CERTIFICATES/APPRAISALS Every item we sell comes with a Certificate of Guarantee describing the piece, its quality, and its retail value. Each certificate is prepared by a professional GIA certified pearl grading expert and qualifies as an appraisal for insurance purposes.
INDEPENDENT LAB APPRAISALS We
offer a special service you will only find from The Pearl Outlet. We will,
at your request, send your purchase to an independent GIA certified lab for a Preliminary
Report or for a full Insurance Appraisal.
Rates are as follows:
PRESENTATION All of our
items come in professional presentation boxes that are as nice, or better, than
what you would expect from your local jeweler. They will make a lasting
impression when given as a gift and are perfect for storing your pearls in for
generations to come.
QUALITY The quality of a pearls is judged on several factors. These factors are luster, blemishes, matching, shape, and nacre thickness. Nacre thickness is crucial to the value of a pearl since a pearl with thin nacre will not last. A pearl with no blemishes is often a sign of a poor quality pearl since the thicker the nacre is, the more chance of blemishes. On the other hand, a very high quality pearl will have a combination of thick nacre, no blemishes, high luster, and good matching.
Pearl Outlet uses a letter grading scale from A to AAA. Following is a table
describing what each quality rating means:
The above scale is for Akoya saltwater, South Sea, and Tahitian pearls. Note that freshwater pearls are graded differently because of thier roundness.
HOW WE MAINTAIN SUCH LOW
PRICES The reason we can sell our pearl
jewelry at such low prices is our ability to fly around the world and to buy
directly from the major sources, without going through a secondary distributor.
Being able to buy them like this, allows us to purchase the pearls for
dramatically lower prices, and sometimes sell them for them for less than
wholesale. Jewelry stores, who often buy from outlets like us, typically pay
about twice our cost for their pearls, and their markup is usually 400 to 600
percent, putting them at or near our list prices.
HOW WE PRICE OUR PEARLS
Our retail prices are based on independent appraisals done by
Sharon Wakefield, BSChe, GG, ISA-CAPP. Wakefield, a widely respected gemologist
and appraiser, holds a Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma from the Gemological
Institute of America (GIA) and is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property
through the International Society of Appraisers. Note that, while our retail
prices are based on these independent appraisals, not every piece has been
appraised due to the extravagant cost that would be involved in doing so.