Shapes of Akoya Pearls

If you read our last blog, then you have an awareness and working knowledge of what Akoya Pearls are and where they come from. In this blog we are going to explore a bit more in-depth the gorgeous shapes that Akoya Pearls come in.

Many people assume that only high quality pearls are perfectly round. This thought process could not be further from the truth. Another common misconception is that pearls that are irregular in shape are “natural pearls”. Pearls are a naturally formed gem, because the process is not entirely controlled by human hands, gorgeous shapes evolve. Pearls that are not perfectly round are not considered natural pearls. In fact, if anyone tries to sell you a “natural pearl” it would serve you well to run. In today’s pearl market, 99.9% of all pearls are cultured pearls. Meaning that they are farmed and harvested. There are many laws forbidding the hunting of wild oysters for their pearls. As a result, they are nearly impossible to find, and if you did “find one” a red flag should be waving. All pearls, like their gorgeous rainbow of colors come in a variety of shapes. The most well-known are pearls are perfectly round, then near round, baroque, tear-drop and button. When selecting a shape of pearl, there is no right or wrong shape to choose. It is based entirely upon preference and personal style.

Here is a great example of how shapes for Akoya Pearls can vary slightly. While to the layman’s eye, both of these pearls could easily be considered to be round. But in order for a pearl to be classified as round, it must be perfectly round. If you look closely, the pearl on the right is not perfectly round. This shape is called “near round”.

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Because Akoya Pearls are smaller in overall size than South Sea or Tahitian Pearls, the shapes they come in are not nearly as exaggerated. Teardrop and button shaped pearls are common in the larger sizes of pearls (South Sea and Tahitians). Because of its smaller shape, Akoya Pearls are not typically given the classification of button or teardrop shape. For example, South Sea Pearls can grow as large as 27mm (granted this would be quite rare). But because of its size, a baroque South Sea Pearl would be more irregular in shape than a baroque Akoya Pearl.

Here is a great example of what would be considered a baroque Akoya Pearl and a baroque South Sea Pearl. You can see how the difference in size impacts the irregular shape of these beautiful pearls.

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If you are considering an Akoya Pearl Necklace, we invite you to explore our website which has hundreds of gorgeous Akoya Pearl Strands. Each necklace has been individually photographed and graded. The piece that you are viewing is the actual piece that you will receive. If you live in the Los Angeles area, we would love to have you visit our showroom. We are open to the public and you never need an appointment. Our passion is pearls, and we look forward to sharing this passion with you.

Akoya Pearls

Even if you love pearls but know very little about them, you have probably noticed that there are many different types, sizes and colors of pearls. In this blog, we are going to discuss one of the three main types of pearls: Akoya Pearls. Saltwater pearls come in three main varieties: Akoya Pearls, Tahitian Pearls and South Sea Pearls. Pearls are classified by the region they are harvested from. For example, Akoya Pearls come primarily from the warm coastal waters of Japan. For each type of pearl, a different type of oyster is responsible for its development. The Pinctada Fucata oyster is the oyster that produces Akoya Pearls. This oyster only survives in the waters near Japan. As a result, Akoya Pearls could never be harvested in the French Polynesia (where Tahitian Pearls are from) or near Australia, Indonesia or the Philippines (where South Sea Pearls are from). Therefore, when you see a specific type of pearl or hear its name, you know exactly what region in the world it is from.

Akoya Pearls are the most common type of pearl. Chances are if you have seen a beautiful strand of pearls, they are most likely Akoya Pearls. For decades, these little gems have been the main staple of women’s pearl jewelry.

One of the beautiful things about the world of pearls is the beautiful variety of colors that they come in. Akoya Pearls come in shades ranging from pure white, to ivory, to silver; soft pink and rarer shades include blue, pistachio and champagne. Akoya Pearls can also be found in dark green and black tones. These darker colors are not natural colors for Akoya Pearls and have been chemically enhanced. One of the unique aspects of pearl colors is the gorgeous overtones that they have. For example, an Akoya Pearl can be white but have a silver overtone. Or, a silver Akoya Pearl can have a green overtone – you can imagine how incredible the combination of these colors and overtones can be!

Here is a gorgeous example of the different colors and overtones that Akoya Pearls come in:

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Of the three types of pearls (Akoya Pearls, South Sea Pearls and Tahitian Pearls), Akoya Pearls are the smallest in size. Akoya Pearls range in size from 2mm all the way to 10mm. The most common size of Akoya Pearl is 7mm.

