We like to be honest… so when it comes to talking about valuing pearls, we’re unable to give you an answer. This is simply because we’re not trained to do so and don’t have the equipment required to give you a realistic valuation.
However, there are certain qualities which can change the value of pearls, here’s a rundown of factors which many high-end jewellers use for the valuing of their pearl sets for sale:
- Size: As with many things, the bigger the better! Pearls over 7mm are normally more costly due to the fact that they’ve taken long for the oyster to grow without being damaged by natural causes.
- Shape: A rounded pearl is generally more admirable than a misshapen pearl.
- Nacre Thickness: The thicker the nacre, the more high-quality the pearl is known to be.
- Colour: Normally a personal preference, however, natural whites, rose and silver pearls are valued higher due to a higher demand for these colours in sets.
- Lustre: One of the main factors for valuing cultured pearls, lustre is really an indicator of how shiny/glossy the pearl is and the shinier the better!
- Surface Clarity: Pearls without blemishes, spots or flaws are generally worth more as they are classed as being a higher quality pearl.
- Matching Sets: Whether it be for a pair of earrings or a necklace, the better the match of colour and size for the pearls within a set, the more the set is generally worth.