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How to Identify Real Pearls Compared to Fake Ones

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Identify and Distinguish Real Pearls Compared to Fake One

Like most things precious, pearls have cheap imitations which are often passed off as the real deal. However, there are some simple ways through which you can judge their authenticity without spending a lot of money by getting them tested professionally. You would want to wear a better jewelry, be it necklace, bracelet or rings. Who doesn't?!

  1. Real pearls are much heavier

how to identify real pearls compared to fake onesReal pearls are much heavier than the fake ones. However, the weight of a single pearl might be hard to judge. So you can take a few of them on the palm of your hand and try to lighten your hand in order to see how heavy they really are. The fake pearls are often made of plastic, and are much lighter than the originals. Real pearls will feel heavy on your hand, even if they do not have much weight in themselves.

  1. Real pearls are not very smooth

Real pearls are made in nature. They are never perfectly spherical, and their surface is not very smooth. They are textured and they are also slightly disfigured. Even those which are polished properly are not completely smooth and shapely. In order to determine the smoothness, rubbing two pearls together will do the trick. When you do so, real pearls will cause friction, and you will not be able to rub them properly, because of the texture which they are naturally imbued with. However, fake pearls are made to look absolutely smooth and flawless, so rubbing them together will cause no friction at all.

  1. Real pearls are not absolutely white in color

Real pearls are not completely white in color. They have a deep ivory tinge to them, and no two pearls will appear absolutely same in color. The fake ones, however, are given a bright white finish to them, in order for them to appear perfect. However, the real pearls are, in fact, not perfect. They have blemishes on them, and there is a depth which in imbued in its color, which is not present in the fake versions. If your pearls appear to be a bright shade of white, there is a good chance it is fake. Also, real pearls have color overtones to them. They tend to reflect light very well. The cheaper versions may not be able to do so as well, even if they appear to be shiny. A good luster is something you should look out for, if you’re trying to tell the difference between fake and real pearls.

  1. Real pearls are rough when rubbed against teeth

A simple and effective way of telling if the pearls are real is to rub them against your teeth. As mentioned before, real pearls have texture to them. The irregularities on their surface will feel rough when it causes friction. Fake pearls however, will yield no such result. Taking a pearl or two, and rubbing them against your tooth, will lead to an accurate result when you’re trying to judge if the pearls are real. High quality pearls will have high luster, will appear irregular when examined closely, will be heavy, and not perfectly spherical.


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