Just like diamonds, pearls are a woman’s best friend. They are elegant, timeless, classic and you can wear them with just about any item of clothing. You can wear the same pieces of pearl jewellery on both casual and formal occasions. But you have to prepare to shell out a considerable amount of money if you want to own pearl jewellery because it does not come cheap. Pearls can be so expensive that only the richest can buy some pieces produced.
The bigger the pearl’s size, the more expensive it is. The reason behind this is because it takes longer to form than smaller ones. Even if the smaller ones are of the same quality, lustre and smoothness, the larger ones will still fetch a higher price.
Naturally occurring round pearls are more costly, because they are the hardest shape to form. If the cultured pearls are not round, manufacturers still have to shape them into the desired roundness and size. There are some exceptions to this factor. Some collectors and pearl enthusiasts go after irregular-shaped ones, and these are also very valuable.
Both cultured and natural pearls come in different hues and colours. Warm tones include pink, orange and yellow, while cool hues include violet, green and blue hues. They are all valuable, but the white ones are still more expensive, especially if they do not have any imperfections on their surface and their colour is fine and balanced. There are three aspects to a pearl’s colour:
- Body colour. It is the pearl’s overall primary colour.
- Overtone. It can be one or more colours over the pearl’s body colour.
- Orient. It is a sheen of rainbow colours on the pearl’s surface.
All pearls possess body colour, but not all have overtone and orient.
It is what gives the pearl its natural look and beauty. There are five determinants of lustre:
- Excellent is when the reflections on the surface of the pearl appear sharp and bright.
- Very good is when the reflections are bright but not too sharp.
- Good is when the reflections are bright but not sharp, and the edges appear slightly hazy.
- Fair is when the reflections appear blurred and weak.
- Poor is when the reflections on the pearl’s surface are diffused and dark.
Just like any other precious stones, pearls rarely achieve perfection. There are some that have abrasions on their surface or a flattened area or a ridge that can affect its overall shape. If the imperfections on the surface are numerous, they can affect the pearl’s value.
Pearls come in different types, and they also determine how many people can buy them. Jewellery makers may polish or enhance them or leave them in their natural condition, whatever makes their value go up. If you want to own your first pearl jewellery, try Claudia Bradby pearls. They have the most elegant pieces that you can easily afford, and you can be sure that the pearls are genuine.