Value of a Pearl's Body Surface

Assessing Pearl Value

The body surface is one of the most important criteria for determining the value of a Pearl. In the ideal situation the pearl should be clean, shiny and smooth. It should have as few blemishes as possible on the surface.

The Luster is one of the most critical elements to determining value. The higher the Luster the more valuable the pearl generally is. Foggy or chalky surfaces are generally poor quality pearls. Typically, the more nacre a pearl has, the higher the luster is on that pearl. Also, the amount of time the pearl is given to develop affects the luster as well. The longer a pearl develops, the greater the luster. Freshwater pearls are made of almost 100% nacre, because only tissue is used to nucleate the pearl. Akoya pearls use a bead for nucleation, and therefore do not have as much nacre. But the amount of time Freshwater pearls are given to develop usually creates a luster that rivals that of saltwater Akoya pearls.

The beauty of the Pearl is due to its uniqueness. No two pearl necklaces are alike. Similar to flakes of snow, pearls are all individual creations thus a strand of pearls cannot be duplicated. A strand of pearls is uniquely yours and something to be proud of. Irregularities are what form the uniqueness of the strand. In comparing a strand of real cultured pearls and a strand of fake pearls the fake strand will match perfectly with each other. A real strand will have slight differences when comparing each pearl on the necklace. Two identical pearls cannot be found, just like two identical snowflakes cannot be found.That’s why pearl jewelry is a must for any jewelry box.