Category: Articles about Pearls

Why ASJ Loves Pearls

You may have noticed that I love pearls and feature them in many different designs, whether they are the main focus, or simply an accent. I believe there is something truly classy and timeless...

The Problem with Buying Retail or Auction Pearls

The Problem with Buying Retail or Auction Pearls

Big pearl sellers (sites or retail stores) or auction site sellers of loose pearls and pearl strands will often have pictures, lots of pictures. But you want to make sure that the photos are accompanied...

How to Buy Pearls

How to Buy Pearls

You’ve decided which type, shape, color, but how do you decide for sure? Rule 6: find the pearls you like. For most people (who don’t want to spend thousands on a necklace) that will mean looking for...

How to Tell the Value of Pearls-Shell Time

How to Tell the Value of Pearls-Shell Time

How do you know if you’re getting what you pay for or just some cheap bead or piece of calcium? Buying pearls can be a challenge even for jewelry designers and gem merchants, and...

What Is a Pearl?

What Is a Pearl?

A pearl is one of the few gemstones classified as “organic” (it came from something alive-a live mollusk) and because of its organic nature, it is one of the most beautiful and expressive gems...

Pearl Rules: Get What You Want & Your Money’s Worth

Pearl Rules: Get What You Want & Your Money’s Worth

TMI or just enough? Too much information about gemstones and jewelry-making can be overwhelming, but the right amount of knowledge about jewelry pricing, fakes, and definitions can help you get what you want, and...