Mother Nature constantly identifies her creations, and these distinct inclusions and markings can function as an in-built ID system, identifying the pearls as yours and yours alone. Pure does not sell any AA+ Quality round loose or matched South Sea pearl pairs; all round pearl earrings, pendants, and rings offered on Pure are exclusively AAA Quality. There are no South Sea pearls of lower quality or rating so you can be confident that you are buying what they call "AAA" stones.
The South Sea is an island group in the Pacific Ocean. It consists of four major islands: Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and Vanuatu. Pearl farming began in Samoa around 1870 and today accounts for nearly 100% of its exports.
There are several varieties of South Sea pearls, but only two are considered "quality" because it takes a good pearl year after year to achieve this level of quality. These are the Tahitian pearl and the Malaysian pearl. The rest are called "spoiled" or "imperfect shells" and are not considered valuable. They may have some market appeal due to their unique appearance, but they would not be classified as diamonds or gold because they lack transparency and symmetry. Pearls are valued based on their color, shape, and luster. The better the grade, the higher the price.
Tahitian pearls are by far the most popular type of South Sea pearl in the industry.
For every AAA Japanese Akoya cultivated pearl necklace, American Pearl can supply you with a GIA certificate. Many customers inquire about appraisals and certifications when purchasing a superb strand of cultivated pearls from American Pearl. There is no doubt about that. But until they are worn by someone who has not been reported to have any medical conditions related to mercury exposure, they are still beautiful jewelry.
The truth is that most certified diamonds and pearls are worth more than their weight in gold. That's because there are limits on the amount of precious metals that can be used in art and jewelry. When this limit is reached, the remaining material is valued based on its beauty. In other words, your diamond or pearl is priceless because nobody will ever sell it for less than its value.
The problem is that you can't see priceless things unless they're hanging on someone's neck. Which is why certified diamonds and pearls usually come with some kind of documentation saying that what you're wearing is actually valuable. This document is called a certificate. It can be a paper copy or an electronic record stored in a database. No matter how well done, certificates are just pieces of paper or plastic. They could be fake or lost if something bad happens to them.
At least 95% of the surface of the pearl is immaculate, with the remaining 5% having little concentrated flaws. AAAA High-Grade Tahitian pearls account for the top 5-10% of the pearl harvest and may be purchased in premium jewelry retailers. Tahitian pearls account for only 2% of the world's pearl crop. They are known for their rich color, intensity, and durability and can sell for up to $100 per bead.
Pearl quality is based on a scale of A to E; the higher the grade, the better the pearl. These pearls are used for jewelry items that will not be worn often or washed frequently. They are most commonly found in strands or pendants but can also be found single.
Pearl grades are determined by a grading table developed by the International Pearl Association (IPA). The IPA grades pearls from A to E according to physical defects they contain. Grade A pearls are completely free of defects, while grade E pearls have many large holes or are completely cracked.
In addition to being graded by quality, pearls are also classified by shape. There are three main categories of pearl shapes: round, oval, and teardrop. Round pearls are perfect spheres; they cannot be divided into two equal parts without cutting them apart. Oval pearls have two sides that are not exactly alike - one side is usually slightly rounded while the other has a sharper point.
A genuine pearl has a distinct pearl brilliance and a natural, rough texture. This is due to the fact that it has microscopic ridges on its surface. These ridges may be imperceptible to the naked eye. Experts and jewelers, on the other hand, can use a magnifying lens to examine the "natural faults" in a pearl. They believe that this gives pearls a more distinctive look and also makes them more valuable.
Pearls are formed when an oyster deposits a nugget of calcium carbonate into a special gland within its mantle. The pearl grows over time until it's large enough for the oyster to die. At this point, it releases the pearl from its body. It is then ready to be harvested by someone who knows how to find them.
Although they are beautiful and valuable, not all pearls are equal. There are two main types of pearls: cultured and wild-caught. Wild-caught pearls are found on dead shells or discarded fish nets and have not been treated with chemicals. They tend to be smaller and less valuable than cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are produced in factories where workers clean the shells and apply chemicals to make the nacre (the layer of mother of pearl inside the shell) softer so that it can be separated from the shell. This process removes the death nail (a remnant of the former life of the shellfish) while leaving the pearl intact. It can then be sold individually or as part of a stringed jewelry collection.