Advantages Of & Best Buying Tips For Freshwater Pearl Jewelry
There once was time, not all that long ago, when Freshwater Pearl production seemed relatively trapped in “the dark ages” and relegated mostly to those “quantity” focused entrepreneurs who were far more concerned about mass produced numbers, caring far less about aesthetics of “artisan crafted” premium quality!
Thankfully, those bleak times died out as we progressed our way to the new millennium and by the time the 2,000 rolled around, there was a FRESH new approach, attitude and aesthetic to the production of pearls grown outside of the saline saturated oceans and seas.
Now days, a whole entire generation of "fashionistas," designers, celebrities and outspoken supporters from the ranks of the powerful, prestigious “rich and famous” loudly and proudly applaud and embrace the fascinating and unique qualities of Freshwater Pearls.
The uniquely original, charming character, visually unusual, stimulating shapes and the spectacular spectrum of vividly vibrant and variant color, hues and outlandish chromatic combinations have served to develop some HUGE FANS within the creative / artistic community, as well as the posh world of elegance, refinement and culture.
The societal soliloquies of “Bigger is Better” and “More is even MORE Better” have created an increasingly surging wave of adoring fans, who can’t help but be enthusiastically enticed by such amazingly alluring opportunities for inexpensive, flashes of fashion.
Freshwater pearls offer a vast variety of fascinating and distinctive shapes, colors, and textures while the high percentage of quality “nacre” offers both strength and a warm, organic luster quite different from the glossy, metallic finish of an “Akoya” pearl.
Besides the traditional, standard white, freshwater pearls are naturally produced in a wild cavalcade of colors, pretty much any hue and combination found on an artist palate or in the loveliest of rainbows. As for available shapes, take your pick, anything from the traditionally perfect round globe, to unusual shapes resembling buttons, pears, coins, potatoes, rice and even sticks.
The higher percentage of valuable, organic “nacre” means a lot more explosive natural luster and exuding emanations of eye-catching light and color, not to mention playfully pleasant over-tones that simply shine with a shimmering sheen.
So what do you need to know and / or watch out for when purchasing Freshwater Pearls?
Even if you have already done a LOT of deep research into pearls, you most definitely are much better off by asking as many questions as you have … about the pearls origin, quality, rating and value.
Any hesitancy in the seller wanting to answer such questions is a definite “red flag” and you are better off getting out of there with your money, before you get taken advantage of.
True “Pearl Experts,” those with all of the GIA Training and Certification, those with the decades of knowledge and expertise, really KNOW and LOVE their pearls and absolutely enjoy any opportunity to talk about their favorite topic of conversation … Pearls.
Not only will an authorized Pearl Expert be “thrilled” to answer all of your questions, but they will be voluntarily offering up more tips, suggestions and information than you would ever even be able to dream of asking yourself.
If the seller doesn’t enthusiastically want to talk pearls with you, something is very wrong and you need to leave and go elsewhere.
Also, keep in mind that sometimes a little knowledge is just enough to get yourself into some big trouble, by assuming that you know more than you actually DO.
For example, a lot of buyers will emphasize the vast quality differences that exist between “Cultured Pearls” and “Freshwater Pearls” in an effort to validate the price that they are charging for a particular set or strand.
Fact: Freshwater Pearls “ARE” Cultured Pearls!
Any pearl that is artificially nucleated, is a “cultured pearl.” So while the term "cultured pearl" is a commonly used “trade term” used to describe the “Akoya Pearl,” a saltwater pearl utilizing a totally different “nucleating” process than Freshwater Pearls, some buyers with “a little” understanding of pearls, might inadvertently be led down a “rabbit hole” and duped by the terminology.
So simply be sure to ask questions and check the GIA Certificates and you should have a most wonderful experience acquiring some Freshwater trophies that will sparkle and glitter for generations to come.