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Pearl guide

Useful tip to test out a pearl

Buying pearls can be a daunting and difficult task, especially if it’s your first time purchasing these organic gemstones. To start off, here’s a useful tip, if you’re not sure how to distinguish between a real pearl and a fake.

 

A simple method to check if a pearl is real or imitation is the "Tooth Test". Gently slide the pearl across the front of your teeth; if it feels smooth then it's a fake, as real pearls feel gritty.

 

But now you’re probably wondering, that was useful but what should be taken into consideration before making a purchase? Well. Everyone has their own preferred methods, but here’s ours

 

(Step 1) Know what type of pearls there are? There are Natural (Extremely rare) and Cultured

All pearls sold on the retail market are "cultured pearls" unless otherwise labelled as natural pearls. Many jewellers and consumers mistakenly label Freshwater pearls as "cultured pearls". but this is misleading since Akoya, Freshwater, Tahitian and South Sea pearls are all "cultured pearls". To avoid confusion knowledgeable dealers and consumers will refer to pearls by their correct pearl type. 

 

(Step 2) Whats my budget?

Decide what type of pearl suits your style and budget.

 

(Step 3) What’s my preferred pearl colour?

Never has such a wide range of pearl colours been available. White is the classic, versatile colour choice and many believe that a woman's first pearl necklace should always be a white strand. "Black" pearls are not actually black but dark shades of grey, greens and blues and give an exotic look that works especially well with darker skin tones. Pink, peach and lavender shades are fun and flirty, perfect for spring and summer wear but when colour matched correctly - an outfit can look incredibly sophisticated as well. 

 

Understanding how pearl is valued

Shape

When dealing with cultured pearls there are several factors that will determine the overall value of a pearl. The biggest factor is shape. Round pearls almost always command the highest price, but many love the uniqueness of baroque and off-round pearls as well.

 

Surface

The surface of a pearl is another important factor to consider; the cleaner the pearl's surface the better. A pearl is a natural gemstone so there will always be some form of imperfection, but as long as they are minor, it won't be noticeable when worn.

 

Luster

Related to surface is luster; a poor surface will negatively impact the luster of a pearl. High luster is what all pearl buyers are looking for; a high-quality pearl with high luster will be almost mirror-like in appearance. A pearl's luster is what makes a pearl "pop" and stand out.

 

Size

Last but possibly most important is size, and in the case of pearls, size matters. Traditionally a women will "earn the right" to wear larger pearls as she matures. A good rule of thumb is to choose pearls 7mm and larger for adult women

 

Do you have a question regarding pearls? Please Email us (Email) for more information or alternatively write to us (email).