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Pearl Buying Guide

1. Comparing Pearl Quality

Grading
Luster
Shape
Surface Quality
Rarity
A
Fair
Irregular
Noticeable Small
Blemishes
Note:
Pearl Distributors Does Not
Sell Any "A" Grade Pearls.
AA
Excellent
Near Round
90% Blemish Free
Insignificant Blemishes
From Top 5%
Of Pearl Harvest.
AAA
Outstanding
Visibly Round
95% Blemish Free
Very Slight Blemishes
That Are Barely Noticeable
Even Under Close Scrutiny
From Top 1%
Of Pearl Harvest.
Note - We try to drill the holes through the blemishes, thus eliminating them.

2. Comparing Pearl Size

6 to
6.5mm
6.5 to
7mm
7 to
7.5mm
7.5 to
8mm
8 to
8.5mm
Half mm
Size N/A
9 to
10mm
Half mm
Size N/A
10 to
11mm
Half mm
Size N/A
11 to
12mm
Half mm
Size N/A
12 to
13mm
Akoya
Freshwater
Tahitian
South Sea

3. Comparing Length of Strand


4. Color and Overtones

Peacock
Silver
Green
Copper

White with
ivory overtone
White with
silver overtone
White with
rosť overtone


Detailed Information

Mikimoto Grading System
Value Factors
What does AAA Really Mean?
Tricks of the Business
Imitation and Mallorca Pearls
Tooth Test and Magnification
Tips on Buying Pearls
Real Pearls versus Imitation
Chinese Akoya Pearls VS Japanese Akoya Pearls
What Size of Pearl should I Buy?
What Size of Pearl Necklace should I Buy?



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