Experts Take on Pearls

By: Pattrick Jhonson

Experts of pearls historically treasured or otherwise, have at one time or the other, faced a quite common but still a wise question of the features of pearls. Potential sellers, collectors and buyers ask them what type of pearl they would choose for themselves when given the choice.

The beauty and magnificence of all pearls should be appreciated whether, they are natural or cultured. The metallic radiance of a superior strand of Akoya pearls , the diverse shades of a dark peacock Tahitian black pearl, the size and royal grace of the South Sea pearls and last of all but not the least, the variety available in cultured freshwater pearls are the reasons of uniqueness and high value of this beautiful jewel piece.

For researchers as well as admirers of pearls, the term freshwater brings forth a vivid and amusing association. These pearls are well known for their quirky and unusual shapes and the natural shades that are exclusive to the class of mussel species from which they are harvested. A long time favorite for hobby designers, freshwater pearls have always been an affordable substitute for the more luxurious and costly seawater pearls. As a result of their affordability, average lower qualities and abundance, freshwater pearls have long held a humble rank as compared to the other pearls. This position has however witnessed a change.

Since the past five years, those in the pearl industry have been privy with a most unusual and amazing advancement in the pearl market. They have witnessed the metamorphosis of freshwater pearl from amusing lighthearted trifles to ornaments of unbelievable importance. The finest of them now compete with the best of the seawater pearls. Freshwater pearls even excel to a status that was never considered conceivable for it. A bonus that comes with these pearls is that even though they are the only cultivated pearl totally comprised of solid nacre, they radiate the desired qualities of naturally formed old pearls and they do not become discolored or lackluster over time.

Freshwater pearls are now being considered the world's finest pearls. They possess shine, luster, shape similar to its saltwater cousins and a rare quality of emanating light from within. This light creates a soft prism like shine that hovers translucently on its surface that can truly be defined as a pearl's beauty in its truest form.

So, the next time you plan to invest some money on pearl necklaces or other pearl products, let it not be on Akoya pearls or the black pearls. Select one of the freshwater pearl necklaces and it would bring you much satisfaction and a true and rare visual treat.

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