Pearls are a precious stone that has many quality levels, however, most people cannot tell the difference between them with their naked eye. Pearls are the only precious stone created by a living creature, and almost all of them are cultured. Pearls can be judged by many factors including color, size, shape, drill holes, luster, surface thickness and match. You can tell if a pearl is natural or cultured as compared to simulated using the tooth test. A natural or cultured pearl will feel gritty when rubbed against your tooth.
- Hold a strand of pearls up to a bright light and roll them to see how thick their surface is.
- Roll the pearls on a flat surface to make sure they are round.
- Mikimoto’s top pearls are graded Triple-A, but this might mean something totally different if you are buying from another dealer.
“Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but thousands of women still lust for the timeless elegance and glamour of pearls.”