Pearls are classic wedding jewelry. So how do you choose that perfect pearl necklace? Superstition says that wearing pearls on their wedding day will bring bliss to a marriage and the simplistic, elegant beauty of a strand of pearls has been the choice for brides for centuries.
Here are some tips for buying pearls:
There are basically four types of pearls:Akoya pearls, Tahitian pearls, SouthSea pearls, and freshwater pearls.
Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea pearls grow in oceans. They are more valuable than freshwater pearls for their rarity and high luster. Of these the Akoya pearls are the most popular. These pearls are valued for their rich color, mirror-like finish, and appealing roundness.
As with any other gemstones, the value of pearls is determined by their quality.
A pearl's quality can be rated as; A, AA, AA+, AAA, AAA+.The, AAA and AAA+ pearls, are considered to be the best quality and they are most valuable. If you compare 2 pearl necklaces of the same size, For pearls of the same size, an "A" quality pearl necklace costs only a small fraction of AAA quality pearl necklace.
The quality and value of pearls are based upon six criteria: luster, nacre, surface, color, shape, size and matching. The educated buyer uses his or her preferences to decide which criteria are most important.
Nacre: Nacre is the coating that a pearl oyster produces to cover the pearl's nucleus; it is the key to how long pearls last. Most buyers of pearl jewelry pay most attention to the pearls' nacre thickness, you should look for pearls with nacre thickness over 0.4mm.
Luster and Surface: Luster is the amount of light reflected from the pearl's surface. A strand of pearls with high luster, mirror finish and clean surfaces is most desirable and valuable.
Color: Is a personal choice, buy a pearl necklace based on the color most flattering to your skin tone.
Size: People usually buy the largest pearls they can afford. The price of pearls that are larger than 7mm varies greatly.
Shape: Round pearls are most desirable and valuable.
Matching: For a pearl necklace or bracelet, matching refers to the ways in which all of the pearls are similar. It is difficult to find enough identical pearls to make a well-matched pearl necklace; therefore such a necklace commands a top price.
Choose your pearl bridal jewelry based on your budget. Take your time to shop around and find that perfect pearl necklace for your wedding day!
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