wide cultured pearl production has increased dramatically in recent
times. Cultivated pearls are now produced in many countries and
this has resulted in more types of pearls, in more shapes, colors,
and sizes than ever before. Naturally this has resulted in a wide
range of qualities and prices. The key to lasting beauty and pleasure
lies in the selection of fine cultured pearls.
with other gems, there are specific characteristics that effect
The most noticeable visual indicator of the quality and thickness
of a pearls nacre; the 'pearl' layers covering the nucleus. The
sharper the reflection of light on a pearl, the higher the lustre.and
the better quality the pearl.
Occurs in only a small percentage of pearls and refers to the rainbow-like
colors that appear to move over the surface of a pearl.
Like any natural product, almost all cultured pearls have imperfections.
Heavy blemishes will detract from the value of a pearl. Even fine
quality pearls will have some surface spotting but the richer the
lustre the less noticeable surface blemishes will be.
'Round' is the most valuable shape since only about 1% of all pearls
are perfect spheres. Symmetrical shapes such as button or drop pearls
are also rare and highly sought after. Asymmetrical shapes known
as baroque pearls are much less rare and therefore more affordable.
come in many colors and shades. The major classification are white,
pink, silver, cream, gold and black. In addition fine pearls will
also have a secondary color known as the overtone. Some colors such
as gold or peacock green are rarer than others and therefore more
valuable. However color selection should be a personal consideration
complementing each individual.
As the size of the pearl increases, so does it's rarity. Sizes above
17mm are extremely rare and are usually considered as collection
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