Guide to Freshwater Pearls

 

Guide to Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater Pearl Grading Guide

 

AAAA Grade : Highest lustre, reflection and clarity, 99% of pearl surface is clean and smooth, nearly perfect shaped .

 

AAA Grade : Excellent lustre, reflection and clarity, 95% of pearl surface is clean and smooth, excellent shaped.

 

AA Grade:  Very nice lustre, reflection and clarity, 86% of pearl surface is clean and smooth, tiny imperfections can be seen if look   closely, well shaped. 

 

A Grade:  Nice lustre, reflection and clarity, 81% of pearl surface is clean and smooth, small imperfections can be seen if look   closely, well shaped. 

 

B Grade:  Good lusrer, reflection and clarity, less than 70% of pearl surface is clean and smooth, imperfections, blemishes and irregular shape are visible. 

 

C Grade:  Medium lustre, reflection and clarity, less than 50% of pearl surface is clean and smooth, imperfections, blemishes and irregular shape are even more visible than grade B.

 

Caring for your Freshwater Pearls

Quality pearls are durable, but proper care is necessary to keep them beautiful and lustrous. Here are some important tips to care for your pearls.

If you're anything like me, I like to wear my pearls everywhere so I take special precautions so that they will maintain their allure.

Keep pearls away from chlorine (as found for instance in swimming pools), hairspray, perfume, and cosmetics, as these substances will damage the pearl’s surface.

Make sure you put pearls on after you have finished spraying perfume or hairspray and putting on makeup.

Also, remove pearls before exercising to keep them away from perspiration.

Wash pearls periodically with mild soap (NOT detergent) and a soft cloth. When you have finished washing the pearls, rinse them in clean water and wrap them in a thin, damp cotton towel to dry.

DO NOT use jewellery cleaners with ammonia or vinegar (or other acids) in them.

Gently wipe the pearls with a warm, damp cloth to remove body oils or dirt before putting them away.

Pearls should be stored away from other objects or jewellery that may scratch the pearl’s surface. Wrap the pearls in linen, a soft cloth, or place in a soft pouch.

Do NOT store pearls in an airtight package such as a plastic bag because pearls need some moisture. If the environment is too dry, the pearls may crack.