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Buying Pearl Jewelry – What To Look For

By James Tomlinson

Pearls make great jewelry and have been used for that purpose for hundreds of years. Historians believe that the Chinese even mastered the cultivation of freshwater pearls as early as 700 years ago. A pearl appears when a single piece of sand is trapped inside a mussel or oyster. The shell tries to protect itself from the sand by coating it in layers and layers of shiny secretion. With time the layers turn into the orb that is known as a pearl.

Natural wild specimens like this are very valuable, because they are so rare. With overfishing and demand for pearls, there are fewer mussels left to produce pearls. Natural pearls may take as long as 10 years to develop.

More common is the cultivated pearl, which is most often grown in freshwater. Records show that freshwater specimens were cultivated as early as 700 years ago by the Chinese. Today, cultivated freshwater pearls are very popular as they are the closest to the quality of wild pearls.

Pearls come in many colors, rangin from pale white to black, they may even be brown, silver, cream and pink. The color depends on where it was grown and what shellfish created it.

When judging the value of a pearl, there are several factors to take into account.

The lustre is the most important factor. Lustre is the combined effect of the inner glow and outer brilliance. These two combined, make the pearl seem solid and dense. If it lacks lustre, it may seem brittle, chalky and dull.

The smoothness of the surface is the second most important factor to consider. Pearls are grown organically, so they are almost never perfect, and so often have imperfections and blemishes. A high quality product will only have blemishes that are visible from up close.

The shape of the pearl is also very important. Few pearls are born perfectly round. It is much more common for pearls to be shaped a bit differently. The rounder the pearl, the higher quality it is considered.

The color is less important and really depends more on the wearer’s preference.

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