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Pearl Education 101: Are Cultured Pearls Real Pearls?One of the most common questions I’m asked at Anandia Pearls is whether a cultured pearl is a real pearl. Yes, cultured pearls are real pearls created by real oysters, produced by a delicate culturing process perfected over the last century. These are the same pearls that are sold at nearly every retail jewelry store across the country.   However, among these pearls,.....
By: Sam @ Anandia
When Buying Pearls, Go for the Luster! When shopping for pearl jewelry, the importance of selecting pearls with the best luster possible cannot be underestimated.   But what is luster, anyway? And why is it so important?   To answer the second question first, luster is the #1 factor in pearl price. A higher-luster pearl will always be worth more, because luster catches the eye most (size is also a big.....
By: Mark @ Anandia
Does Pearl Size Really Matter? So your lady loves all things pearl. You decide to go out and find a beautiful pearl necklace for your anniversary.   You know she likes black pearls, and you also know (or have read my previous post) about selecting pearls with the highest luster your budget allows.   But she didn’t tell you anything about pearl size. How large should the pearls be?   There is.....
By: Eric @ Anandia
Pearl Shopping and Surface QualityShopping for pearls is easy – easier than shopping for diamonds, in my opinion. You just need to know a few basics. Previous posts have mentioned the importance of luster and size. How clear is the surface of the pearl? What should I look for?     The surface of a valuable pearl should be mostly clear of imperfections – blemishes, pits, and cracks......
By: Mark @ Anandia
Pearl Shape in Round, Drop and BaroqueWhen it comes to pearl colors and shape, so many choices are available… Mother Nature is so kind to give us the pearl! As regards shape, I’m often asked about the different shapes pearls come in, and which is the most valuable.   While a round pearl is commonly thought to represent pearl perfection, the truth is that there are several “perfect” shapes......
By: Eric @ Anandia
What is the Best Color of Pearls to Wear for an Interview?Choosing what clothes to wear for that big interview or special occasion is hard enough. But what about the jewelry? The good news is that pearls are the best “go-to” option for impressing without overwhelming.   Pearls give women lots of choice, because they come in lots of colors! But which color is best for the occasion? That depends not only on the event,.....
By: Mark @ Anandia
Pearl Grades and How to Get an A (or Better!)We’re continuing with our pearl education series today with understanding the different pearl grading systems. Curious what you’ve missed? Start with how to buy pearls.   Want to know a little secret about pearl grading?   Unlike diamonds, there is no single grading system for pearls. Instead, there are several industry “conventions” in common use today, and a bunch of variations. I’ll discuss the.....
By: Eric @ Anandia
Four Main Types of Pearls and What To Look For In Each (Part 1)Today we’ll briefly cover each of the major varieties of pearl, and give you an overview of what’s most important to look for. As you may already know, there are four major kinds of cultured pearls. Each type comes from a particular species of mollusk (an oyster or mussel), and the value of each varies considerably. Let’s talk about each… Freshwater Pearls are the most common.....
By: Mark @ Anandia
Freshwater Pearls and What to Look For When ShoppingIn this post, we continue our previous discussion on Freshwater cultured pearls, and knowing what to look for when shopping for them. As mentioned previously, Freshwater Pearls are the most common variety of pearl, and so are generally the least expensive. One might say freshwater pearls are “entry-level”, since you’ll see this variety sold everywhere, including in malls (even at Costco!)   This is because they are.....
By: Eric @ Anandia
Akoya Cultured Pearls and What to Look For When ShoppingIn this post, we continue our previous discussion on Akoya cultured pearls, and knowing what to look for when shopping for them. Akoya Pearls are usually the kind of pearl that comes to mind when someone mentions the word “pearl”. They are smaller than other pearl types (usually 6-9mm), white, and generally round. This was the first pearl variety to be cultivated commercially at the beginning.....
By: Sam @ Anandia
Tahitian Black Pearls and What to Look For When ShoppingIn this post, we continue our previous discussion on Tahitian Black Pearls, and knowing what to look for when shopping for them.   I often call Tahitian Black Pearls the “rock stars” of the pearl world. Extremely popular for their variety of natural dark colors, “black” really should mean “dark”.   The fact is, Tahitian “black” pearls come in many hues of greens, blues, browns, and.....
