How To Buy Pearls
Fine pearls are one of the least understood and most niche gemstones in the jewelry world – even often run into trouble identifying pearl types, understanding grading scales, and pearl value.
It’s not surprising then that there are a number of questions that need to be answered before taking the plunge and investing hundreds or even thousands of dollars a fine pearl necklace or pair of earrings.
You probably already have an idea of what kind of jewelry you want to buy (i.e.
STEP 1: Choosing the Right Pearl Type
So, you’ve decided that you’d like to buy a fine pearl necklace (or a pair of earrings), but now you’re stuck: what kind of pearl necklace should you buy??
STEP 2: Choose the Perfect Pearl Size
Pure Pearls offers TONS of advice and real-life pictures of our pearls actually being worn on models so you know how your pearls are going to “measure up” when they arrive.
Generally the most popular sizes are within the 7.0-9.5mm range, which are considered the most traditional and versatile pearl sizes to buy.
The larger the get (all other attributes like Luster, Shape, and Surface Quality being equal), the more valuable they are.
STEP 3: Select the Right Necklace Length
DEFINITELY visit: Pure Pearls Ultimate Guide to Necklace Lengths to learn everything you could ever need to know about pearl necklaces – from the timeless classics to more modern styles!
Pro-Tip: The most popular and versatile pearl necklace length is called the 18-Inch “Princess Length” pearl necklace. This is considered the “Modern Classic” length, and should come to rest about 1.5 to 2.0-inches below the hollow of the throat – suitable for a wide variety of necklines and outfits.
STEP 4: Set Your Budget
For fine cultured pearl jewelry, you should set a baseline of $100 or so for even the smaller-sized Akoya pearl stud earrings mounted in 14K Gold, and the same can be said of fine Freshwater pearls.
STEP 5: Understanding Pearl Value Factors
STEP 6: Finding the Right Vendor
Fine pearl jewelry is a gift that’s meant to touch the heart. The vast majority of the time, these gems are going to be a very special surprise for a birthday, anniversary, graduation or Holiday event.
Because this purchase is such a special one, there are a few considerations to take into account before settling on a vendor to purchase from. A few and Don’ts to remember before taking the plunge:
STEP 7: Choose the Perfect Pearl Jewelry Style
Now that you’ve read a bit about the most popular pearl sizes and selecting the perfect necklace length (and what you can expect to spend), it’s time to start shopping around for pearl jewelry!