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Tips for Choosing Pearls

by JewelStruck on May.02, 2012, under Business Tips

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Pearl jewelry always makes a lovely gift. Jewlers who have a degree in design love to use pearls for their simple and elegant beauty. Not only are pearls great for jewelry but they also are well worth the investment. The price for high-quality pearls can increase over time. However it’s important to understand the characteristics of quality pearls before making such an investment.

There are six factors in choosing quality pearls: nacre thickness, size, shape, color and surface texture. The nacre layer is made of fine crystalline that the oyster deposits and reflects light and gives a pearl its unique beauty. High quality pearls have an even and brilliant reflection that also has a warm glow due to a thick nacre layer. A thick nacre layer also makes the pearl larger. Low quality pearls are smaller and only have a dull sheen.

The main reflection on a pearl surface is also the source of its color. Light colored pearls consist of shades of gold, white, and cream. Light colored pearls of the best value are white with pink or silver undertones. Black pearls with green or blue overtones are the best value of dark-toned pearls.

Pearl shapes can vary greatly and an irregular shape is not necessarily a sign of a low-quality pearl. Pearls of uniform shape allow jewelry designers more room to be creative, but an irregular shaped pearl is more unique and can give the pearl a higher value. Consider the purpose your pearls will serve when you choose to buy.

Pearls from different areas can also have unique characteristics. For example, pearls from the South Sea have a high reputation and are very valuable. Have high luminosity and quality. South Sea pearls are 11 mm to 15 mm in diameter and are popular for jewelry.

A high-quality pearl is the Akoya, which are saltwater pearls from the Akoya oyster. These pearls are round and have colors ranging from light pink, to white, or beige. These pearls tend to be smaller in size and those larger than 10 mm are very rare.

In addition to saltwater pearls, freshwater pearls can vary more greatly in form and color. In some cases freshwater pearls can be more valuable because of their variety of color.

It’s also important to ensure that the pearls to plan on purchasing are the genuine, as there are many different types of artificial pearls. Real pearls can differ somewhat in shape, color and size, but fake pearls will be very uniform in quality. You can also bite a pearl; a real pearl will feel sandy and will not scratch easily. Imitation pearls are smooth and can peel. Imitation pearls are also highly flammable while real pearls are not able to burn.

If you’re interested in learning more about oysters and other types of biological life, consider an online biology degree.

Sources

How To Choose the Best Pearl Jewelry

Tips for Choosing the Best Pearl

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