Pearls are an enduring classic of romantic beauty and sophistication
suitable for almost any occasions or celebrations. Pearls may be worn
with formal eveningwear, with a business suit, or casually with a
sweater and jeans. The official June birthstone provides an ideal
choice for brides, young women looking for a touch of elegance, or a
cherished gift for birthday, Christmas, graduation, sweet-sixteen,
anniversary, or just to say I love you.

Once rare and expensive, modern cultured pearls have become an
affordable luxury. To choose consider six factors contribute to the
value of a pearl: luster, nacre thickness, shape, surface texture,
size, and color.

Luster- the Essence of Pearl Beauty
Pearls gain their unique beauty from the play of light reflecting
through layers of fine crystalline nacre gradually deposited by an
oyster. Nearly transparent nacre gives the deepest luster and the
highest reflection. A high-quality pearl will have a brilliant even
reflection with a fine warm glow or radiance. Lower quality pearls
have a dull sheen.

High-quality Akoya saltwater pearls have a higher luster than South
Sea or Tahitian pearls, which tend to have a softer, more diffuse
reflection.

Color and Overtones
The dominant color of a pearl comes from the main reflection from the
pearl surface. The deeper reflected light draws the inner color from
the pearl, called the overtone.

Light colored pearls are available in shades of white, cream, and
golden. White with pink or silver overtones are generally the most
valuable. The most desirable dark colored pearls are black with green
or blue overtones.
Color matching is also important when buying pearl jewelry. Perfectly
matched pearls in color and size are more valuable than poorly matched
pearls.

Shape and Surface Texture
The highest quality pearls are perfectly round with smooth surface,
very few surface imperfections, and even coloration. Lower quality
pearls may be nearly

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