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Cultured Freshwater Pearl Grading

The tremendous popularity of freshwater cultured pearls is due to the variety of shapes and colors which cover a full range, included in the most valuable and beautiful jewelry pieces, and average necklaces. This grading scale depicts round and near round freshwater pearls; considered the most valuable and rarest of freshwater pearls. Unless denoted as baroques, all freshwater pearl jewelry on PearlParadise.com is composed of round or near-round pearls.
 
Pearl Grade Description
Freshadama™

Freshadama-grade pearls are loose-grade pearls, or pearls that have been selected individually prior to drilling and polishing for their exceptional quality characteristics. These pearls are typically sold wholesale as single pearls and pairs, undrilled. Freshadama™ strands are composed of these pearls; drilled and matched by us.

 

  • Highest grade of freshwater pearl
  • Exhibit intense luster and deeply reflective orient
  • Round
  • Clean surface
  • Top .01% of freshwater pearls produced today
  • Excellent matching
  • Highest grade of necklace-quality freshwater pearl
  • Exhibit excellent luster
  • Round to near round to the eye
  • Virtually clean surface of 95% or better
  • Top 1% of freshwater pearls produced today
  • Excellent matching
  • Highest grade of freshwater pearl
  • Near round, appear perfect round from a yard away
  • Clean surface of 90% or better
  • Top 5% of freshwater pearls produced today
  • Excellent to good matching
  • Exhibit good to average luster
  • Near round to off-round
  • Slight surface blemishing covering less than 20% of surface
  • Top 10% of freshwater pearls produced today
  • Good to moderate matching
  • Exhibit average to low luster
  • Near round to off-round
  • Moderate blemishing covering less than 30% of surface
  • Top 20% of freshwater pearls produced today
  • Good to moderate matching
  • Exhibit average to no luster
  • Near round to off-round
  • Moderate to heavy blemishing
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