Now you may be thinking, how much are pearls worth? Can I afford them? Will they break the bank if I get them? Before you consider even buying pearls, you need to know the different types of pearl that exist, ensuring that you are able to get familiar with what kind of price to expect for what and so on.
Popular Types of Pearls
Here is a list of the most popular pearls that exist:
- South Sea pearls
- Saltwater pearls
- Freshwater pearls
- Akoya pearls
- Cultured pearls
- Natural pearls
- Whole pearls
- Tahitian pearls
- Blister pearls
As you can see there are many different types. Once you know the specific type you want, it will help you understand what kind of pricing to expect when buying pearls. Below are some features that you need to know when considering to buy pearls or pearl jewellery:
- Nacre thickness
The Akoya pearl is often a lot more expensive than that of the freshwater pearls. An oyster in the sea typically produces just one or two saltwater pearls. The Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea are Saltwater pearls, which come out with a lustrous look.
Nowadays, freshwater pearls seem to be the most popular due to their affordable price and high quality look. However, the price depends on quality and size and while buying you need to understand all of these features. The colour usually can be from pink or white. This will help to ensure that you have an authentic pearl or pearl jewellery. On the other hand, you would find whole pearls having a higher price than the Blister and Mabe pearls. Usually larger the size, the larger its value. The Akoya pearls and freshwater pearls usually have a diameter ranging from 9-19mm. It’s important to get familiar with what size to expect as this will help you to make the right choice.
The colour of a Pearl is defined by a combination of the body colour and the overtone colour. The body colour combinations, which you can opt for example are:
- A white overtone light pink body colour
- A dark yellow with a yellow shade for the Akoya pearls
- A cream colour (where the lighter shade carries a lower price)
Conclusion: Can I afford to be Buying Pearls?
Saltwater pearls are usually light yellowish in colour. The golden natural colour of South Sea Pearls is another nice colour. People generally prefer a pink overtone than the white ones. The greenish or yellowish overtones usually reduce the price of white pearls, which is good if you are buying pearls on a budget.
Ever sat and thought:
How Much Are Pearls Worth?
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