HOW TO BUY FRESHWATER PEARLS
Cultured Freshwater pearls are colorful and budget-friendly pearls from China.
SIZE- Freshwater pearls range in size from 6.0mm up to 12.0mm, with the most popular sizes being 6.0-7.0mm, 7.0-8.0mm and 8.0-9.0mm. The smaller sizes are perfect for petite ladies or teen girls, while the 7.0-8.0mm and 8.0-9.0mm sizes are an excellent and popular choice for women of all ages.
COLOR/OVERTONE- Freshwater pearls come in a rainbow of natural colors. Choose from white, pink, peach or lavender hues for a fun look. Black Freshwater pearls are color-treated and display iridescent Peacock colors.
LUSTER- Both AA+ and AAA quality Freshwater pearls display luster that is slightly "satiny" or soft. Reflected light sources will appear slightly blurred on the edges, however you should still get a fair degree of reflectivity. AAA quality pearls will reflect light at a higher rate, and feature slightly sharper luster.
SURFACE QUALITY- Freshwater pearl surface quality is graded on the A- AAA grading scale. AAA quality will display less than 5% blemishing on the surface- they are clean to the eye with near-perfect matching for color, luster and almost perfectly round shape. AA+ quality pearls have less than 10% blemishing with very high luster, and perfect matching for color, luster and shape.
SHAPEFreshwater pearls can be round or button-shaped. Our AAA quality pearls will be near true round with slight variations visible upon up-close inspection of 6-inches or less. AA+ quality pearl earrings will be button shaped, while AA+ quality necklaces are slightly off-round to oval-ish in shape.