QUALITY RATING SCALES

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls are quite possibly the most versatile variety of pearls produced today. They grow in nearly every conceivable shape, the widest range of sizes, and exhibit a palate of pastel colors ranging from dark purple, to light pink and white. Freshwater pearls grow predominately in China, and to a much lesser extent in Japan. While the most commonly produced shapes are baroque, a very small percentage, less than 2% of total production, are considered round or very near round. Our primary focus is that top 2%, selecting only the roundest, cleanest, most lustrous product available on the market today to offer our customers.

Pearl Grading Scale

Luster

Luster is essentially the reflective quality or brilliance of the surface of the pearl nacre. The more lustrous the pearl, the more it shines and reflects light and images. In general, saltwater pearls tend to have greater luster than freshwater pearls. Pearls with low luster appear white or chalky, rather than brilliant and shiny.

Inclusion

There are different types of growth characteristics, including blemish, dull spots, dull ground substance, needle-shape growth characteristics and tiny bumps, but also dull spots or spots of a lighter or darker color. Growth characteristics that are immediately visible to the naked eye are graded stricter than those situated near the strand hole.

Shape

Because pearls are natural organic substances, they occur in a wide variety of shapes, many of which are unique and interesting. Every pearl has a slightly different shape. Round pearls most commonly seen are by no means the only shape. However, generally the rounder the pearl, higher the value, perfectly round pearls are actually quite rare.

Matching

Pearl matching is evaluation of the complete appearance of a pearl strand, pair or multi-pearl piece of jewelry. Matching can include size, color and quality. A well-matched strand is composed of pearls that complement each pearl above and below, and directly across as the strand drapes.

Nacre

Nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl, is a crystalline substance that creates the iridescent visual effect attributed to pearls. Nacre is an organic substance secreted by mollusks over an intruding irritant or implanted nucleus. It is a strong and resilient material that is lightweight and transparent, allowing light to pass through its surface, creating a subtle glow on the pearl’s surface.

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Troy, MI  48085 

( Rochester at Long Lake )

 

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