I had to return this item. Maybe it was just a problem with the one I received, but every pearl in the strand was odd-shaped - oval, oblong, lumpy - and every single one had dents and scratches on it. I thought about keeping it since the price was a bargain, and you wouldn't necessarily notice the flaws from 20 feet away. But I knew that anyone who stepped in close to look at my necklace (as you know, some ladies will do this!) will notice the flaws. I have purchased an 18-inch strand from overstock before and that one was fine. I was really disappointed that this one was such poor quality and I had to spend $5 to return it!