Q and A on Pearls
Happy Birthday June Babies! Here are some questions you may have about pearls.
Q: Why are freshwater pearls so much less in price compared to Akoya and South Sea cultured?
A: One reason is that they are plentiful. Each mollusk can produce dozens of pearls, unlike some other types, which can only grow one pearl per shell.
Q: Why are their knots between each pearl on pearl strands?
A: Because if your pearls are knocking up against one another on the strand, then they'll lose that nice luster they have. You will also have less chances of losing ALL your pearls if the strand breaks.
Q: I have a strand of pearls that shows too much string: Can it be fixed?
A: For sure. Just ask me and I'll restring them.
Q: What's a Majorca "Pearl"?
A: A brand name for an imitation pearl manufactured in Majorca, Spain. They are glass beads covered in an iridescent material made from fish scales.
Q: Should a strand of Tahitian pearls be black to be valuable?
A: Although most think Tahitian pearls are black, most are grey. Some are green-grey, blue-grey, or even grayish purple known as "aubergine." Yellowish green to greenish yellow Tahitian pearls are sometimes called "pistachio" in the trade. These unusual colors are popular, either alone or mixed. What makes these pearls exceptional is their iridescent overtone that can be blue to green, yellowish green, or pink to purple. Dark green-gray to blue-gray Tahitian peals with pink to purple overtones are highly prized and known by the trade term "peacock."
Most of this info comes from the Gemological Institute of America, so if you need more go to www.gia.edu