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Understanding pearl grading is crucial in order to purchase the highest quality pearls at the best possible value. While other gems such as diamonds have standardized grading systems that allow uniformity in the consumer market, unfortunately the pearl industry has not adopted a universal grading system. This sometimes results in confused customers who find it hard to make an "apple-to-apples" comparison when looking at pearl jewelry on multiple websites. Laguna Pearl follows the most commonly accepted pearl grading system, which is the AAA quality system. Please scroll down below to view our grading tables for each pearl type.
It is important to note that often times grading is subjective and consumers might be told that they are getting "AAA Quality" pearls, when in fact the pearls are of lesser quality. This is the reason why it is CRUCIAL to work with companies who have solid reputations in their industries, as w`ell as ample reviews from similar customers such as yourself. Please feel free to thoroughly review our Testimonials page, as well as our independent reviews on Trust Pilot and our A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau. At Laguna Pearl, our reputation and credibility speaks for itself. Simply put, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality pearl jewelry at the most affordable prices.
Freshwater pearls are typically found in lakes and rivers in China and produced in mollusks called mussels. Freshwater pearls have recently revolutionized the pearl industry by producing beautiful and lustrous natural white, pink, and peach pearls at a price that is a fraction of Akoya and smaller sized South Sea pearls.
Akoya Pearls are among the most popular pearls that are worn by women today. Akoya Pearls have the advantage of being better priced than South Sea pearls, while being more visually appealing than Freshwater pearls. The high levels of luster and better culturing techniques used by pearl farmers in Japan, produce gorgeous pearls which have graced the necks, ears, fingers, and wrists of women for decades.
Laguna Pearl is a direct importer of Akoya pearls from Japan, where these gems are produced in the Pinctada Fucata oyster in saltwater environments. Laguna Pearl only sells JAPANESE Akoya pearls, as oppose to lower quality Chinese Akoya pearls that have made there way into the pearl markets, especially through online stores. Since Laguna Pearl only offers the finest and highest quality products, we refuse to offer anything less to our customers. Despite the gross misconception by many online vendors that Chinese and Japanese Akoya pearls are equivalent, Japanese culturing techniques are the quintessential element to beautiful Akoya pearls. All of our akoya pearl necklaces are strung on site, and our extensive experience of GIA graduates pay careful attention to every detail.
Tahitian Pearls are considered to be some of the most exotic and beautiful pearls in the world. With the largest collection of uniform and multicolor Tahitian strands on the internet, Laguna Pearl has build a solid reputation for having the highest quality Tahitian pearl necklaces available anywhere. While Tahitian South Sea pearls are commonly known as "black pearls", this pearl type actually consists of hundreds of different colors and overtones such as peacock green, silver green, blue, and eggplant colors. All of our Tahitian pearls are 100% genuine Tahitian South Sea pearls, which have never been treated, dyed or enhanced in any way.
Laguna Pearl upholds the highest standard when it comes to the grading of our pearls. Our stringent grading system exceeds the standards defined by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in the United States and the Perles de Tahiti classification guide by the French Polynesian Parliament Regulation. What differentiates Laguna Pearl is that our company is a direct importer of Tahitian pearls from the pearl farms of French Polynesia. Our tremendous inventory and availability of Tahitian strands and loose pearls has made Laguna Pearl the online leader in Tahitian pearls.
Our system consists of four grades: AAA Quality, AA+ Quality, AA Quality, A Quality. Our grading system follows in line with the MOST ACCEPTED grading system in the pearl jewelry industry (both online and in retail stores) for Tahitian Pearls.
South Sea pearls are considered to be the most valuable and unique pearls found in the world today. These pearls are produced by the Pinctada Maxima oyster, which are found on the shores of Australia and the Philippines. Both Golden & White South Sea pearls are very rare and difficult to find in most jewelry stores, especially in higher qualities. Laguna Pearl specializes in offering South Sea pearls that consist of the highest levels of pearl luster and surface cleanliness.
All of our South Sea pearls are 100% genuine South Sea pearls, which have never been dyed, treated or enhanced in any way. Laguna Pearl also includes an official Certificate of Authenticity with every order, guaranteeing that our pearls are 100% genuine. Our extensive collection of South Sea pearls and high number of satisfied customers over the years has singled out Laguna Pearl as the online leader in South Sea pearls.
Laguna Pearl takes pride in being known for our stringent pearl grading guidelines in order that we offer our customers the highest quality pearls available anywhere on the internet, period. Our system consists of four grades: AAA, AA+, AA, A. Our grading system follows in line with the MOST ACCEPTED grading system in the pearl jewelry industry (both online and in retail stores) for South Sea Pearls.
Nacre thickness is an important factor when measuring a pearl's quality. Laguna Pearl is committed to offering pearls that consist of very thick nacre coatings. In truth, most governments set a minimum nacre thickness to prevent low quality pearls from being exported from the country. Furthermore, all pearls are x-rayed and evaluated prior to export to ensure that they meet the strict nacre standards of their particular region. Therefore, all pearls on the retail market have already been approved by this standard. All pearls used by Laguna Pearl have undergone these inspections to ensure that they are of the highest quality.