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The pearl


Today cultured pearls represent over 98% of the pearls sold worldwide.

There are :

  • the Japanese and Chinese marine cultured pearls, namely akoya pearls, from 3 to 8mm in size naturally white or color treated,
  • the Australian and Indonesian marine cultured pearls, from 8 to 15mm in size naturally white, silver or gold,
  • the Tahitian marine cultured pearls from 8 to 12mm in size, naturally colored from black to grey, green to rose,
  • the freshwater cultured pearls, mostly Chinese, naturally white and pink but also color treated.

The grading of tahitian pearls is based on the Tahitian deputy assembly laws n° 2005-42, APF dated 14 February 2005, and 2004-29, APF dated 12 February 2004.


There are :

  • 4 shapes, Round, semibaroque, baroque and circled,
  • 4 grades, from A to D based on flaws, blemishes and luster.

The diameter (the weight) is also important to price pearls.

 
 

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