Baroque refers to all pearls that aren’t perfect sphere […]
Baroque refers to all pearls that aren’t perfect spheres. In other words, if it isn’t perfectly round, it is considered a baroque pearl. The most common type of baroque pearls are freshwater pearls, with over 90% of these coming in various shapes. Only less than 10% of freshwater pearls are round, which means that the vast majority of these pearls are baroque. But these are not the only types of pearls which are baroque. Saltwater pearls, as well as cultured and natural ones, also come in baroque shapes. Even some Akoya pearls, which are best known for their perfectly round specimens, have baroque shapes.
Baroque pearls come in a variety of shapes from tiny to large. In fact, there are over 12 main types of baroque pearls to choose from, including Keshi, twin, potato, coin, baroque and rice pearls. Not all of these are equally sought after in jewelry, with some being more valued for their pearlescence, shape and luster.
When choosing your jewelry with misshapen pearls, examine the piece carefully to see if the shape and style of the pearls are what you are seeking. If purchasing online, it is important to buy from a site that shows you high quality images of the piece.
When evaluating the value of your baroque pearls, the most important aspect to focus on is the type of the pearl. As I mentioned above, most of the baroque pearls on the market are freshwater. However, these are not as valuable as other types of pearls. For example, a Tahitian baroque pearl will be worth much more than a freshwater one.
Some other factors that determine the value of these types of pearls are their unique shapes, how large the pearl is, how well the pearl reflects light, how lustrous it appears and finally how unique the color of the pearl is (darker pearls are always more valuable due to their rarity).
Having said this, baroque pearls are generally more inexpensive than other pearl types. Because the majority of pearls are imperfect, they are more readily available. Creating a strand of baroque pearls is much less difficult than putting together a strand of perfect ones. This reflects in the price making baroque pearls a great alternative to expensive pearls.