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How to identify real pearls?
  Artificial pearls can be best recognized by their drill holes; you would always see there anomalies with artificial coating. Another good identifier is the “dental” test; real pearls feel hard and cold when you bite on them – artificial pearls rather soft. And if you would like to sacrifice a pearl, you can scratch the surface of a real pearl with a knife and you will see fine, white powder. With unreal pearls the artificial surface would dissolve. To be a 100% sure, a laboratory test can be recommended where the pearls are x-rayed for their genuineness.

pearls-onlineshop.com exclusively deals with real pearls. We can ensure excellent quality by decades of good trade relations to our pearls farms and by visits on site.
   
Real Pearls vs. Imitation Pearls
 

Our pearls are exclusively real pearls / cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are nacre-like entities that are secluded within the mollusks (oysters) in the metabolism process.

Unfortunately, we increasingly observe that our shop layouts are directly copied by others to sell inexpensive artificial pearls (for example Sea Shell pearls, Tahiti-Black, etc) or artificially enhanced Freshwater pearls branded as real Tahitian pearls (often called Tahiti-Black pearls). You can trust that you will receive real precious cultured pearls and not inexpensive imitations pearls.

Imitation pearls (e.g. Shell pearls, Majorca pearls) are products that are wholly or partly artificially manufactured, but do not own the same physical or chemical characteristics of cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are formed without any human interference within oysters once a bead had been implanted.

According to the CIBJO, artificial pearls have to be unmistakably branded as imitation pearls. The word “imitation” has to be an integrative part of their description. It is not legal to declare imitation pearls as “pearls”, “cultured pearls”, or by any similar description. Unfortunately, a lot of pearl shops do not abide by these classification regulations.

   
Assessment of Pearl Value
  There are a number ways to identify the value / price of pearls and gemstones. Different purchase conditions and calculations of retail jewelers (in dependence of local markets) often lead on to considerably diverting prices in reality. That is why assessment of pearls and gemstones can lead to very different appraisal results even among surveyors (up to several 100%). It is often that “admirer” prices are paid for individual colors, shapes, etc in the marketplace.

The "International Cultured Pearls of the Orient" (-> www.culturedpearls.com) is an interesting site for the appraisal of actual international pearl trade prices, which elucidates the current market prices by pearl species (on the basis of “The Guide”, the classic book for pearl valuation). We do not assume liability for the contents of above websites and their non-binding prices.

   
Why can we offer premium quality jewelry at such competitive rates?
  By directly purchasing large quantities from pearl farms and bypassing wholesalers / retailers, we can offer premium quality jewelry at very competitive rates. We have built up trust and longstanding relationships to pearl farms (that also produce for well known brands of international exclusive jewelry chains). We visit our pearl farms and suppliers several times per year to re-survey jewelry qualities and to define new collections. The chart below illustrates the traditional trade chain and how pearls-onlineshop.com bypasses wholesalers / retailers (to guarantee you competitive prices).
   

 
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