasing one more for myself!