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Price Factors

Price FactorsBlack pearls are priced according to their luster, color, shape, surface perfection, size and nacre thickness as follows:

LUSTER: Black pearls are metallic color. You will find a higher and more colorful luster from them than you would from White South Sea Pearls. Dark nacre does not reflect light in the same way that white nacre does. As the result of that, the best way to identify the luster potential of a black pearl is to compare pearls under equivalent lighting conditions. After you compare them, you probably find that good luster is an essential ingredient for pearl beauty.

Low luster in black pearls is often caused by its thin nacre, as is the case with white pearls. However, thin-nacre black pearls can even have good luster while thick –nacre pearls may have low luster. Consequently,luster and nacre thickness are considered as two different value factors.

COLOR: Two decades ago, the favorite coloration for black pearls was dark gay with green and pink overtones. Tastes have change as time has changed. Lighter colored black pearls and other multicolored necklaces become popular. But Price between dark “peacock-colored” pearls and the pastel –colored pearls are almost the same.

There is no standardized system throughout the pearl industry for classifying or valuing the color of black pearls, and considering the complexity of it, there may never be. At any rate, you should select colors that you like and that look nice on you.

SHAPE:The more symmetrical these shapes are, the more their value. The most expensive shape is the round and semi-round ones. Drop shapes are shapes that which are flat on one side and rounded on the other, these shapes are the next most expensive.The least expensive is the Baroque shapes and circled pearls with ring-like formation around them. So when you need to cut down on the price of a black pearl, shape is a good category to compromise on.



identify a natural-color black pearl is to send it to a lab and have it tested. It's only been within the last 25 to 30 years that cultured black pearls have become commercially important. Most of them are cultivated in Tahiti (French Polynesia to be more accurate) and others are produced in places like Okinawa, Fiji, the Cook Islands and Baja California.

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