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How to Identify and Choose Real Pearl Jewelry?

Pearls are quite popular in a bracelet or necklace setting, though they can even be found in earrings. There are many things to look at when looking at pearl jewelry to see if it is real or not. The pearl is known as the queen gem, because of its elegance. It is also June’s birthstone, as well as the stone of the 13th anniversary.

Real Pearl and Gold Stud Earrings

Real Pearl and Gold Stud Earrings

It symbolizes health, purity, well-being and richness.
Pearls symbolize luxury. Adult women often decide to wear pearls because they stand out, even though they do not shine like a gem. They look elegant and pearl jewelry coordinate well with many outfits. Pearl necklaces go well with formal dresses, such as for a dinner party.

Pearls can be found in oysters. Sometimes they can fall out of the shell quite easily, and sometimes they won’t. There are many things that people will look at when picking pearls or finding pearls, but there are things you can look for in stores to find out if they are real or not.

Real Pearl In Oyster Shell

Real Pearl In Oyster Shell

The first thing you will want to do when identifying a real pearl is to look at the luster of the stone. A genuine pearl will have a glow to it. A natural pearl can be detected by looking at the thickness of the nacre layers. Roll a strand of pearls on a bright white surface under a very bright light. They should “wink” at you. The color will appear lighter and darker as they are rolled on the white surface.

Take a strand of pearls to a professional jeweler. They will be able to do a number of tests to find out they are real. You may think that they are not real if they are not a true color, but the fact is that natural pearls can come in many colors, such as pink pearls and even gold. There are even some rare kinds of pearls you can find that are black or even blue-black.

Other items that you can factor in when looking at pearls are shape and skin. Higher value pearls will be almost perfectly round. Obviously, the larger the pearl, the higher value it is going to have. The fewer blemishes that you can see on the skin of the pearl, means it is a high quality pearl and is also going to be more expensive. Real jewelers are more than happy to scape the surface of the pearl to prove it is real, which is another thing to ask about.

Vintage Real Pearl Ring

Vintage Real Pearl Ring

Pearls can also be paired up with gems to make unique pearl jewelry pieces. Once of the more popular places to find unique pearl jewelry pieces are Japan. These unique pieces allow you a larger variety of selection for pearl jewelry.

If you are in the United States, there are some professional jewelers who also offer different unique pearl settings. A couple of tests you can do are to bite the pearl. If it feels gritty on your teeth, they you know it is authentic. If it feels smooth on your teeth, you will know that it is fake.

Once you have purchased a piece of pearl jewelry, it is important that you take care of the piece properly. When it is not in use, store it in a fabric lined jewelry box away from other pieces so that it does not scratch. Pearls can easily scratch and ruin the surface. Avoid contact with make-up and lotions, as it can ruin the finish on a pearl because of all the oil content. Following these care tips will ensure your pearl jewelry will last a lifetime.

Pearl, Ruby, and Diamond Butterfly Pin

Pearl, Ruby, and Diamond Butterfly Pin

Jewelry Advice by Jewelrista.

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