i purchased two strands from which i hope to make one strand of the best and most closely matched. they are pretty from a distance but nowhere near close to AA quality as the colors, sheen and shape are far too variable. ...on the other hand, they were less expensive and much prettier than faux pearls i've seen in museum shops which cost much more. the bottom line is if you want perfect pearls then expect to pay for them. these are good enough for the price.