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Pearls have been a source of fascination for centuries. They have been considered the most magical and feminine of all gems and are the only one created by a living organism. Pearls emanate a certain warmth and glow not found in other gems, due to their unique beginnings.

Pearls have been prized for their beauty and rarity for more than four thousand years. From ancient China, India, and Egypt, to Imperial Rome, the Arab world, and Native American tribes, cultures around the world and throughout recorded history have valued these unique, biologically based gemstones much longer than any other gem.

Pearls are the birthstone for June, and also the anniversary gem for the 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries. Recognized as the emblem of modesty, chastity and purity, pearls have also come to symbolize a happy marriage.

Evaluating Quality: Pearl Grading


The most important indication of a pearl's quality is luster.
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The shape of a pearl plays an important role in determining its value.
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Pearls represent a whole palette of colors to choose from.
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The size of a pearl is expressed in terms of its diameter (in millimeters).
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Surface characteristics can add to the uniqueness of each pearl.
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