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How to choose pearl ornaments

How to choose pearls? It’s really not too easy. The price of pearls on the market varies from several dollars to millions. What is the difference between them? This article will take you to know more about pearls.



Classification of pearls

There’re many ways to classify pearls. General ways are as follows.

According to the reasons of forming pearls, it’s divided into cultured pearls and natural pearls.

According to water quality, it’s divided into freshwater pearls and seawater pearls.

According to color, it can be divided into five series: white, red, yellow, black and others. Each series includes a variety of pearl body color.



Other ways are like that pearls are classified according to size, shape and origin. For example, we often hear about Tahiti pearls, which are from Pinctada Magaritifera found in Tahiti. When Liao Fan gave pearls as a present to Song Jia in the film “Master”, he said that each pearl was of blood and tears during thirteen years in Southeast Asia. These pearls should be from the South Pacific Ocean, called the Pearl of Nanyang.




Now let’s take a look at these pearls from low to high prices.

The cheapest pearls are freshwater cultured pearls.




After shopping in marketplace, there are often shell opening on the spot to get pearls. You’ll get a pearl which is neither round nor big and sold between USD5 and USD30. This kind of pearl is freshwater cultured and often sold as gift to go or stunt.

Better quality freshwater pearls are used as jewelry materials. The criteria for classification of freshwater pearls are as follows.

They are graded by color, size, shape, gloss, surface finish and matching effect (only refer to more pearls together). Pearls with better color, shape, gloss, surface finish, matching effect and bigger size will be sold at higher prices naturally.




This kind of freshwater pearls are sold from hundreds of USD to thousands of USD on online store.

I really want to suggest girls just entering workplace to have a series of fashionable freshwater pearl ornaments in hand. These pearls are often at a reasonable price. On the other hand, freshwater pearls don’t mean they’re cheap and easy to get. The top-level freshwater pearls are not inferior to seawater beads in color, size and surface finish.




Although they’re artificially cultured, freshwater pearls are not easy to get. The average life span of the cultured shell is four to five years. Normally, extraction of pearls will take place in the fourth year. High quality pearls yields are very low. Pearls that can be matched with jewelry are also picked out by millions of grains.





Compared with freshwater pearls, the price of seawater beads is higher.



Seawater pearls are also divided into cultured and wild beads. Here are differences between cultured sea and freshwater pearls.



Shape: seawater pearls are often perfectly round because of nuclear culture. Freshwater pearls have different shapes, such as oblate beads, shape of steamed bread, oval, ball shape, special-shaped, etc. There are rarely perfect round freshwater pearls.



Gloss: seawater pearls gloss are relatively dewy and freshwater pearls gloss are softer.



Epidermis: whether it’s sea or freshwater pearls, most of them have natural growth defects, perfect pearls are very few. Tiny blemishes or almost unflawed pearls are of the highest value.



Specification: The seawater pearls in China are generally below 8mm. Because of better aquaculture technology, Japanese seawater pearls are not only below 8mm, but also between 8 and 9mm. As for bigger seawater pearls, that’s Nanyang and Tahiti pearls which are generally above 9mm. Pearls of more than 14mm are really highly valuable.



Color:Normally, the natural colors of freshwater pearls are white, pink and purple. Seawater pearls in China and Japan are mainly white. Nanyang pearls are of graceful pure white and precious gold. Transparent green, blue or silver gray are colors that only natural Tahiti pearls have.




Wild seawater pearls are more precious than cultured seawater pearls.

The total output of seawater pearls is only 25 of freshwater pearls. Some people say that wild seawater pearls only come out by accident in the market. They usually appear in auction houses.

At Sotheby's auction in Geneva, the precious pearl necklace consisted of a string of wild pearls ranging in diameter from 7.75 to 12.15 millimeters and sold for $3,000,000.




In 2014, the largest natural seawater pearl appeared at a public auction in Woolley & Wallis in England. The huge pearl weighing 33.15 carats sells for 811,000 pounds.




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They’re rare pearls which are more expensive than wild pearls.

In fact, when it comes to wild pearls, they are basically top-notch, but there are a few small and rare families in the Pearl family, such as conch pearls.



When I, i.e. the editor, was engaged in the jewelry industry, I saw a ring with a small pink stone inlaid on it. It appeared strange. I saw the price, My God, of 50,000 dollars. I went home, studied it and knew that it was a conch pearl.





Conch beads are also called conch pearls. The peculiarity of these pearls lies in the fact that there is a unique and bright flame under its smooth surface. This flame is not only evident from the outside, but it is sometimes delicate and gentle, sometimes enthusiastic and unrestrained, and appears extremely noble.



Another characteristic of these pearls is that it does not grow inside the clam, but slowly forms inside the conch. That's why Conch Pearls are rare and expensive natural ornaments. Any attempt to artificially cultivate conch pearls, at least to date without exception, has ended in failure. Only in about 50,000 conches can people get a usable pearl after removing meat. Therefore, only a total of 2000 to 3000 conch pearls can be found annually. Among them, only 20% - 30% of conch pearls can be used for jewelry processing, which is the main reason that this natural pearl is very rare in the whole world.




Well, with the above introduction, I believe you have a general understanding of pearls



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