Pearls are a very interesting type of jewelry that some people love and some people hate. There is no grade model to rate pearls on quality and how good each pearl is. It depends on how it looks to an eye and some people may have different opinions than others. With that being said, pearls are not really made to last. Many pearls have a very short shelf life in comparison to other things such as diamonds.
- Gem and jewelry specialists note that the pearl coating on pearls can wear away over time, and that major retailers may even sell pearls with some erosion visible already.
- Natural pearls form when an irritant gets inside an oyster’s shell, prompting it to cost the offending particle in nacre, the substance that gives pearls their distinct appearance.
- Some oyster farmers remove the pearls from their oysters much too soon, resulting in pearls with thin, vulnerable nacre that will wear off.
“But if you buy a string of cultured pearls at some national jewelry store chains, they might not last as long as you think, one jewelry expert told Greg Hunter, consumer correspondent for ABCNEWS’ Good Morning America.”