Top 10 Things To Look For In Natural Pearls


Natural PearlsAfter I discovered imitation pearls were being passed off as genuine, I made a list of top 10 things to check for before purchasing them.  The how do you tell if pearls are real” is a contentious question concerning the differences between the genuine pearls as oppose to the fake pearls in the jewelry business.  If you’re an inexperienced consumer shopping for real pearl jewelry it can feel like an extremely complicated process if you don’t know what to look for.  Unfortunately, the unscrupulous sales of fake pearl jewelry has hurt unsuspecting buyers both financially and emotionally that has brought fear into the retail jewelry marketplace. 

This basic list of ideas is something you can conduct for yourself to This basic list of ideas is something you can conduct Natural Pearlsfor yourself to assess whether the pearls found in pearl necklaces or pearl earrings or pearl bracelets are real.  This list is not meant to be full proof rather to be used as aid to guide you.  It’s highly recommended to seek professional advice from experts whenever doubt and uncertainty is surrounding them.

First half is the visual examination to determine the pearls’ authenticity.  You will want to visually inspect the pearls with your own eyes to get the results listed below.  A magnifying glass may prove helpful here to get a clearer and more detailed view of them. 

  1. Fake pearls will appear too perfectly round in shape. Real pearls are a product of nature and will display imperfect round shapes which can be seen by placing them next to each other.
  2. Fake pearls will appear perfect in color with no variations between them. Real pearls are unadulterated and will appear more natural in color. 
  3. Fake pearls will lack luminosity and appear shiny without depth under a bright light. Real pearls have layers upon layers called “nacre” that appear translucent under a direct light.
  4. Fake pearls with a perfect single concentric ridged circle in the middle is a sign of two manufactured molded half pieces that are adhered together. Real pearls have many natural concentric ridged circles around them.
  5. Fake pearls are manufactured with larger and straighter drilled holes from end to end and through the center that appear too perfect. Real pearls are often drilled from end to end and the hole narrows at the center.

Last half is the physical examination of the pearls’ authenticity which requires a touch and feel inspection using your hands and mouth.  The dexterity of your fingers or palms and your tooth surface will provide you with confirmation as listed below.

  1. Fake pearls will feel lighter in your palm. Real pearls will feel heavier in your palm.
  2. Fake pearls will have a perfectly smooth surface at your fingertips. Real pearls will have a slightly rough surface at your fingertips. 
  3. Fake pearls feel smooth when you slide them across the front of your teeth. Real pearls will feel gritty as you slide them over your teeth.
  4. Fakes pearls will easily slide off each other when rubbing two of them together with your fingers. Real pearls will feel like there is friction or grittiness when two of them are gently rubbed together with your fingers.
  5. Fake pearls will usually feel at room temperature in the palm of your hand. Real pearls will have an initial cool sensation and then warm up while they rest in your palm. 

You will want to think about a storage solution to safeguard your exquisite pearl jewelry pieces.  A standing jewelry armoire is a popular choice among jewelry collectors for its floor tiered design while the other is a wall mounted jewelry box that conveniently hangs on the wall.  Having this jewelry armoire to protect your heirloom quality in jewelry pearls is a wise investment!

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