There are so many types of glorious pearls to choose from. There are many ways to rate pearls as well. Many times, pearls are rated on the following features:
First, you can look for Color: for genuine pearls or Japanese Akoya pearls, we are looking for a rose overtone, for other pearls, it could be black or golden tones.
Second, you can judge Luster: here you are looking for the sheen or brilliancy of the pearl; often times there is talk of a hot spot of light, and you would want that more in focus rather than blurry when you look directly into the spot
Third, you can identify Blemish: when looking at pearls, there will always be blemishes on the surface, how many, how big, and how noticeable makes what we call imperfections. The fewer imperfections, the higher the score on the blemish scale, and the greater the value the pearl will command. You can have blemishes on pearls, and when they are worn, they are basically imperceptible.
And finally, you can measure Size: usually, pearls are strung together based on size. Not always, but the larger the diameter of the pearl, the exceedingly rarer it becomes. Pearls that do not appear to be round are referred to as Baroque pearls.
You will find a variety of differing kinds of pearls as well. We describe them as Pearls Galore! There is such variety in the world. Cultured and natural pearls are both real. They are not costumed jewelry.
Japanese Akoya Pearls:
These pearls tend to be the most common pearls we deal with. Often, these are genuine pearls and not cultured or cultivated. They originate in the Sea of Japan.
These are cultured or cultivated pearls and they take about two to four years for a pearl to develop inside of an oyster. The vast majority of cultured pearls take place in lakes, rivers, and bodies of freshwater inside China.
White South Sea Pearls:
White South Sea Pearls can often grow into exceptionally large diameters. These glorious pearls are prized for their color and luster. Grown in the very deep-sea waters off the coast of Australia, large pearls are very rare.
Golden South Sea Pearls:
Again, these prized pearls can grow very large. Usually found in deep-sea waters off the coast of the Philippines, these gems are prized for their deep and dark tones.
Black Tahitian Pearls:
The vast variety of colors of Tahitian pearls boast is because they are found in a rainbow spectrum, and can be found from iridescent green to peacock to stunning black. Tahitian pearls grow in many places, but only those grown in French Polynesia may be called Tahitian pearls.
There is a lot to learn about Keshi pearls, and to speak of them without their species of mollusks or geographic location makes the term Keshi nondescript. You can learn all you need to know about Keshi pearls, here, on Wikipedia. In short terms, Keshi pearls are the source of the luster of other pearls, nacre-pronounced (Nake er), which is also known as mother of pearl.
Nacre gives the pearls their sheen or luster. Keshi pearls do not have a nucleus. They are fragments that get into oysters and the nacre grows around them, producing the Keshi pearls.
In conclusion, there is a large volume of information to know about pearls and we value the wisdom of the ages and the market that determines value when discussing pearls. The things we want you to remember is:
First, that Jewelry Should Be Art!
and second, that jewelry should bring you joy when you wear it.
Pearls will definitely bring you joy. We say, let there be Pearls Galore!