Proud Pearls only works with the highest quality of genuine pearls. All pearls are carefully handpicked by us- only the highest quality are chosen for use in the beautiful designs. Each item of jewellery is carefully hand-made. Proud Pearls is very proud of our well trained, passionate and professional team. We are proud of the team behind Proud Pearls, who all work with great passion to make the best product possible. The whole production process of the Proud Pearls harvest is a fair and honest process. We work together with small pearl farms and are happy to support their families.
Freshwater farming, an interested process
The interestingly named ‘triangular oysters’ are well suited for cultured pearl production. They are tissue nucleated (how each pearl begins) and left to grow and develop outside in freshwater ponds. The water quality and water management is very important, and is closely monitored. After 2-3 years the pearls are harvested. The oyster-meat is used for local food, as fertilizer and animal feed. The mollusc shells are recycled and used for a variety of purposes, including decoration products.
AAA- quality pearls are the highest standard of pearls. They are of the best quality, with the most consistent roundness and luster. Baroque pearls have a more distinctive appearance due to their whimsical shape.
How to tell if a pearl is real
A few simple tests can help you determine whether your pearl item is a fake or the “real deal” in a matter of minutes. Learn how to look and feel for the signs of a real pearl today and you’ll never need to worry about falling for imitations again.
- Look for minor imperfections. As noted above, real pearls are only rarely “perfect”. Usually, they’ll have small blemishes or irregularities in their shape.Their outer nacre layer may also reflect light differently on different parts of the pearl. Imitation pearls are almost always “too perfect” — they look perfectly spherical, they have the same amount of luster on every part of the surface, and show no indents or imperfections.
While perfectly round real pearls are rare but possible, a necklace will almost never be made only from these types of pearls. A necklace made from pearls that all seem to be exactly the same smooth, round shape is almost certainly a fake.
- Check for a sharp, healthy luster. Luster is a way that jewelers describe the type of light reflected from a precious stone. A pearl’s luster is part of what makes it so beautiful. Good-quality pearls should have a bright, clear luster that makes them shine when light hits them. If you look closely, you should be able to see your own reflection on the pearl’s surface.
- Check for an overtone. Good-quality pearls are often prized for their overtones — the subtle color that is visible on their outer surface when light hits them. Fake pearls will usually not have this overtone effect, which is tricky to duplicate. Thus, if your pearl seems very slightly shaded with color when light hits is, there is a good chance it’s real. Rose and ivory are two of the most desired overtones for white pearls, though a wide variety of colors are possible. Since some real pearls don’t have a visible overtone, not seeing an overtone on your pearl isn’t necessarily a sure sign that it’s fake.
- Look for clues around the drill hole. Pearls on a strand or necklace will usually have holes drilled in them for the string to pass through. Examining this hole carefully can help you tell whether your pearl is real or not. Specific things you’ll want to look for include:
Well-defined edges to the hole. Real pearls usually have drill holes with sharp edges (like a hollow cylinder). Fakes often have rough or rounded edges. However, old and well-worn real pearls may also have rounded edges to their holes. Fake pearls may also bow outward at the surface of the pearl, rather than being perfectly cylindrical.
Chipped paint or coating around the hole. As fake pearls rub against each other with repeated use, their artificial coating can wear away around the holes. You may be able to see slivers of glass or plastic underneath. This is a sure sign of a fake.
- Look in the hole for a line between the nacre and nucleus. A real pearl almost always has a clear outer nacre layer, while fake pearls have thin layers of artificial nacre or lack them entirely. If your pearl has a drill hole, you can check for nacre by peering in with a magnifying glass. Real pearls will usually (but not always) have a noticeable line that separates the nacre from the nucleus (the inside part of the pearl).