For first time buyers interested predominantly in necklaces of Akoya pearls we recommend you consider the following:
Many clients are drawn to pink or silver-pink pearls but due to limited production of these pearls, demand can outstrip supply. High demand for pearls of this colour also leads to comparatively higher prices.
We recommend a necklace of pink or silver-pink pearls if it is to be worn for short periods of time. These pearls suit persons with a fair complexion. If a longer necklace is required to be worn over clothes, then we recommend that you consider the more economical option of cultured pearls in cream, champagne or greenish tones.
Many buyers are influenced by the size of the pearls only, whereby we recommend that other qualities are considered.
Ideally you should decide on the length of the necklace and then let yourself be advised by your jeweller on the quality and size of the pearls. Larger pearls demand a higher budget whereby pearls of a smaller diameter will reflect in the price but not the quality.
The most perfectly round pearls of the highest quality demand the highest prices.
A more economical alternative is to consider pearls that are not wholly round. They have their own unique character and a beautiful lustre which provides a charming alternative to wholly round pearls.
One of the most important aspects relating to the quality of a pearl is their lustre. The quality of the layers is judged by their ability to reflect light and their glossiness.
The mother-of-pearl layer is the most important aspect in determining the quality of the pearl. The size, form, colour and lustre can be determined by eye, but the thickness and quality of the layers can only be determined by your specialist jeweller.
Do not be put off by slight irregularities in the mother of pearl. We have to remember that even cultured pearls are a natural phenomenon and are therefore rarely perfect.
Remain flexible reference the colour, shape and size of the pearl but do not compromise on the thickness of the mother-of-pearl.