Pearl is an organic precious gemstone produced inside the body of a living organism called ‘Mollusc’. Pearls are broadly classified as Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls. Natural Pearl is a highly rare and only natural gemstone that is formed entirely within the body of a living organism called Mollusc without any human interaction whereas Cultured Pearl is formed when an oyster farmer inserts an irritant inside the body of a Mollusc. In Cultured Pearl, an oyster farmer initiates the pearl forming process.
Pearl cost varies with the origin, quality, and size of the stone. The price of Cultured Pearls varies from 500 INR ($6.8) per carat to 2000 INR ($27.2) per carat. Due to the immense rarity and high demand for Natural Pearls, the cost of a Natural Pearl is 10 times more than that of a Cultured Pearl and covers a broad range from 20,000 INR ($271.3) per carat to 1,00,000 INR ($1356.6) per carat.
Pearls are available in a range of hues ranging from white to bluish grey and all the factors including origin, color, shape, carat weight, texture, luster, size, surface quality, nacre quality, etc. determine the authenticity, price, and Pearl value. Real Pearl price per carat depends on the following factors:
Origin – The best and finest quality Pearls are found on the coast of South India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Myanmar, Mexico, Venezuela, and the Persian Gulf. Basra Pearl, one of the exquisite varieties of Pearl from Basra city of Persian Gulf is highly valuable because of its rarity and strong historical significance. Akoya Pearls from Japan and South Sea Pearls from India are relatively less expensive but are preferred in the gemstone and jewelry industry.
Color – Natural and Cultured Pearls occur in a variety of hues and have a wide range of tones from light to dark. Pearl’s body color and overtones depend on the type of Mollusc that produces them where body color is the overall dominant color. Pearls are found in hues ranging from yellow, orange, pink, blue, green to violet. The rarer and purer the color of the Pearl, the more valuable it is. Natural Pearl exhibits pure white color with a slight rosy overtone and it is the best and highly valuable variety of Pearl. The second most preferred choice is cream-colored Pearl. Among other hues, deep golden and black-hued Pearls are rarer and valued accordingly.
Size – The size of the Pearl is measured in mm. The most common and popular Pearl size ranges from 6.0 mm to 13.0 mm. However, Pearls of larger size are rarer and are valued more than Pearls of smaller size, provided that they are of the same type.
Shape – The finest and best quality Pearls have perfectly round and symmetrical shapes with little to no variation. If all other quality factors are equal, then well-formed pear, oval, or baroque Cultured Pearls are also preferred by jewelry makers.
Luster – Luster is the most important factor that determines the quality of Pearls. Natural and Cultured Pearls exhibit bright and sharp reflections when they give excellent luster. The higher and excellent the luster, the more valuable the Pearl.
Surface Quality – Some Pearls show abrasions like tiny marks or subtle blemishes on the surface. These blemishes resulting from the drifts or jerks occurring inside the Mollusc body during Pearl formation do not affect the quality of the Pearl, rather the presence of fewer flaws makes Pearls superior and more valuable.
Nacre Quality – Pearl is composed of layers of a hardened organic substance called Nacre that gives Pearl an ultimate and brilliant surface glow. If nacre is thin, then Pearl displays a dull and chalky appearance. This affects the luster and durability of Pearls.
Why should you buy Pearls and Pearl jewelry from GemPundit?
GemPundit is a leading provider of 100% real and authentic gemstone and gemstone jewelry. We have an exclusive collection of original and natural Pearls with an authentic Gem Lab Certification.
The endless beauty, spectacularly feminine, and sophisticated look of Pearl jewelry goes beyond any other gemstone jewelry. One can wear this graceful and elegant stone in the form of a Pearl Ring, Pearl Bracelet, and Pearl Pendant. At GemPundit, Pearl jewelry can be fully customized from our Custom Jewelry section. You can share your design ideas with our team of skilled and professional CAD experts who will design your jewelry as per your style. However, the price of Pearl jewelry depends on the quality of the Pearl stone, intricacy of the design, choice of metal, and labor charges.
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