A 5 Step Guide for Beginners

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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)

 

 FRESHWATER PEARLS

 Pearl Color Pearl Size Price Range
Freshwater Pearl Color

3mm - 14mm

Freshwater Pearl Size

$40 - $1,500

Freshwater Price Comparison

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AKOYA PEARLS

 Pearl Colors Pearl Sizes Price Range
Akoya Pearls Colors Akoya Pearls Sizes Akoya Pearls Price Comparison

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TAHITIAN PEARLS

 Pearl Colors Pearl Size Price Range
Tahitian Pearls Colors Tahitian Pearls Sizes Tahitian Price Range Comparison

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SOUTH SEA PEARLS

 Pearl Colors Pearl Size Price Range
South Sea Pearl Colors South Sea Pearls Size South Sea Pearls Price Range

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FAQs

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 labeled as natural pearls.

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