Sleek and sophisticated, there’s a certain attraction to pearl jewelry that has stood the test of time for centuries. Of course, a lot has changed through the years with pearls, particularly the fact that cultured, or farm-raised, pearls are now the primary source of the gems.

One thing that has stayed consistent is the approach to buying pearls with good results. Here are a few tips to consider if you’re in the market for pearl jewelry.

#1 Don’t Get Caught Up in Size
There’s a tendency to think that the biggest pearls are the best, but it’s better to consider what you’re trying to get from the jewelry purchase. For example, a necklace of large pearls might be perfect to pair with formalwear, but one for business use might look better if it’s less ostentatious. The same goes for other pearl jewelry such as bracelets and earrings. Sometimes smaller pearls have a more sophisticated look.

#2 Check the Reflection
Luster is a major indicator of the quality of pearls that you’re looking at. An easy tip for determining the luster of pearl jewelry is to hold it in the light and look closely at the reflections in the pearls. The clearer and brighter the reflections are, the higher the luster is.

#3 Consider the Companion Clothing
Pearls come in a wide range of colors, so you might want to think about the clothes the receiver of the pearl often wears to make a good choice. Bright white pearls might be great for an evening out, but sometimes chocolate or silver pearls are more versatile for everyday wear.

#4 Don’t Get Too Hung Up on Shape
Finding perfectly round pearls is increasingly rare these days, so trying to obtain the “perfect” piece could place a strain on your sanity and budget. It’s best to assess what’s available to you on overall merits rather than getting too hung up on perfect balls.

#5 Check the Pearl Surface
Spots, bumps and cracks are imperfections that can appear on pearls, so each pearl is worth a closer look before you buy. It’s easy to miss these if you’re not looking carefully.

#6 Work with a Jeweler
Finally, imitation pearls do exist and can be difficult to spot. Your best bet is to work closely with a trusted jeweler to ensure that you get exactly what you’re looking for from your pearl purchase.

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