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Saltwater or Freshwater Cultured Pearls: What's the Difference?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 2:59:51 PM America/Chicago

There are two main categories of cultured pearls: saltwater cultured pearls and freshwater cultured pearls. When shopping for pearls, it is important to understand the differences since saltwater and freshwater pearls vary greatly in price and luster.

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Posted By Patti Dechter

Luster and Value

Friday, March 31, 2017 2:11:57 PM America/Chicago

Pearls have been a much-loved symbol of beauty for centuries.

Although there is no universally accepted standardized grading scale, pearls are evaluated based on 7 value factors. The seven factors are size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality, and matching. Each factor is important by itself, but it’s their relationship to each other that determines a pearl’s value. Of the seven value factors, luster is considered the most significant because it is what gives a pearl its unique beauty.

 

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