Like all our pearl strands and sets, these are the real thing: genuine SALTwater cultured pearls - not the cheap freshwater kind. This gorgeous estate pearl necklace from a Midwestern estate is in superb condition and measures 20" (so is at the intersection of princess and matinee lengths). If you like, you could have the two strands restrung as a single strand even greater than opera length - or in the open-ended 40" rope style called a sautoir - or as a choker plus a matinee length strand. There'll be plenty of pearls to play with! I counted 151 in the two necklace strands and 87 in the matching bracelet.
Very well matched for color, these creamy white pearls are easy to identify as genuine, because each has its own slightly unique shape.
I personally like to see a little irregularity of shape - besides which pearls that come quite close to round are rare and of course cost the earth. As with all quality pearl necklaces, each bead of this strand is individually hand-knotted and a proper filigree pearl clasp is provided. This strand closes with a particularly nice clasp marked 14/20, which signifies 20k surfacing atop the underlying 14k gold. Instead of the traditional navette shape, it's a bold rectangle, almost square, which suggests a Retro dating (circa 1935-1950). An identical clasp features on the matching three-strand bracelet. Bead sizing is slightly graduated on the necklace, ranging from about 6mm to 8mm. The bracelet pearls are all at the larger end of that spectrum and individually knotted with very tiny knots.
This set represents exceptional value compared to new pearls, even those offered by online discounters. Frankly they're priced so low because people don't seem to know the difference between quality pearls and freshwater junk anymore, so they've been in stock way too long. Thanks for looking!