Here is a great example of a 2mm, a 5mm, a 7mm and a 10mm Akoya Pearl:

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In our next blog we are going to explore more in-depth the gorgeous shapes of Akoya Pearls. Check back soon!

What is nacre?

If you have either bought a strand of pearls or done any amount of research on pearls, then most likely, the term nacre has probably come up. And, if you are like most, you just know that the nacre is important – but are not really sure why. In this blog we are going to illuminate why nacre is so important, how it develops, and why it is factored into the overall grade.

Nacre is the outer coating of a pearl. When an oyster is nucleated, the nucleus is irritating to the shell. In order to protect itself from this irritant, the oyster secretes nacre around the nucleus to protect itself from the foreign object. Nacre is also referred to as ‘Mother of Pearl’ and is the same gorgeous and shimmery material that lines the interior of a mollusk.  Nacre is deposited in the thinnest of coatings as the pearl is developing. The layers are actually quite similar to the layers of an onion. Pearls with a short harvest time, tend to have a more thin nacre. Pearls that are allowed longer to cultivate have more layers and therefore a more thick nacre.

Pearls that have a thin nacre may appear beautiful at the time, but as they age, the nacre will wear off thus ultimately removing the luster of the pearl. When this happens, the pearl has a dull and chalky appearance. As a result, pearls that have a higher quality nacre are more valuable and will last significantly longer and maintain their luster in contrast to pearls with a thin nacre.

As we discussed earlier, freshwater pearls are made up entirely of nacre, whereas saltwater pearls have a nucleus with the nacre forming around the nucleus. As a result, the thickness of the nacre is an attribute that applies only to saltwater pearls.

At Seven Seas Pearls, all pearls are rated individually and then each rating is averaged out for a total grade. The rating that Seven Seas Pearls’ uses for the absolute best nacre is “top” from there the nacre is rated Very Thick, Top, Medium and Thin.

Here is an example of the difference between a pearl with top rated nacre and thin nacre – can you see how the nacre dramatically impacts the luster and glow?

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Here is another example of nacre with a less extreme difference between the grades. The pearl on the left has a rating of very thick nacre and the pearl on the right has a rating of medium nacre.

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As you can see from the above images, the thickness of the pearl nacre has a dramatic impact on the overall quality, luster and beauty of a pearl. Check back soon for our next blog on Akoya Pearls!

Why is surface clarity so important for pearls?

When considering a piece of jewelry (pearl, gemstone or diamond) the term “clarity” comes up rather frequently. In past blogs we have explored how pearls are graded and how Seven Seas Pearls grades pearls in contrast to the pearl industry. Surface clarity is a term that is used frequently to describe the overall quality of a pearl – here in this blog we are going to explore in depth why the surface clarity of a pearl is such an important factor to consider when making a pearl jewelry purchase.

The obvious first question is “what is surface clarity” – surface clarity, much like its name implies is how smooth or without flaws the surface of a pearl is. Since pearls are formed by the insertion of a nucleus, the nacre develops around it and results in layers being built around the nucleus. Since the process of nacre layers developing is a naturally occurring process (without human intervention) there is no way to guarantee the quality of the surface clarity. The surface of a pearl can be incredibly smooth – without indentations or flaws or it can be incredibly flawed and have many dents. As we mentioned in a previous blog, like when buying a diamond, it is important to have a balance of all the aspects of how a pearl is graded. If you have a pearl with excellent luster – but poor surface clarity, the pearl will have a dingy appearance. The same would be true with a pearl that had excellent clarity, but poor luster. This is one of the reasons why Seven Seas Pearls grade pearls on each individual aspect and then those ratings are averaged out for an overall grade.

As you are probably very familiar with by now, pearls are graded universally on the AAA grading system. Seven Seas Pearls has added an extra category that describes pearls that have perfect clarity. For perfect surface clarity, this term is AAA Flawless.

Here is an excellent example of how important surface clarity is. Here are two pearls that have the same rating of luster – but as you can see, one has very poor surface clarity (rated A+) and the other has very good surface clarity (AAA Flawless).

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As always, extreme differences are easy to see and take notice of. Here is an example of two pearls that are a little closer on the rating scale – even still, it is easy to see the difference in surface clarity and ultimately why they are graded differently. The pearl on the left has a surface clarity rating of AAA and the one on the right has a rating of AA – can you see the difference?

