Freshwater Pearls Value: Evaluation

August 11, 2017 by Kiesha Joseph

When determining freshwater pearls value, knowing the type of gem you’re dealing with is very important. Each type of pearl has its own specific characteristics because of its forming conditions. For example, comparing an Akoya pearl to a South Sea pearl may not make much sense… in a sense. Akoya pearls are way too superb in the luster department, while South Sea pearls are much larger in size.

Cultured Freshwater Pearls Grading System

Cultured freshwater pearls are graded using a pearl grading system using the following categories:

  • Luster
  • Size
  • Shape
  • Color
  • Surface Quality
  • Nacre Quality

Freshwater Pearls Value Indicators

These pearl grading factors are used in conjunction with one another but don’t necessarily carry the same weight. Pearl grading depends on the type of pearl being judged.

Pearl Luster

This is the number one factor used in freshwater pearl evaluations. It’s the brilliance, the shine, the beauty of the pearl. ALL pearls are judged on luster.

Pearl Size

Larger pearls are more expensive. This is due to their low survival rate within the oysters. Producing large pearls requires that the pearls remain inside the shells longer, decreasing the rate of survival, and the market supply.

Pearl Shape

Perfectly round pearls are the rarest on the market. Therefore, they’re the most valuable. Baroque pearls are less valuable than symmetrical pearls. However, baroque pearls are very popular for pearl jewelry.

Pearl Color

Cultured freshwater pearls come in a wide array of colors. These colors range from white to black, and many colors in between. Unflawed, pure white pearls are extremely rare. Therefore, they are the most valued.

Pearl Surface

Mother Nature does not attempt to create perfection. Her creations are always unique. So, flaws are always expected when it comes to real pearls. A freshwater pearls value is determined by the number of blemishes existing on the outer surface of the gem. Fewer flaws equal to a greater value.

Pearl Nacre

A pearl’s nacre affects its durability, color evenness, and luster. Akoya pearls have the thinnest nacre of all pearl types. Freshwater pearls, on the other hand, have a very thick nacre. So, their luster is outstanding, making them a valuable type of pearl.

Shopping for Freshwater Pearls

Before you go shopping for pearls, be sure to do a little research. Knowing what you want in a pearl… brilliance, size, durability, flawless… will help you determine the best type of pearl for you. Freshwater cultured pearls are amazing for pearl necklaces, as well as other fine pearl jewelry.