How to choose Pearls - Step 1

A 5 Step Guide for Beginners
Step 1: What type of Pearls to buy
If you don't know the difference between pearl types, use the following guide to narrow down your choice by color, size, price and other details: (If you already know the type of pearl you want proceed to Step 2)
Pearl type: Freshwater Pearls Akoya Pearls Tahitian Pearls South Sea Pearls
 
Pearl colors:
Pearl size: 3mm - 14mm
5mm - 10mm
9mm - 14mm
9mm - 20mm
Price range: $40 - $1,500
$80 - $9,000
$200 - $10,000
$400 - $20,000
Details: Classic White Pearls Classic White Pearls --- ---
  --- Statement Pearls (larger pearl sizes) Statement Pearls Statement Pearls
  Multicolored combinations available --- Multicolored combinations available Multicolored combinations available
  Good first pearls Good first pearls --- ---
  --- For a perfectionist (AAA or Hanadama) For a perfectionist (AAA) For a perfectionist (AAA)
  For somebody who already has pearls, buy black or another color For someone who already has Freshwater Pearls For somone who already has classic white pearls For someone who already has other pearls
  For someone who wants quality without caring about the name or pearl type For someone who prefers top names For someone who prefers top names For someone who prefers top names
  For someone who is artistic or quirky (Metallic) --- For someone who is artistic or quirky (Baroques) For someone who is artistic or quirky (Baroques)
  Solid nacre all the way through makes these These pearls have the higest luster of any These pearls often have intriguing secondary colors These are the largest pearls and rarest
FAQ's

How do you know if the pearls are real?
Rub a pearl gently over your front tooth. Real pearls feel slightly gritty, fakes are smooth. If you're buying online, buy from a reputable pearl dealer.
 
What's the difference between natural pearls and cultured pearls?
Natural pearls are sometimes called wild pearls. Wild oyster beds nearly disappeared over 100 years go, so natural pearls are very rare and expensive. They are usually seen in museums or as heirlooms worn by royalty. Cultured pearls are real pearls that grow in oysters that have had human intervention to provoke the production of the pearl, and to protect the oyster. All real pearls sold today are cultured pearls unless specifically labelled as natural pearls.
 
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