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As you can see, pearls with a higher quality surface clarity allow the pearl’s luster to really glow and reflect the light. As a result, pearls with a high surface quality are more valuable and desirable than pearls with a lower grade.

The next aspect of pearls that we are going to explore is nacre and why it is so important. Check back soon for our next blog.

Why is luster so important for pearls?

If you have been reading our blog, then you have heard us use the term “Luster” – while you can probably guess just from the name what this refers to, in this blog we are going to give you a more in depth understanding as to just what luster is and why it is such an important consideration when purchasing a piece of pearl jewelry.

The obvious question is “what is luster”.

When you hear “luster” it makes it easier to think of it as the amount of light or glow to a particular pearl or strand of pearls. Light is reflected off of a surface, the luster of a pearl refers to how much light as well as the quality of light that is reflected from the pearl. Pearls can have excellent to very pool luster. Pearls with very pool luster appear dull and have almost a chalky plastic appearance. In contrast, pearls with excellent luster will glow and shine. The luster has a dramatic impact on the overall price of a pearl, the reason being that not many women would be impressed with a string of pearls that had the same amount of glow as a bunch of small rocks.

Here is an excellent example of a pearl with excellent and very poor luster – it’s pretty easy to tell the difference isn’t it?

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That was an example of two extremes – one pearl with perfect luster – and a pearl with absolutely terrible luster. Naturally there are grade variations in between these two examples. If you remember from previous blogs, one thing that we have highlighted many times is how Seven Seas Pearls’ grading system is different than any other pearl grading system. Ultimately, Seven Seas Pearls grades each pearl on their individual criteria: luster, surface clarity and nacre. Others just give the pearl an overall average grade. With our system, it is easy to see exactly the quality of luster you are receiving. The universal grading system for pearls is the AAA grading system. At Seven Seas Pearls, we have added an extra category for pears with perfect luster. These pearls are given a rating of AAA Gem. The rating scale goes from AAA Gem, AAA, AA+, AA, A+ to A ratings. A pearl with the rating of “A” will have very pool luster. Here are a few examples so that you can see for yourself the difference of pearls with various luster ratings.

For example, here is a pearl with AAA Gem rating (very high) and an AA rating (not so high). Can you see the difference between the glow of the pearl on the left and the pearl on the right?

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As you can see from these above examples, the luster of a pearl makes a huge difference on their overall appearance and beauty. It is easy to see why pearls with a higher grade luster are more valuable than pearls that have poor luster. Check back soon for our next blog on surface clarity and why it is so important.

Pearls and Their Shapes

If you have made it this far in our blog, chances are that you are a bit more savvy when it comes to purchasing pearls than the average person. Now, when a sales clerk presents you with a strand of pearls that has poor surface clarity, high luster and the grading of AAA – you now know to run.

Now, we are going to take what you have learned and push you just a bit further. One aspect of the overall pearl grading system is their shape. The shape of the pearl does not factor into their overall grading – but it is very important to be familiar with. Commonly people believe that all pearls are round. This is a common misconception for a  very good reason. Akoya Pearls are the most common type of pearl and if you see a woman wearing a beautiful strand of pearls – chances are that they are Akoyas. While Akoya Pearls can come in different shapes, the most common shape is round or near round. This round or near round shape is a result of the way that they are farmed and cultivated. As a result of the popularity of Akoya Pearls, many people assume that round is the only shape pearls come in.

Here we are going to give you a visual illustration of the different shapes of pearls – starting with the most well known: the round and near round shaped pearl. At Seven Seas Pearls, when a pearl is classified as “round” this means that it is literally a perfect round. It is common for this term “round” to be used loosely by many people and sometimes while a pearl may appear round, it won’t be a perfect round. If a pearl is round – but not perfect, it is given the classification of near round.

Here is an excellent illustration of a perfectly round pearl (on the left) and a near round pearl on the right. Can you see the subtle differences?

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A pearl shape that you may have seen, but not recognized until now is what is referred to as baroque pearls. These are pearls that are irregular in shape, they are gorgeous free forms and each pearl is unique. Some pearls are classified as “baroque” and some are classified as semi baroque. As you can see from the image below, the one on the left is a baroque pearl and the one on the right is a semi baroque. The semi baroque is still irregular in shape – but not as much as the other baroque pearl.

