Due to the popularity and price of a black pearl necklace, several fake ones have been introduced to the market. Some sellers bare it all and tell potential buyers up front that the pieces they are selling are fake ones. What would you expect from a price of $2.50 per pearl? But there are also manufacturers who produce class AA replica that would pass as authentic if the buyer does not know how to determine fake or not. These sellers take advantage of your ignorance to sell you fake pearl jewelry. So how you do you know which ones are real?
There are two major categories of all pearls in the market: the saltwater and the freshwater. Saltwater pearls are harvested from oysters. On the other hand, freshwater pearls are those from mussels grown in rivers, lakes, and ponds. Both pearls can be cultured so a genuine pearl may also include cultured pearls.
So what are fake pearls?
A fake black pearl necklace is made up of ceramics, glass, plastics and a host of other materials that either stand alone or combined to make one pearl-looking result. They are usually sold as costume jewelry or one of those that you will only wear for shows. The advancement in modern technology has made it possible to artificially produce fake pearls that look like real ones, minus the weight and luster.
With that said, the business of determining fake from real pearls is quite a challenge. But here are a few tips.
- If you rub a pearl gently across your upper front teeth, you will notice that the real one has a gritty or sandy feel. On the other hand, pearls from a fake black pearl necklace will appear smooth. Also if you try to dig a hole in the pearl, you will notice that the genuine one will have smooth and sharp edges around the hole. Otherwise, that’s a fake pearl.
- A pearl that is genuine feels heavy to hold while the fake one usually feels light, unless you have a solid glass bead. But be extra careful on this note because there’s such a thing as the Swarovski Crystal Pearl. This is a man-made pearl with a crystal core and then the pearly coating is applied in layers. So if you hold a Swarovski pearl in your hand, it will feel as heavy as the real one.
- And of course, unless they are Hanadama pearls, the real ones should have minimal blemishes. A pearl that is not Hanadama and shows complete perfection is most likely a fake one.
- Lastly, if a black pearl necklace is unbelievably cheap, then you have reason to doubt its authenticity. However, the cost of genuine pearls may vary depending on the dealer.
Where can you buy genuine pearl jewelry?
Antique shops may have old pearl necklaces. Pearls are organic so it is natural for them to age. The wear visible on the pearls’ surface will determine how long it’s been used. Other than that, genuine items have a knot in between each pearl and the string used should be silk, such is the unwritten rule in the old days of pearl jewelry making.
However, if you want brand new jewelry then you can visit physical stores or log on to our website which is one of the most popular sources of genuine pearls such as black pearl necklace and other pearl accessories that are sold at a reasonable rate.