Like opals and some other gemstones, there are tons of reasons why it makes sense to invest in pearl gemstone jewellery. One reason to consider these gemstones is that they are wearable investments. They tend to retain their value or increase in worth over time. Furthermore, pearls are environmentally friendly and can cost a fortune, depending on many factors including shape, size, lustre, and surface.
Read on to discover the factors that influence the prices of pearl earrings, studs, and engagement rings on Masterpiece Jewellery.
Are pearl earrings and rings worth it?
Pearl earrings are certainly worth the money. Many factors influence the value of these gemstones
- Types of pearls
One key factor that experts often use during the valuation process is “the type of pearl.” There are two different types of pearls available out there today. They are natural pearls and cultured pearls.
Today, natural pearls are very rare in nature and this is simply because it often takes 1 in 10,000 oysters to produce pearls, naturally. Because they are rare in nature, these gemstones are pretty expensive to purchase.
As the name suggests, cultured pearls require the intervention of humans. These gemstones are formed due to the introduction of irritants into the mollusc to induce its formation. Cultured pearls are 100% real. Since they’re less rare, natural pearls are more expensive than cultured pearls.
Colour also influences the value of real pearl gemstone earrings and rings. Mollusc rarely produces certain pearl colours.
Freshwater pearls are available in different colours, including white, purple, pink, and creme. All these colours have the same pearl value.
Japanese Akoya pearls sometimes come with natural colours, which are often rare to come by. For instance, blue & silver Akoya pearl earrings have higher prices than most other colours. The same thing also goes for white plus pink body overtone Akoya pearls.
Tahitian or Black pearls are also available in different colours. The peacock green Tahitian Pearls are very expensive while the white silver-toned products are very cheap.
The bottom line is that the colour of your pearls can also influence their value. Ensure to get familiar with the different types and colours of pearls, including their values.
Size certainly matters when valuing your pearls. The bigger the size, the more valuable your pearl earrings are. The smallest size of pearl is roughly 1mm while the largest is more than 650mm.
Today, most pearl products often fall within the range of 3mm and 18mm. At Masterpiece Jewellery, our 16mm South Sea Pearls & Diamond earrings cost roughly 18,000 AUD while the 10mm 9kt South Sea Pearls only cost 1,100 Australian dollars.
Pearls are available in different shapes and this has a lot of effect on their values. Round pearl shapes are very rare to find. The general rule is that the more round your pearl gemstone jewellery, the more valuable it is. The only exception is if the pearl comes with a beautiful Baroque shape.
Pearl’s lustre is classified into three categories; very good, excellent, and gem quality. The value of your pearl earrings goes up when you see a better reflection in them. Dull pearls have almost no value – so, always avoid them.
- Surface & blemishes
The top layer of your pearl earrings is known as the “surface.” During the valuation period, the surface of your pearls is checked for any blemishes, such as pits and dents. The general rule is that the more blemishes your pearls have on their surfaces, the less valuable they become.
At Masterpiece Jewellery, we offer different types of pearl products at competitive prices. You can check out our collection to find some of the best pearl earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.