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The last common shape of pearl classification that we are going to review are tear drop pearls. Commonly, these pearls are referred to pear shaped pearls – but this term is not accurate. As you can imagine, tear drop pearls are in the shape of a tear – rounded at one end and pointed and the other. While these types of pearls are irregular in shape – they are not baroque pearls. Below is a great visual illustration of a round pearl, a baroque pearl and a tear drop pearl.

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In our next blog we will explore the differences between fresh and saltwater pearls. – We might even teach you how to tell them apart, stay tuned!

What to Look for When Understanding a Pearl’s Grade

Pearls are very much like fine wine – did we catch your attention? Well, it’s true. If you know nothing about wine, you may be able to appreciate the taste of a reserve Syrah, but if you know what to look for in the tannins, the bouquet, the color – chances are you will be tasting the same wine with a whole new perspective and appreciation. The same goes for pearls. To an untrained eye, they are just little round shiny gems of the sea. But to someone who knows what to look for, they bring on a whole new appreciation for their color, their shape, luster, nacre and overtones. It is for this reason that we have dedicated the past couple of blogs to educating consumers on what to look for when purchasing pearls. To an untrained or unknowing eye, varying quality pearl strands can look the same under a shiny glass case.

In our past blogs we explained the industry standards for grading pearls in contrast to how we grade pearls at Seven Seas Pearls. In case you need a refresher, at Seven Seas Pearls we use the same AAA-A grading system that is widely used in the United States. However, we take this grading system a step further. We grade pearls separately on its clarity, nacre and luster. For example, a pearl may receive the grade of AA for its surface clarity, AAA for its luster and have top rated nacre. While this pearl scored incredibly high in two of the three areas, it will still only receive the overall grade of AA – according to our standards at Seven Seas Pearls. This is a very important point to understand when purchasing pearls. Additionally, we have added a grading criterion to describe pearls that are essentially perfect. The traditional AAA-A grading system only goes as high to rate pearls that have a 90%-98% clean surface. At Seven Seas Pearls, we have added the rating AAA Flawless to describe pearls that have a 99.99% clean surface. – As you can see, there is a large discrepancy between 90% and 99.99%. The same is true for luster. At Seven Seas Pearls, pearls that have perfect luster are given the rating of AAA Gem, if the nacre is excellent; it is rated “top”. Many pearls on today’s market receive just an overall grade, as you now know; this is not how we grade our pearls at Seven Seas Pearls. To make sure you know exactly the quality of pearls you are getting, it is important to look at the grading for each of the three categories.

You might be thinking that as long as the pearl is rated AA or AAA for clarity what does it matter? Well, it matters a lot – and we will show you.

Here is an excellent example of a pearl that has perfect surface clarity – but very poor luster. See how it compares to the more lustrous pearl on the right? If you were going to buy a pearl that had received the grading of AAA for its surface clarity, chances are you would be disappointed because the luster is almost non-existent. While the clarity is perfect, chances are not many women would be excited about wearing a pearl strand that lacked the expected shine and glow.

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Additionally, pearls can have incredible luster but have poor surface clarity. These pearls are easy to fall in love with upon first glance. But a closer second look will reveal a flawed surface. Pearls with a high luster help conceal surface imperfections – which is part of the reason why you should always know how the pearl is graded. Both of these pearls below have incredible luster, they would glow in a room from a distance – but can you see the surface flaws in the pearl on the right? See how it compares to the smooth and perfect surface of the pearl on the left?

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We hope that the various grading scales and the importance of having a pearl graded separately by its clarity, nacre and luster make a bit more sense now. In our next blog we will talk about and give visual explanations to the various shapes of pearls.  Check back soon!

How Pearls are Graded by the Industry and by Seven Seas Pearls

If you read our last blog, then by now you probably have a solid basic understanding of how pearls are graded and some of the criteria involved in determining the grade that a pearl receives. In our last blog, we highlighted the similarities and differences between how pearls and diamonds are graded. As we previously mentioned, universally, pearls are graded as a whole piece. At Seven Seas Pearls, each pearl is graded by the individual criteria – luster, nacre and surface clarity and then averaged out for an overall grade. Additionally, we have added an additional category of grading pearls that are flawless, have the best possible luster and have the best possible nacre. Our method of grading ensures that our clients fully understand the exact quality of the pearl they are receiving.

