Real Pearls: Small Beautiful Imperfections

August 11, 2017 by Kiesha Joseph

Is this piece of jewelry made of fake or real pearls? When you are shopping for pearl jewelry, you’ll want to make sure that your necklace or pearl earrings are made with real pearls.

Recognizing Fake Pearls

Fake pearls are fairly common – they are prepared in laboratories and sold under many names. Some of them make it easy to identify them as fakes: they might be sold as costume, imitation, artificial, or simulated pearls. However, sometimes fake pearls are sold as Mallorca or Majorca pearls, which can make customers think that they are simply a variety of real pearl.

Luckily, with a little bit of prior knowledge, it’s easy to tell the difference between real or fake pearls. For example, fake pearls will actually be too perfect. They will be completely round and lustrous. If they’re in a necklace or bracelet, everyone will be exactly the same size. There will not be any ridges around the drill hole, and they will all be the same color.

Real pearls, on the other hand, will always have some sort of imperfection if you look closely. They will reflect light well and will have a unique depth of color. You’ll also notice that real pearls feel gritty if you rub them together or against your tooth, while fake pearls will usually be perfectly smooth. They will also be cool to the touch, even in hot weather.

Understanding Real Pearls

The most precious real pearls are those that are formed in nature. They develop when an irritant enters a mussel or oyster. The mollusk releases nacre, the same substance that forms the inside of its shell, and coats the irritant with it until it is no longer an annoyance.

While pearls formed in the wild are the most valuable, there are also many real pearls available that have been farmed. Pearls are farmed by intentionally inserting irritants into mollusks so that the nacre is released over time. It often takes about three years for this process to be completed.

If you are considering buying some beautiful pearl jewelry, you’ll want to learn how to identify real pearls. Luckily, it’s not difficult to do as long as you keep in mind the points laid out in this article regarding pearl color, texture, and size. If you’re not confident in your ability to identify real pearls, you can also protect yourself by buying your pearls from a respected source, such as The Pearl Source. We offer only the most beautiful and high-quality real pearls.