I know pearls. I have pearls from mother of pearl pins to Mikimoto blue lagoon. These pearls can hold their own! I bought them as an every day go to set without risking losing the " good stuff." Well, let me tell you, they are perfect. I checked very carefully for imperfections and found none. Hold them in the palm of your hand and watch them take on a luster and a warmth. I believe that pearls are a living thing and human touch transforms them. What more, I love that they are not chalky dead white.Perfectly round, even and with a nice gold clasp. They have a warm tiny tinge of pink. Just perfect. Only regret, should have bought the 20".