Tuesday, June 11, 2013

[Tip Tuesday] How to Pick the Perfect Pearls

Have you guys ever gone to Hawaii and spot the handfuls of shops at tourist destinations where you get to pick your own oyster and try your luck at what kind of pearl(s) you would find inside? I tried my hand at one before and found a round little black pearl inside and made it into a pretty necklace.

If you are looking into owning a pair of pearl earrings or a string of pearl necklace, here are some tips to consider when picking (page 232, May 2013 In Style magazine):

1) Luster: The most important attribute of a pearl is its luster, or shine. Inexpensive pearls should glow, while more expensive pieces should positively radiate.

2) Shape: Pearls are never perfectly round, but classic spherical shapes are considered more desirable and cost more. Baroque, or oddly shaped pieces are a nontraditional alternative.

3) Size: Pearl size is measured in half millimeters; classic round ones can increase in price as much as 100 perfect per mm. The size most commonly sold is 7 to 7.5 mm.

4) Surface: High-quality pearls should not only shine but also be smooth and free of cracks, holes, bumps, or blemishes.

Here are some pretty pieces that I am lusting over:

Mikimoto Love Pendant
Mikimoto Pearl and Sapphire Earrings
Tiffany Aria Bracelet
One day, one day... :)

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE that Mikimoto LOVE pendant. I remember going on a tour of the Mikimoto pearl factory with my mom and brother in Japan - amazing!