Over thousands of years, pearls have earned their reputation as one of the world’s most prized treasures. Coveted for their beauty, elegance and luster pearls have become the epitome of sophistication. It’s no wonder almost every woman dreams of owning her own set of pearls. Pearls come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are available in a range of prices. For those on a budget, Freshwater pearl stud earrings are an ideal choice for a first time purchase.
Freshwater pearls are the most common type of pearl and as a result, more affordable than most other pearls. They are grown inside of mussels, instead of oysters, which can grow up to 20 pearls at a time due to their larger size.
Thanks to huge advances in the techniques used to cultivate freshwater pearls, they are available in an assortment of shapes, colors and sizes. A simple pair of pearl stud earrings is a must-have accessory for any woman. Pearls add a touch of class to any occasion, whether it is a special event or a casual get-together.
What to look for when purchasing freshwater pearls
Buying pearls for the first time can be a difficult task for beginners, but making your first fine jewelry purchase needn’t be stressful.
Here are a few quick tips to consider when starting your collection:
1) Look for flaws in your freshwater pearls.
More often than not, a pearl will have some kind of flaw. Make sure you inspect your pearls for flaws such as irregular shapes, blemishes, chips, or even cracks. You wouldn’t buy a flower that had brown petals on it, would you? The fewer flaws there are, the more valuable the pearl.
On the other hand, these flaws can have positive benefits as well. They can help you identify your pearls as your own, and they also prove your pearls are real. Perfection is something not even nature can produce.
2) Purchase from a reputable company with a solid return policy.
We’ve all suffered from buyer’s remorse. Sometimes, gemstones look better in a photograph or at the store, so make sure you can exchange or return your purchase if they’re not what you expected when you get them home.
3) Make sure your pearl stud earrings are authentic.
Before you whip out your card, ask for a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) certificate. The GIA is the most prestigious gem grading institute in the world and issues verification of the quality and authenticity of pearls.
4) Be cautious when buying colored pearls.
It’s common for manufactures to dye freshwater pearls to create different colors. However, be aware that sometimes dyes are hiding imperfections. If your heart is set on buying a pair of colored pearl earrings, make sure inspect them carefully. Beware of any areas where the color seems concentrated.
Freshwater pearls are the perfect starter pearls for novice buyers. They are more readily available on the market, making them more affordable without being low quality. There are times in life when costume jewelry simply just won’t do, and a pair of freshwater pearl stud earrings means you can add elegance and luxury to your look without going over budget.