It might look like a pearl. It might feel like a pearl. Someone might tell you it’s a pearl. But is it actually a REAL pearl? When looking for pearl jewellery in Sydney, or anywhere for that matter, this is a very good question.
There are lots of fake pearls out there that look like the real thing, and millions of people have been fooled into buying them. How can you avoid that fate? Here are seven ways to tell that a pearl is a real pearl!
They’re Too Good To Be True – If a string of pearls looks exactly the same and every one of them is perfect – then they’re likely to be fake. Real pearls have natural imperfections, and no two are the same. If there’s a perfect uniformity to them, they’re probably not genuine.
No Such Thing As A Bargain – This “too good to be true” rule also applies to the price. If those gorgeous pearls are being sold at what seems like a real bargain basement price, then it’s highly likely they’re fake. Real pearls are very valuable and should be priced accordingly.
Cool To The Touch – If you pick up a real pearl, it should feel quite cold to the touch before increasing in temperature in your hand. A fake pearl will actually be close to room temperature when you first pick it up.
The Rub Test – Rub two real pearls together and they’ll feel gritty while you’re doing so. It’s as if there’s friction between them. If you were to do the same with fake pearls, the sensation would be smooth, and you’d hardly feel any friction at all.
The Tooth Test – This is similar to the rub test, but maybe even more effective. Gently rub a pearl against your teeth – your teeth have to be real! This test won’t work on veneers or implants! Like the rub test, the sensation on your teeth should be a slightly gritty one to indicate a real pearl. If the feeling is very smooth, it’s not the genuine article.
Weigh Them Up – Real pearls are quite dense, and therefore relatively heavy for their size. Fake pearls are lightweight in every sense of the word. If you can pick up real pearls in one hand and fake pearls in the other then you would definitely be able to tell a difference.
A Knotty Issue – Real pearls on a string will usually have a knot between everyone. This is to prevent potential damage by stopping a pearl rubbing against the one next to it. On the other hand, a string of cheap and nasty fake pearls will probably not have a knot between each one.
All the advice in the world is just that- advice. To really be sure that a pearl is real, or fake, ask a qualified jeweller. Someone who deals in pearl jewellery every day will know the idiosyncrasies of these beautiful gems. They’ll recognise the unique colours and character that make pearls unique, and so much more wonderful than any fake.