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Freshwater Cultured Pearls Part 2

Freshwater Cultured Pearls Part 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on Freshwater Cultivated Black Pearls.

Important Points about Pearls

Some important factors to consider when looking at pearls are:

Pearl Color
Pearl Luster
Pearl Matching
Pearl Quality
Pearl Shapes
Pearl Sizes
Pearl Surface
Pearl Weight

Pearl Color

The color to select should reflect the skin tone, how you are going to use the pearls either in a necklace, earrings, ring etc, the size and shape that best suits you and what fashion statement you want to make if any.

Pearls come in a wide range of colors from white all the way through to deep black

The color of a pearl can result from a number factors:

The pearl’s body color is its main color. This can be white, silver, cream-colored, gold, green, blue, or even black. The body color is determined by the type of oyster or mollusk that produces the pearl (certain types of oysters generally produce pearls of certain colors), as well as the conditions of the water, and sometimes the type of nucleus which is implanted to stimulate the pearl’s creation.

Translucence of Pearls

Overtones are translucent colors which sometimes appear over top of the pearl’s main bodycolor. These overtones tend to alter the bodycolor somewhat, as well as adding depth and glow. A pearl may be white with rose overtones, for example. Some pearls have no overtones at all.

Some pearls are artificially colored. This is done with freshwater, akoya and Tahitian pearls. The pearls are colored by a dying process and this can be determined by looking down the drill hole to see if there are any concentrations of color that might indicate dying or a darker pearl nucleus that would indicate radiation treatment.

One rule of thumb in spotting treated pearls such as this is that the pearls are not true Tahitian pearls, from the Black Lip Oyster if they are not naturally black. Naturally black akoya and freshwater pearls do not exist, and if a black pearl of this variety is offered to you it will always be dyed. Many unsuspecting pearl buyers purchase black pearls only to subsequently find the natural color grading is false.

The freshwater cultured black pearls is measured according to a number of factors. The type of pearl and thickness of its nacre, its luster, the cleanliness and texture of its surface, its shape, its color, and its size.

Because the pearl is a naturally occurring organic gemstone created by living creatures, these factors can and do vary widely. Although all of them affect the ultimate value of a given pearl, some of the factors are more objective, while others are more a matter of taste or preference.

The size of the pearl is important too. Smaller pearls are good for necklaces and earrings. Larger ones can be used for rings.

Pearl Color

The pearl’s body color is its main color. This can be white, silver, cream-colored, gold, green, blue, or even black. The body color is determined by the type of oyster or mollusk that produces the pearl (certain types of oysters generally produce pearls of certain colors), as well as the conditions of the water, and sometimes the type of nucleus which is implanted to stimulate the pearl’s creation.

Overtones are translucent colors which sometimes appear over top of the pearl’s main bodycolor. These overtones tend to alter the bodycolor somewhat, as well as adding depth and glow. A pearl may be white with rose overtones, for example. Some pearls have no overtones at all.

Some pearls are artificially colored. This is done with freshwater, akoya and Tahitian pearls. The pearls are colored by a dying process and this can be determined by looking down the drill hole to see if there are any concentrations of color that might indicate dying or a darker pearl nucleus that would indicate radiation treatment.

One rule of thumb in spotting treated pearls such as this is that the pearls are not true Tahitian pearls, from the Black Lip Oyster if they are not naturally black. Naturally black akoya and freshwater pearls do not exist, and if a black pearl of this variety is offered to you it will always be dyed. Many unsuspecting pearl buyers purchase black pearls only to subsequently find the natural color grading is false.

The freshwater cultured black pearls is measured according to a number of factors. The type of pearl and thickness of its nacre, its luster, the cleanliness and texture of its surface, its shape, its color, and its size.

Because the pearl is a naturally occurring organic gemstone created by living creatures, these factors can and do vary widely. Although all of them affect the ultimate value of a given pearl, some of the factors are more objective, while others are more a matter of taste or preference.

The size of the pearl is important too. Smaller pearls are good for necklaces and earrings. Larger ones can be used for rings.

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on the freshwater cultured black pearl.

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