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What You Should Know Before You Buy Pearls

The classic accessory has not lost its luster. In fact, they are currently the biggest trend in the jewelry industry. But before you go replacing all your diamonds, the pros at Bachendorf’s have given us some pointers on how to pick a pearl. Read their advice below.

Size

While size does not affect the quality of cultured pearls, it does affect the price. Large pearls are more difficult to cultivate, and their rarity makes them more valuable.

Color

The rarer the shade, the more valuable the pearl. Colors range from cream, pink, and gray, to green, blue, and black. While color choice is a matter of personal preference, always look for rich color, evenly distributed throughout the pearl.

Luster 

Luster is the amount of light a pearl reflects from both its surface glow and the deep, mirror-like reflection of its inner light. The better the nacre quality of the pearl, the more superior its luster. Less luster means that the pearl was harvested too early and not enough nacre was developed.

Shape

Of the many shapes available, perfectly round pearls are the rarest and most valuable.

Flaws 

Subtle blemishes and tiny marks are part of a pearl’s natural texture and proof of its genuine origin. Fewer surface imperfections denote a higher quality more valuable pearl.

 

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 2019 issue of D Weddings. Purchase yours online .

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