Pearl value is determined by quality factors such as color, luster, shape, size, surface characteristic, and nacre quality. There are many factors that you should consider, if you are determined to a pearl jewelry.
If you look through the collections of both cultured and natural pearls, you will notice that the pearls are available in different sizes. In both kinds the larger pearls are found quiet rarely in comparison to the easily accessible regular shaped pearls, so their value is quite high.
When you look through the collection of cultured pearl shapes then exact round silhouette is hard to find. Round shape pearl is found rarely and if you find them then be prepared to pay significantly. The regularly available shapes of a pearl will be baroque, pear, or oval. However, when you match the jewelry with right shaped pearls, they add a wow factor.
Cultured and natural pearls are available in wide range of hues. The cool tone includes violet, blue, and green, whereas warm shades are pink, yellow, and orange. The tones also differ widely and range from very light to extreme dark. Pearl colors tend to be soft but adds a delicate quality to the jewelry. Colors in a pearl have 3 components that is –
- Body color, which dominantly covers
- Overtone lies over body color
- Orient is shimmer, which lies on the pearls surface
Luster is an important factor to consider, as it decides the actual beauty of the pearl. They are graded as excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. It means higher the luster, the higher the pearl quality.
- Quality of the Surface
Every pearl will not achieve the desired shape. In some cultured pearls, you will notice abrasions or scratches, which impacts the luster of the pearl. Remember numerous wrinkle and crease present on the pearl will decide the durability of each piece. It will also decrease the pearls value. However, minor surface characteristics hardly impact pearls beauty because they get hidden while mounting or in drill-hole.
- Nacre Quality
The pearls with thin nacre will exhibit chalky appearance. Some of the pearls will have a dull exterior and this in-turn affects the luster.
Designers deliberately mix shapes, sizes, and colors to create uniqueness but pearl strands, earring, or bracelet needs to match in quality factor.