Things To Keep In Mind While Buying Pearls
Natural pearls are a product of nature, so that is why they are quite rare. At e&e we love to use them on our pearl jewelry, including pearl earrings, pearl necklaces, pearl bracelets, and pearl rings. They are produced less often because of many environmental factors such as pollution and excess of fishing. You can also purchase cultured, which are also natural pearls but human-assisted. Natural and man-made-pearls are made from an irritating chemical from which mollusks protect themselves by secreting several layers of nacre. Nacre is an organic matter made from aragonite and Conchiolin. Fake pearls that are used for decoration purposes are not made of nacre. These are usually made of plastic or glass or sometimes by shell beads embedded in the ground and covered by fish scales and a coat of lacquer. Pearl earrings are very famous due to their uniqueness.
You should remember the following things while buying a pearl or pearls:
Natural pearls are quite rare and astonishingly expensive, so you will be looking at some kinds of cultured-pearls for sure
Make yourself familiar with different kinds of cultured such as freshwater, Black Tahitian, saltwater South Sea, and Akoya.
Make considering nacre the priority
Natural saltwater and cultured freshwater have solid nacres, whereas the human-assisted cultured pearls have a nucleus that is being surrounded by several layers of nacre. The number and thickness of the layers of nacre determine the quality of the pearl. These layers of nacre enhance the softness, texture, and the value of the pearl.
Look for the color
There is a vast range of colors of pearls that we use in pearl earrings. You should focus on the main color of the pearl’s body and its overtones. Such as a white pearl with the implication of rose, which shows the striking of light with the surface of the pearl. You can also purchase dyed with different colors, but the natural colors are the best ones to choose from. We don’t choose to use this style in our pearl earrings.
Grading based on smoothness
Flawless pearls are graded as the best. If there are small marks on a pearl, they will not decrease the value of as much as cracks can decrease.
Most demanded shapes of pearls
They look so beautiful in every shape, but round and spherical shapes are the most desirable shapes.
The more the diameter, the more it will be expensive
As the size of the pearl increases, their prices also increase dramatically.
Grading of pearls on two parameters
There is no standardized grading system for the grading of your gems. Jewelers usually use two grading systems, which are AAA-A and the A-D systems. You can also ask from the jeweler to read the details of the grading system in which he or she has referred you so you may have some knowledge of the terms being used.
(On Mohr’s scale determines the resistance of pearls against scratching). Do extra care of your pearls because they are generally soft and porous
When you wear rings or bracelets, they get destroyed more easily than pearl earrings and pearl necklaces.
Make sure to get an authenticity certificate with the purchase of pearls
In case you ever need to claim insurance, you must have the certificate that contains the sensitive details about the quality of your pearl and description of your pearl jewelry.