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ABOUT PEARLS

Learning about pearls

What different types are there?

With the tremendous variety of pearls on the market today, pearls are considered the least understood of all gemstones. Please take the time to familiarize yourseft with the different type of pearls, pearl grading, their history and care.

4. The pearl is the oldest known gem, and for centuries it was considered the most valuable. Throughout the history, pearls have been considered divine gifts especially suited for royalty. Women who wanted to gain the favor of a king would offer him pearls. In Persia, crowns with double circlets of pearls were the symbol of royal and divine birth. This became a custom elsewhere as well. Pearls have also been considered ideal wedding gifts because they symbolize purity and innocence. Here are the principle types of Pearls:

  • Freshwater Pearls - Unique and Affordable
  • Tahitian Pearls - Dark and Exotic
  • Akoya Pearls - Classic Pearl Variety
  • White South Sea Pearls - Large and Luxurious
  • Gold South Sea Pearls - Large and Luxurious

Grading Pearls

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Unlike diamond grading, there is no standardized grading system for pearls. Every company in the world that grades and sells pearls is using a system that they themselves devised and created. Every system is subjective and every system is unique. We know with certainty, for example, that our AA+ graded akoya pearls have better luster, surface and color than another online sellers' AAAA pearls exhibit. This is the unfortunate result of no standardized, universal grading system.

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Grading System

AAA

  • Highest non-loose pearl grade available in the market
  • Exhibit excellent luster
  • Round to the eye
  • Clean surface
  • Top 1% of freshwater pearls produced today
  • Excellent matching

AA+

  • Highest grade of freshwater pearl
  • Near round, appear perfect round from a yard away
  • 90-100% Clean Surface
  • Top 5% of freshwater pearls produced today
  • Excellent to good matching

AA

  • Exhibit good to average luster
  • Near round to off-round
  • 80-100% Clean Surface
  • Top 10% of freshwater pearls produced today
  • Good to moderate matching

A

  • Exhibit average to low luster
  • Near round to off-round
  • 70-100% Clean Surface
  • Top 20% of freshwater pearls produced today
  • Good to moderate matching

Commercial

  • Exhibit average to no luster
  • Near round to off-round
  • Moderate to heavy blemishing