By: Eric @ Anandia
South Sea Pearls and What to Look For When ShoppingIn this post, we continue our previous discussion on South Sea Pearls, and knowing what to look for when shopping for them.   South Sea Pearls are the largest pearls available, and are among the most valuable!  They come in two main varieties: White and Golden. The difference in color has to do with the species of oyster that produces a pearl......
By: Eric @ Anandia
How to Spot a Fake PearlProbably the most asked question people ask when they shop for pearls is, “How do I spot a fake pearl?” It’s actually very easy, and in this post we’ll give you four ways to check!   Because pearl production is an expensive, labor-intensive endeavor with no guarantee of success for the farmer, top-quality pearls always command top prices. After all, they are hard to.....
By: Eric @ Anandia
Where Do Pearls Come From?We are often asked, “What’s the difference between a ‘natural’ pearl and a ‘cultured’ pearl? Is a cultured pearl a real pearl?”   The answer is ‘Yes’ – a cultured pearl is a real pearl. In fact, most of the pearls you’re likely to see in your lifetime are cultured pearls. In this post we’ll discuss the ways in which a pearl.....
By: Mark @ Anandia
Pearls and How to Spot Fake Colors In this post we discuss pearl color and how to know whether the pearls you’re looking at are a natural color, or color-treated.   Color treatments for pearls are fairly common, and artificial colors are not bad per se. Sometimes it’s the only option to get pearls in a certain size (for example, black pearls under 8mm.) However, pearls which are natural.....
By: Sam @ Anandia
How to Care for PearlsPearls are among the more sensitive types of gemstone, and require a little more delicate handling. Because they are a softer, organic gem, you have to take extra care must be taken to avoid scratching them, and to avoid prolonged exposure to damaging chemicals.   Pearl Care and Handling Follow these guidelines to make sure your pearls last a lifetime! To prevent scratches, pearls.....
By: Mark @ Anandia
How to Buy Pearls on the InternetWhen viewing pearls on the Internet, it’s always a challenge to know whether pictures shown accurately reflect the color listed in the description. However, don’t let this be a barrier to buying your pearls on the Web! The most important thing to do before you get started is to learn just a little bit about pearls…   Pearl Education Pearl education is what.....
By: Eric @ Anandia
How to Choose a Pearl NecklaceThis week we discuss how to choose a pearl necklace. Once you’ve decided on the pearl color and size, the next step is to evaluate the pearl quality. There are several factors here, and if you haven’t read the blog post on luster, I’d recommend you start with that one first.   In choosing a pearl strand, you also want to see how.....
By: Sam @ Anandia
How Much Should I Pay for Pearls?A common question people have about shopping for pearl jewelry regards price: “How much should I pay?” What they are often really asking is “How do I get a great deal on pearls?” The key is understanding value… read on!   Pearls Vary Greatly in Price Pearls can range in price from a few dollars to thousands of dollars per piece, depending on the quality of.....
By: Eric @ Anandia
Report says Pearl Prices Going UpJust returned from one of the jewelry industry’s largest trade shows in Las Vegas (which explains why it’s been so long since my last post.) I’ve enclosed some price updates and a few photos in this post.   On price, we are now seeing the beginning of price increases on pearls at the wholesale level. Good news for the pearl farms maybe,.....
By: Eric @ Anandia
How To Buy Pearls with our Pearl Shopping GuideWith the busy holiday shopping season fast approaching, now is a great time to learn how to shop for pearl jewelry. Been wondering how to choose a pearl necklace for your wife?   Download this free pearl buying guide today. It covers all the facts about pearls in one easy reference that you can print out, including how to select pearls with great luster and surface quality,.....
By: Mark @ Anandia
18K Diamond Earrings with Golden South Sea and Tahitian Black Pe check out these custom earrings we just built for a client – diamonds, golden south sea pearls and black Tahitian pearls… What do you think?      
By: Sam @ Anandia
South Sea Pearl and Blue Sapphire Beauty Thought I’d post a picture today of a unique pair of pearl earrings. These are in 18K white gold, and we used blue sapphires and white south sea pearls. Don’t you just love how the sapphires get gradually lighter as they go down? It’s a fun piece!      
By: Eric @ Anandia
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