Consider the Freshwater pearl shape and lustre of the p […]
Consider the Freshwater pearl shape and lustre of the pearl. The rounder and more glowing the pearl, the more valuable it is. With a really good lustre, you can even see your face reflected on the surface.
Even if you don’t have courtly aspirations, the allure of pearl jewellery is clear: The way it reflects light off your face makes it the perfect accessory for subtle elegance. And for the professional woman who wants to up her game, it might be time to splash out on some real pearls.
But with so many varieties of pearls and wannabe pearls out there, how should a self-respecting fashionista go about selecting a really good piece of pearl jewellery? The options can be confusing.
South Sea pearls, which tend to be rounder, are more expensive because they are grown from oysters. The oysters require a sheltered bay with just enough current, and these exist only in a few places in the world, including in countries such as Australia, the Philippines and Myanmar. They are also at the mercy of natural disasters ranging from hurricanes to jellyfish invasions.
Diamonds are certified so that you know if they are natural or synthetic. But pearls are cultivated, so the certificate would not be giving you any useful information.
Other costume pieces can be made of plastic or glass. You can tell by looking at the surface, which may look as if it has been painted. Most real pearls have natural blemishes, but these are not evenly distributed. Another trick is to look at the hole that has been drilled in. The paint usually accumulates around the drill hole.
This season, the lustrous little orbs are much in demand. As anyone who has been shopping the high street or binge-watching will tell you – you can’t throw a crumpet on that show without hitting a female royal dripping in pearls. And who could forget how formidable the Queen looked in that standout green dress and pearls?