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Pearl Buyers Guide

Beautiful, mysterious and eye capturing cool gem. This evergreen gem is a greatest creation of nature, found from oyster, called mother of pearl. Before to purchase them first understand them how to graded and valued. This guide is helping you to understand that how pearls are graded and valued is important before purchase a pearl jewellery purchase. This guide provides information consumers can use to compare and evaluate pearls and pearl jewellery.

What is the right value of Pearl? How to valuate it?

The terms used to describe the quality and value of a pearl or pearl set is given below.

1) Type:There many types of pearls available in market, but most popular, in order of value are Freshwater, Tahitian, Akoya, South Sea, Iceland and Culture Pearls.

2) Size:Pearls in size range is up to 15 millimetre and over, depending on type. Pearl as larger as more valuable than small size.

3) Lustre:Luster is the brilliance or glow of light from a pearl. A high quality pearl will be brilliant and bright, and you should be able to easily see your own reflection in its surface. Never sacrifice lustrousness. It is the visual factor most responsible for giving a fine pearl its unique beauty and character. Simply defined, lustre is the sharpness and intensity of reflected light on a pearl’s surface.

4) Nacre:Pearls are made from the layers of aragonite and conchiolin built around the centre of pearl, called Nacre. Nacre is the same crystalline substance that forms the beautiful shell linings we call “mother of pearl.” If enough layers form, and the crystals align, a prism-like effect occurs when light passes through the layers. This effect cause’s orient, a soft iridescent glow which looks like a diffusion of light from inside the pearl.

5) Surface Perfection:Surface perfection is always required, but rarely encountered. And when you find it, it comes at a very high price. People were always searching for pearls with a “skin” as free of minor welts, blisters, pimples, cracks and bumps as possible. But blemish-free surfaces are rare. Our eyes are trained to avoid “large and numerous,” and give attention to on “few and small.” Ideally, we hide blemishes in a jeweler’s drill hole or in a setting. When examining a pearl for unsightly imperfections, check it out under both diffused and bright light sources you will see a cracks or any blemish on the surface.

6) Shape: Pearls come in a number of different shapes included Round, Semi-Round, Oval Baroque, Ringed, Tear-Drop, Pear, Kesi, Mabe, Button shaped and irregular shaped. From these perfect round is always been the ideal. If they are with blemish-free and with good luster they are rare and very costly.

7) Colour: Pearls are available in a wide array of colors. The most common include white, cream, silver, gold, rose, peach, rosaline, burgundy, green, bronze, gray, black and brown. The color encompasses three characteristics:

· Body color — the most prevalent color of the pearl.

· Overtone — the luminous color that is in a layer over the body color, and when concentrated on the edges of the pearl is referred to as the “halo”.

· Orient — just below the surface of the pearl is this prismatic layer of coloring.

Not all pearls demonstrate all three color characteristics.

8) Matching Sets: The ability of a set of pearls to be similar to or match with each other is referred to as identical. The better the matching, the greater the value of the piece of pearl jewelry. Of course, matching only applies to studs & multi-pearl jewellery.

All of these characteristic are used to decide the quality and value of pearls and pearl jewellery. By knowing and understanding these, you are in a better position to know what to look for and what you are purchasing.

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