Welcome to the world of pearls. With the tremendous variety of
pearls on the market today, pearls are considered the least understood of all gemstones.
Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the different types of pearls,
pearl grading, their history and care.
One of the most important considerations in selecting a piece of pearl jewelry is
determining the type of pearl that is best suited to your budget and preference.
There are two basic varieties of cultured pearls; freshwater and saltwater. Freshwater
pearls are grown primarily in man-made lakes and reservoirs in China. Saltwater
pearls, which include akoya, Tahitian and South Sea, are grown in bays, inlets and
atolls in many places around the world. Saltwater pearls are considered more valuable
than freshwater pearls, although rare and very high-quality freshwater pearls can
be exceedingly valuable.
Pearl grading is one of the most difficult aspects of pearl selection to understand.
There is no officially recognized, standard system for grading pearls, except in
the case of Tahitian pearls, where grading and export is controlled by the French
Polynesian government. For that reason, it is important to understand the grading
used by the company from which you purchase. A detailed explanation of luster, surface,
shape and color is necessary to make an educated purchase decision. We invite you
to examine our grading system in detail.
Pearls are the world’s only organic gemstone, and therefore, tend to be quite delicate.
Proper care of your pearl jewelry is essential to ensure your investment will last
a lifetime. Personal care products, such as perfume or hairspray, can severely damage
the luster and beauty of a pearl. With each piece of pearl jewelry ordered from
PearlParadise.com, you will receive a pearl-care kit with instructions on how to
care for your purchase.