How To Identify A Genuine Pearl

If you want to buy some pearls then how can you ensure that you are getting the real thing? More importantly, how can you be sure that you are paying the right price for your pearls?

Many people immediately think of the tooth test when checking pearls, but there is a lot more to it than that. Follow these tips to make sure that you get what you pay for when buying pearl jewellery.

Most freshwater pearls are available at reasonable prices which means that most people can now afford to buy good quality pearls. However without much knowledge of what a good pearl should look like it’s incredibly difficult to tell good from bad, but, with a little training you soon see that the differences between good and bad pearls or real and fake pearls become obvious.

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When checking if pearls are fake the first thing to do is to hold them. Real pearls have a good weight where as fake ones will usually be extremely light.

Real pearls should be cool when you first touch them and then warm slightly as you hold them.

Carefully examine how your pearls look. Real pearls will have slight blemishes and variations in size whereas fake ones will generally be very uniform.

Look at the drill holes made in the pearls. They should be small and neat. If they are fairly large or have cracking or rough and broken areas around the hole this could indicate that they are fake or low quality.

Examine how your pearls are presented. If they are threaded on cheap string rather than silk or have a cheap looking clasp then they are probably not very valuable.

Plastic is the most commonly used material to make pearls but you can check whether your pearls are plastic by shining a bright light such as a pen light behind them. Plastic will glow uniformly whereas a real pearl should appear darker in the centre.

When you gently rub a pearl along the bottom of your front tooth it should feel slightly gritty and abrasive. If it feels completely smooth it is probably fake.

Lastly, trust your instincts and do your research. If you’re planning to buy pearl jewellery then find out what the going price for the pearls you want is, then if you find a deal that seems too good to be true you can assume that it is too good to be true!

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