Information About Pearls
What are the three different types of pearls?
Cultured, natural and simulated (fake).
What is the difference between Cultured and
Cultured and natural pearls are exactly the same:
They both are REAL pearls.
They're both made by the oyster.
There is no visible difference between them.
The only difference is in the way they get their
start. With cultured pearls, sand is inserted on
purpose by a person. With natural pearls, sand
gets inside the pearls by accident. (A wave may
push sand or a piece of shell into the oyster).
Why do some people think that cultured pearls are
Most people have little knowledge about pearls.
Some think cultured means fake! Did you know that
all real pearls sold in elegant jewelry stores
are cultured pearls
What are simulated (fake) pearls?
Beads made of glass, plastic or any other
material designed to look like real pearls.
How can you tell if a pearl is real or simulated?
Besides taking the pearl to a qualified,
professional jeweler, you can put the pearl
through the TEST. Rub the pearl gently on your
teeth. If the feeling is rough or gritty, it is a
real pearl! If it is very smooth, it is a
How long does it take to make a pearl?
Generally, an oyster must be 3 years old before
sand can be inserted. Then, usually it takes at
least 3 more years to form a beautiful pearl.
What are freshwater pearls?
Cultured pearls are from the oyster family in the
ocean or salt water. Freshwater pearls are just
like cultured pearls except that they are from
the mussel family and can be found in fresh water
like rivers, lakes and ponds. Freshwater pearls
are beautiful and have become very popular in
recent years to set in to jewelry.
What determines a pearls value?
Size: Larger pearls are more valuable than
Shape: Round pearls are more valuable than less
Lustre: The way the pearl seems to "shine" and
Color: Nature can produce pearls in a variety of
colors. Generally black pearls are considered the
What size pearls do we usually get from the
Vantel's smallest pearls are about 5 millimeters.
Our largest are 81/2 millimeters. Our average is
generally 6 to 61/2 millimeters. We measure and
appraise every pearl for you right at the party.
What causes the different colors of pearls?
Pearl color and lustre formation is a wonderful
mystery of nature. There are many theories and
explanations, but we believe no one knows for
What is the "bellybutton" of the pearl?
Real pearls are made by nature, not by people.
Simulated pearls can be perfectly round and
unblemished. Real pearls can have small marks or
bumps that we refer to as "bellybuttons". Every
pearl is unique and natural.