Dyed Chinese freshwater pearls sold as Tahitian pearls on eBay
Admin: Renee Newman is a Guest Author for the AIJV.
Here, Renee warns of the perils of following through with a deal that looks too good to be true.
Last January, a jewelry designer sent me an e-mail asking if the pearl market had crashed. She said she was searching on eBay for “black pearl” and the auctions came up with black pearls at ridiculous prices; costume jewelry cost more than the winning bids on these supposedly “Tahitian” pearls being sold out of China. On pure impulse, she bought a “genuine Tahitian” black pearl necklace (see photo) when there was one minute left, and got it for $24.99, including priority shipping from Shanghai. Continue reading »