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Loose Pearls for Sale : Where Do Pearls Come From?

Loose Pearls for Sale : 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, 99% of all pearls you’re likely to see in your lifetime are cultured pearls. In fact, it’s everything we’ve been discussing so far.

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The Decline of Natural Pearls
wholesale pearlsThe difference between “cultured and “natural” is in how the process of pearl formation begins. Natural pearls form when a foreign object, such as a parasite, lodges itself in the soft body of an oyster. The oyster attempts to protect itself by secreting nacre, a smooth crystalline substance that surrounds and ultimately encases the object. As layer upon layer of nacre is added, the object becomes larger and a pearl is formed.However, due to over-harvesting of oysters and ocean pollution, natural pearls have largely disappeared from the world market, and haven’t been seen in any volume since the 1800’s. The extremely rare ones which do exist today tend to be small, or family heirlooms. Fine quality natural pearls can command extraordinarily high prices. (detail info: loose pearls for sale)

The Solution: Cultured Pearls – loose pearls for sale

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Indonesia south sea pearls cultivation

About a hundred years ago, a little ingenious human intervention enabled a more controlled method of producing high-quality pearls. The result is the cultured pearl, which represents nearly all pearls on the market today. Cultured pearls are formed when a highly skilled pearl technician inserts a particle called a nucleus (usually a small round piece of shell) and/or a piece of oyster tissue mantle into a specific spot inside oyster. It’s considered a delicate surgery. The oyster is then returned to its habitat and nurtured for up to three years, sometimes longer. The process of putting oysters on lines and cages, lifting them up and down to clean and inspect them, is labor intensive and expensive! (detail info: loose pearls for sale)

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However, one problem… there is no guarantee that an oyster will ever produce a pearl! Oysters are particularly sensitive creatures; even slight changes in water temperature or nutrition can kill off entire crops. The skill of the pearl technician is reflected in the quality and quantity of pearls produced – the painstaking procedure of implanting the nucleus requires talent and precision. Only about 20% of pearl cultivation results in marketable pearls. Of these, perhaps only 1-2% are of top quality. These rarities are always in high demand. (detail info: loose pearls for sale)

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From The Pearl Farm to You – loose pearls for sale
From the farm, pearls are usually bought by distributors who contract to buy a large volume of loose pearls from the farmer. These distributors may sell the pearls to dealers, or the pearls may be auctioned off at set times throughout the year. One way or the other, pearls usually make their way to either Japan or Hong Kong, where they are parceled up for distribution to the rest of the pearl-loving world. (detail info: loose pearls for sale)

Price is always a factor of quantity purchased, quality, and the relationship between buyer and seller. In general, volume purchasers get better terms than would most retail jewelry stores looking to purchase a smaller amount. As a result, most retailers buy smaller quantities from wholesale distributors. (detail info: loose pearls for sale)
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South Sea Pearls Prices and Value Factors

South Sea Pearls Prices and Value Factors

wholesale pearlsSouth Sea Pearls grow big in the warm waters of the south Pacific, larger than any other species. White South Sea pearls are the giants, cultivated off the coast of Australia, and the even more rare Golden South Sea pearls near Indonesia and the Philippines.

Because of their size and distinctive look, it’s hard to confuse them with anything else. However, Freshwater pearls in the same size range are becoming more common in baroque shapes, so be sure to confirm with the vendor (Reference: South Sea Pearls Prices).

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Indonesia south sea pearls wholesale – Miss Joaquim Pearls – whatsapp +6287865026222

What to Expect:

  • Sizes usually from 10mm to 18mm+, and occasionally even bigger!
  • Natural colors are white or golden. For golden pearls, it’s extremely important to ask whether the color is natural. Color treated pearls abound, and are worth much less than natural goldens, since the color may fade over time!
  • Baroque shapes in White South Sea pearls are very popular, in addition to the classic round. (Reference: South Sea Pearls Prices).
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What’s Next?
You may have heard the terms “natural pearls”, “cultured pearls”, or “treated pearls”, and wondered what the difference was between all these. Or you may be asking right now, “How can I know if this pearl is a ‘real’ pearl? What should I know to avoid paying too much?” Rest easy! We’ll cover that and much more shortly, including:

  • How to Tell Fake Pearls from the Real Thing
  • The 7 Secrets that your Local Mall Jewelry Store Doesn’t Want You to Know!
  • Negotiation tips, and How to Make Your Pearls Last a Lifetime! (Reference: South Sea Pearls Prices).
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We’re going to have some fun applying our new pearl expertise in the marketplace! We’ll use our knowledge to decide on pearl authenticity, spot fakes and treatments, and get the best deals possible on pearls by understanding the lingo and also how “the system” works! Plus, we’ll touch on caring for your pearls after you take the plunge.

