Know the Background of Pearls to Differentiate between Fake and Real

Pearl is obtained from a mollusc. When a tiny particle like sand grain or any other foreign object intrudes in an oyster shell, it creates irritation. To avoid this irritation, mollusc secretes a fluid called nacre. This is coated on the object numerous times. This nacre coating is lustrous and helps in the development of a pearl. Pearl isn’t just a white colour gemstone, but different types of oysters produce different colour pearls.

It is difficult to obtain natural pearls in huge quantity. Thus, pearls are harvested by farmers that are affordable compared to natural gemstone. This is because natural pearl is made by one oyster out of many and are found by chance, but cultured pearl is produced by oysters that were farmed by farmers. However, the procedure in both cases is similar.

Well, thanks to pearl farmers that these gems are still available in the market. Since pearl is precious as it is made by nature unlike diamond and other stones that are obtained by digging a mine, therefore the availability of this stone in any form is appreciated. Every woman is fascinated with pearl. Whether it is a pearl ring, necklace, pendant, bracelet, bangles or earrings, they are all adored by them. Thus, it is imperative to know the difference between fake and real pearls which are now openly available in stores and difficult to differentiate.

  • In fake pearls, the lustre will be uniform from every angle because it is manmade. However, real pearls will have different shades and overtone when reflection falls on it since it is made by mollusc in a definite way.
  • Pearls can never be of same shape and size this happens only when it’s fake. Real pearls are created inside an oyster shell; therefore it’s difficult to determine its shape.
  •  Since fake pears are dyed, therefore they will all be of same colour, whereas real pearls will have different overtone even if they’re of same shade. For example, some white pearls may have pink overtone while some may have blue green or yellow overtone.
  • If you rub real pearls on your teeth, you can feel small granules similar to sandpaper, but fake pearls would feel smooth.

There are certain chemicals that react to real pearls and not to fake pearls.

Paul Petersen

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