The Wide World of Pearls, Our 33rd Issue: Pearls for Easter! Thurs., A
ENJOY THE EASTER-Y PASTEL COLORS ON THESE EDISON PEARLS
Even casual fans of my blog know I’ve got a thing for “Edison” pearls, particularly the rare and fancy colors.
Not wasting any time, I sat down and poured over a few thousand top grade loose pearls, ultimately selecting just a few incredible pearls …
What Is Luster?
Luster is arguably THE MOST important aspect of a pearl’s value, beating out surface quality, symmetry of shape, size and color by a mile. If a pearl doesn’t have nice luster, it just isn’t going to be worth much.
Pearl luster has three components:
Luster measures the rate of light reflecting off the surface of the pearl.
Luster measures the sharpness of reflection visible on its surface.
Luster also measures how well light beams break up through the nacre layers to refract back at the viewer, giving very fine quality pearls a subtle “glowing” aspect.
All four of the major pearl types require a rating of “High to Very High” luster in order to be graded “AAA Quality”. However, each pearl type plays with light in its own unique way and should be evaluated on a scale that takes that into account.
Baroque Blue Akoya Pearl Bracelet: 7.0 – 8.0mm – AA+
These natural color Akoya pearls were hand selected for their high luster and rare body colors. While the baroque shape gives these pearls a delightful “from the ocean” appearance.
The baroque shape also has the added bonus of emphasizing the colorful overtones these pearls display. A rare find, pearls like this are extremely popular with collectors.
The bracelet is 7.5 inches in length, 7.0-8.0mm in size and AA+ in quality. All our bracelets are hand-knotted between each pearl for security. The pearls are strung with 100% silk thread and finished with a 14K white or yellow gold clasp.