Choosing Quality

At Unique Pearl, we pride ourselves by only carrying clean or lightly blemished pearls. Blemishes however can be looked at as beauty rather then a problem because it shows the true beauty of nature, being able to produce such a spectacular gem.

Surface Quality

Since pearls are a product of nature, there are imperfections such as bumps, chips, and scratches. There are many types of surface characteristics which can be seen very easily or very subtly. They are divided into four classifications.

  • Clean - pearls that contain no blemishes or ones that are very difficult to see even with a trained eye
  • Lightly Blemished - pearls that show minor surface blemishes when looked at by a trained eye
  • Moderately Blemished - noticeable surface characteristics
  • Heavily Blemished - very obvious blemishes that can also affect durability of the pearl

Nacre Quality

Nacre is what is secreted over the nucleus in the mollusk to make the pearl. Thick nacre is usually better then thin nacre. You can determine thick nacre by looking at the pearl and seeing if it has a glow from the luster or thin nacre if it is cloudy or if you can see the nucleus inside. If a pearl has thin nacre it has a negative effect on the value. While thick nacre works closely with luster to enhance the value of the pearl.

Matching

Matching is important when making jewelry. When putting a strand together it is important that the pearls contain the same qualities in order for the strand to be valuable. Not all pearls on a strand have to be the same but symmetry through the piece is important and essential.