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Indonesia south sea pearls wholesale – Miss Joaquim Pearls – whatsapp +6287865026222

Quick Review: Pearl Types and The Value Factors

First, another quick review. There are four major types or “species” of pearls common in the marketplace today:

  1. Freshwater pearls
  2. Akoya pearls
  3. Tahitian pearls
  4. South Sea Pearls (in both White and Golden varieties.)

Each of the pearl species should be evaluated according to the 7 Value Factors:

  1. Pearls Luster
  2. Pearls Size
  3. Pearls Surface Quality
  4. Pearls Shape
  5. Pearls Color (Body, Overtone, Orient)
  6. Pearls Nacre Thickness
  7. Pearls Matching.

Although each pearl species has specific qualities, always remember that luster, size, and surface quality have the greatest impact on value. (Reference: South Sea Pearls Prices).
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Black pearls price : Value Factors of Tahitian Pearls

Black pearls price : Value Factors of Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian pearls are cultivated in French Polynesia (Tahiti) in oysters using techniques originally developed for Akoya oysters. The Tahitian oysters are much bigger however, and grow in warmer waters. The result are pearls which are bigger than Akoya pearls and most Freshwater pearls. The thicker nacre also makes overtones (minor colors appearing “underneath” the main body color), and orient (a “rainbow-like” effect) more common. – tags : black pearls price

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Tahitian Black Pearls

What to Expect:

  • Tahitian pearl sizes usually range from 9mm-17+mm, or even bigger in rare cases.
  • IMPORTANT: Pearls which are smaller than 8mm may be beautiful, but except for rare cases are almost certainly not Tahitian pearls. It’s probably a treated Akoya or freshwater pearl.
  • Natural body colors are typically darker but are incredibly diverse, ranging from blacks and browns, to greens, blues, purples, grays, and goldens. With so many options to choose from, and so many varied personal tastes, no one color is “most” valuable these days.
  • Common color terms: the term “peacock” describes a black pearl with green (and possibly pink) overtones. “Aubergine” or “Eggplant” describes a pearl with purplish cast.
  • Orient is very attractive in Tahitian pearls, as is an overtone color in green, blue, or pink.
  • In addition to round, baroque (“free-form”) shapes are very popular, as are nice dropshapes. – tags : black pearls price

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Akoya Pearls – Value Factors

Akoya Pearls – Value Factors

wholesale pearlsAkoya pearls are the “original” cultured pearl, and are usually the image that comes to mind when you mention the word “pearl”.

As with all pearls, look for as high luster and as few surface characteristics as possible within your budget.

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pearl table

What to Expect:

  • Akoya Pearl sizes are usually from 6mm-9mm.
  • Natural body colors are neutral whites and creams. Dark colors like blue or black are not natural colors, but can still be desirable.
  • Overtone colors are often highly desirable, including pink/”rose”.
  • For Akoya pearl strands, it’s especially important to check the nacre thickness. Check for chipping around the drill hole. Also, hold the strand at either end and roll back and forth.
  • Variations in color (called “blinking”) indicate thin nacre and should be avoided !
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Freshwater Pearls – Value Factors

Freshwater Pearls – Value Factors

wholesale pearlsFreshwater Pearls or freshwater cultured pearls are raised in lakes in vast quantities, especially in China. A given mussel will often produce many pearls at one time – sometimes as many as 50 pearls at once!

This, coupled with the faster production time (and even faster capitalism!) of the Chinese market has led to lower prices and, surprisingly, pearls of better and better pearl quality. Freshwater pearls are cultivated with a technique different from that used with other pearls species; there is no bead nucleus.

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freshwater pearls

Freshwater Pearls – What to Expect:

  • Freshwater pearls sizes are usually in the range from 4mm-12mm. Larger sizes are possible.
  • Natural colors are whites, pinks, pastels, lavenders, but color treatment is also common. If in doubt, ask… it effects the price you should pay!
  • Freshwater pearls may appear slightly less round than the more expensive Akoya pearls, but this is changing as cultivation techniques improve.
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