How are pearls cultivated?
South Sea pearls
What is a cultured pearl?
What are baroque pearls?
How is a pearl’s value determined?
The pearl's value depends on seven factors:
Size – the bigger, the better
Shape – the more symmetrical, the better
Color and overtone – the value of color and overtone depends on the demand
Gloss/reflection – the more light reflected, the better
Surface quality – the fewer inclusions, the better
Mother-of-pearl quality/thickness of mother-of-pearl layer – the thicker, the better
Match – pearls that match others in a piece increase in value.