I was very pleased when the strand arrived...although they do not seem as large as an 8-9 should be...they are lovely. Very few blemishes and wonderful warm color. I am wearing them everyday wrapped three times around my neck. ( I always wear pearls) I have added in the 10 MM freshwaters I already own from Overstock and the two compliment each other nicely. I consider this strand a good value for the money and a wonderful investment.