It was 1987 when I first became intrigued with the beautiful and very rare conch pearl. Also known as pink pearls, these calcareous concretions are produced by the queen conch (pronounced konk), which is found only in the warm waters of the Caribbean. The pearls produced by the queen conch are so rare that only one conch in ten thousand produces a pearl. And only one in one hundred pearls found are of gem quality.

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6 Ways to Determine Pearl Quality

When you’re looking for your perfect pearl, the first thing to do is touch it. It should feel cool, somewhat heavy for its size and have a gritty texture if you rub it against another pearl. These three factors will indicate you’re looking at a real pearl, and not a clever fake. To get the highest-caliber genuine pearl, your next order of business is to check out six different factors used to determine a pearl’s overall quality.

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Pearl Grading Made Simple

Pearls come in such a variety of shapes, colors, sizes and types that it would be tough to agree upon a fair price for buying and selling without some type of grading system. Pearls have two grading systems that are acceptable to use throughout the industry. One is the AAA-A system and the other is the A-D system, also known as the Tahitian system. The AAA-A system is most common with freshwater and akoya pearls, although it can be used for pearls of any type. The A-D System is used only when assessing Tahitian and South Sea pearls Continue reading “Pearl Grading Made Simple”

How to Best Care for Your Pearls

You know that jewelry you sometimes take off and toss right into your jewelry box? Don’t do that with your pearls. While pearls are resilient, resistant to shock and can stand up to constant wear, they are also delicate and require special care. With the proper care and attention, your pearls can easily last for generations. And proper care and attention means treating your pearls as the precious gems they are.

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