How to Identify Real Pearls
Distinguish real pearls from fake pearls. Fake pearls have many names such as faux, simulated, plastic, glass, resin and artificial. You might also want to find real pearls yourself - but don’t spoil nature because of that!
A faux pearl is generally understood to mean any sort of pearl that is made of something other than true
nacre, be it plastic, glass, or resin. A faux pearl is not usually understood to be a cultured pearl, even though
this is not, strictly speaking, a natural pearl. Real or cultured pearls may also be treated, either with dyes or
special coatings, and can come from a variety of mollusks in addition to oysters. There are a few different
ways to distinguish a faux pearl from a real pearl, and even to distinguish a cultured pearl from a real pearl,
some of which are more effective than others.
Run a pearl over the edge of your teeth.
A real pearl will feel sandy and gritty, while fake pearls have a smooth texture.
Rub two pearls against each other.
The layers of nacre from real pearls will leave a powdery residue.
Put the pearls under a 30x jeweler’s loupe.
The surface of real pearls look scaly, while the surface of fake pearls will appear grainy.
If you have an extra pearl, cut it in half or even smash it open with a hammer.
(This is not recommended for a strung necklace, only an extra loose pearl).
The inside of real pearls consists of thin layers of nacre, that looks like the layers of an onion
Have the pearls examined or x-rayed by a certified gemologist.
The inside of real pearls consists of thin layers of nacre, that looks like the layers of an onion as shown in the graphic above.
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