The most common method of grading pearls in the industry is the AAA-A pearl grading system. As could be inferred from the name (AAA-A) pearls with a rating of AAA are considered to be the highest quality. These pearls are virtually flawless and will have a very high luster and excellent nacre (more on that later). At least 95% of the pearl surface will be free of defects.

At Seven Seas Pearls, we have added an additional category for the pearls that are flawless, have the best possible luster and nacre. For pearls that have 99.9% of their surface free from defects, we rate these pearls AAA Flawless. Pearls that have the best possible luster for that type of pearl are rated AAA Gem, and if the nacre is excellent, it is rated “top”. For example, according to the way Seven Seas Pearls grades pearls, the best possible pearl would be rated AAA Flawless for surface clarity, AAA Gem for luster and Top for the best nacre. In comparison to other rated pearls, they would receive a grade of AAA. Essentially, our grading system gives the buyer much more valuable information about the quality of pearl they have purchased. Moving forward, we will be referencing the AAA-A grading system with additional criteria (Flawless, Gem and Top) that we have added to it at Seven Seas Pearls.

This is an excellent example of an AAA Flawless rated pearl (on the left) and an A rated pearl (on the right). Can you see the difference in the surface clarity and luster?

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Pearls that have a grade of AA will also be very high in luster. The main difference between a pearl with a grading of AAA vs AA will be the surface defects. Pearls with the grading of AA will have at least 80% of the pearl surface free from defects.

Below is an example of two pearls one that is rated AAA and one that is rated AA. As you can see, the AAA rated pearl (one on the left) has a much cleaner surface and is free from defects. The AA rated pearl (the one on the right), while still stunning, has more surface defects than the AAA rated pearl.

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The lowest jewelry grade pearls will receive a grade of A. These pearls have significantly less luster and more than 25% of the pearl’s surface will have defects. Sometimes, pearls with a grading of “A” will be used in a piece of jewelry to camouflage the defects. Essentially, this allows people to purchase a beautiful piece of jewelry for a lower price.

Typically, at Seven Seas Pearls we do not offer pearls with the grading of “A”. While pearls with this grading are still beautiful, it is not the caliber of pearl we wish to offer our clients. Pearls with a rating of “A” will have surface defects of more than 35%. Additionally, the luster will be poor and the nacre will be thin. Below on the left is a AAA rated pearl and on the right is an “A” rated pearl. Can you see the difference in the luster and the surface clarity?

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In our next blog we will outline the importance of having the pearl clarity, nacre and luster graded separately and why this is an important consideration when buying a piece of pearl jewelry. Check back soon!

Note: I know that additionally there id AA+ and A+ in the grading system. This blog was already almost double the length it should ideally be, and I didn’t think that adding the additional two tiers was necessary since we are covering the basics. If you disagree, just please let me know and I’ll put it in. Thanks!

How Pearls are Graded

If you love the intricate beauty of pearls, then you have come to the right place. Our goal with this blog is to help educate people on what distinguishes one pearl from another as well as develop a deeper appreciation for these exquisite gems of the sea.

For starters, there are two main classes of pearls – saltwater and freshwater pearls. The majority of freshwater pearls are farmed in China. Saltwater pearls are known for their high luster. In contrast to oysters that Saltwater pearls come from, Freshwater pearls come from mussels. Universally, saltwater pearls are considered to be of very high value. In a future blog, we will spend more time outlining the vast difference in quality between salt and freshwater pearls. For the most part, the overwhelming majority of this blog will be solely dedicated to the discussion of saltwater pearls.

Pearls are graded in a very similar fashion to diamonds. Pearls however have their own grading scale. At Seven Seas Pearls, there is always a certified GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Pearl Graduate on site so you can be sure you are getting the exact quality you are paying for. For the time being, there are two systems of grading that are commonly used: the AAA – A system and the A-D system. The AAA – A system is the most popular system of grading in the United States and is also the system that Seven Seas Pearls uses to grade pearls.  While this is the system we use, we also take our grading one step further (we will explain more about that in a bit). Because the AAA -A grading system is the most popular and also the system we use, we will explore how pearls are graded according to this system in this blog.

Many people are very familiar with the diamond grading scale. The two most important criteria for diamonds to be graded on are the color and clarity. If you have ever spent time looking at diamonds, you know that it is very important to have a balance of these two factors. A diamond that has brilliant color can appear lifeless and dull if the clarity is poor. Adversely, if a diamond has perfect clarity and the color is off, again the diamond would be less than desirable.

