Forget Diamonds, Pearls are a Girl's Best Friend!

Forget Diamonds, Pearls are a Girl's Best Friend!

Pearl jewelry can be a classic statement piece for any semi-casual, business or formal attire. The key to finding the right pearl jewelry for you is not just in the color, length or setting of the pearl jewelry--it is also in the size and grading. Before you start shopping for pearl necklaces, earrings and more, it is important to understand the pearl grading system and how it works to determine the value.

Different Types Have Different Grading
If you have your heart set on a string of Tahitian pearls, you will need to understand that you cannot always use the same grading system as Japanese or freshwater pearls. Each type of pearl has specific grading criteria that corresponds with its unique features. For Tahitian pearls, buyers will want to look for pearls that have no more than one deep imperfection and have very few if any slight concentrated imperfections. Since color also plays a role in the way a pearl is graded, knowing what the intensity and luster of any particular color is vital in getting the best deal.

Understand Available Sizes
If you want to make sure you are not only getting the best, but the right size to fit your needs, you will need to determine which type of pearl offers the right size. Some pearls are only available in smaller sizes, such as 5-10 millimeters, and other types of pearls can get as big as 13 millimeters, but many of the larger sizes are rare, and it is even rarer to find that size without a significant number of imperfections. A retailer will be able to show you a variety of sizes so that you can find the one that best matches your needs.

Shopping for pearls can be fun and easy, as long as you come into the process fully informed about pearls and their quality. You will need to find a trusted retailer that will provide you not only with quality products, but an explanation of the reason each piece was graded the way it was. Places such as The Pearl Source provide you with plenty of information that will make your pearl jewelry shopping much easier.

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