Typically pearls are graded as a whole piece – this is very different from diamonds. Diamonds are graded individually on cut, color, clarity and carat. At Seven Seas Pearls, we feel that it is important to grade each pearl individually on their luster, surface clarity and nacre. At Seven Seas Pearls, when a pearl is graded in each of these categories, the overall grade is averaged out to be the official grade of the pearl. Very similar to diamonds, if a pearl has excellent luster and nacre, but the surface clarity is not desirable, then you are left with a pearl necklace that while lustrous, has many demarcations.

At Seven Seas Pearls we believe that there is a flaw in the traditional AAA-A grading system. The grading system as it currently exists, does not allow for pearls that are flawless, have perfect luster or top nacre. As a result, we have added an additional category that describes pearls that have a 99.99% clean surface; we label these pearls as “AAA Flawless”. As we mentioned, we grade each pearl individually on their surface clarity, luster and nacre. While the traditional grading system averages out all aspects for an overall grade, we feel that this does not accurately represent the value of the pearl. Therefore, in terms of luster, we have added another category: AAA Gem – a pearl that is rated with AAA Gem by Seven Seas Pearls will have the best possible luster for that type of pearl.  The nacre is also a very important aspect of determining the overall pearl grade. At Seven Seas Pearls, we have five categories for determining the quality of nacre: Top, Very Thick, Thick, Medium and Thin. Below is a chart that will give an excellent visual explanation for how we grade our pearls at Seven Seas Pearls.

 

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At Seven Seas Pearls, we feel that pearl education should consist of at least three important but separate criteria 1.) Pearl origin and the difference between salt and freshwater pearls 2.) The clarity of the pearl surface and 3.) The luster and nacre of a pearl.

Now that we have introduced you to how pearls are graded, we invite you to see and examine the difference for yourselves in these images. The first image is an excellent example of how important surface clarity is. Can you see the difference between these two pearls? One is smooth and clean and the other has many demarcations.

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This is an excellent example of luster. One pearl has excellent luster – the other is very poor. Luster refers to the shine of the pearl. Many people feel that the luster is the most important aspect to look for in a pearl – but while a pearl may have excellent luster, if the nacre is thin – the luster won’t last long.

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In a future blog we will discuss more in detail the importance of nacre – but these two images are an excellent visual example of why nacre is so important.

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In our next blog we will go more in depth as to how our grading system and the standard grading system of pearls works. Check back soon for our next blog!

 

Seven Seas Pearls

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Welcome to the Seven Seas Pearls blog! My name is Julie and I will be the primary author of this blog. Personally, I am thrilled to be the writer for this blog because I have a deep love of pearls. To me, no piece of jewelry can compare with the classic elegance that pearls convey.

One of the things that we pride ourselves on at Seven Seas Pearls is that we believe it is crucial that our clients not only get a tremendous value for their money, but that they are Size0003aalso educated on what they are buying. For this reason, we have decided to start this blog in hopes of educating all lovers of pearls on how to identify high grade pearls from others, about the differences in shapes, colors, sizes – and most importantly how all this impacts the ultimate value of the pearl. But before we get into the nitty gritty details of pearls, it is probably more appropriate to explain a little bit more about who we are and the journey that has led us to where we are today.

Seven Seas Pearls is a third generation pearl jewelry company that has been specializing in various types of high quality pearls since 1946. While our main showroom is in Los trade-pearl-farmingAngeles, California, we have five locations around the world to include: Japan, Tahiti, Canada and Germany. One of the things that set us apart from other pearl jewelry stores is that not only are we a direct importer of the pearls that we showcase, but we directly export the pearls from  various sources as well. Our office in Japan is located in Ise, which is considered to be the very heart of the pearl growing area of Japan. As a result, we interact directly with the pearl farmers on a daily basis. Our office in Tahiti as one might guess, exports the beautiful Tahitian pearls that everyone is so familiar with.

For us, the process of buying and pearls is one that has transcended through the generations with many of the same pearl farmers, their children and their grandchildren. In order to insure quality control, we personally sort, grade and drill each pearl. Because of this, we are able to offer our clients great flexibility in designing the perfect piece of pearl jewelry.

We are proud to offer everything from South Sea pearls, to Tahitian black pearls and Japanese Akoya pearls. Just like our wide range of colors, we have an incredibly selection of pearl sizes – ranging from 27.00mm to under 1mm. We invite you to check back for updated blogs, tour our website and stop in and meet us personally.