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How to Select Black Pearls

by Kendra Leonard

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Black pearl jewelry

Black pearls make beautiful jewelry that is elegant and modern at the same time. Pearl necklaces, rings, and bracelets with black pearls can be worn on nearly any occasion, day or night. Black pearls are created by just one mollusk, the giant black-lipped oyster. These oysters are farmed primarily in Polynesia, where they also occur naturally. Black pearls come in many different varieties and price ranges, but selecting the right black pearl jewelry for your wardrobe won't be difficult with these simple tips.

Selecting Black Pearls:

  1. Learn the pearl quality rating. Pearls are graded in two ways: the AAA-A system and the A-D system, which is also referred to as the Tahitian system.

    • The finest pearls will be rated AAA in the AAA-A system or A in the Tahitian system. These pearls will have a perfectly round shape, high luster and shine and no visible flaws.

    • Good pearls will be rated AA in the AAA-A system or a B or C in the Tahitian system. These pearls might have small surface defects or lack the ideal shape, but are still beautiful and many will even appear flawless when used in jewelry.

    • The lowest rated pearls will be rated A in the AAA-A system or D in the Tahitian system. These pearls will have many surface defects, low luster and poor symmetry.

  2. Decide what kind of jewelry you want. Black pearls come in many different jewelry styles. Black pearl necklaces are very popular and come in many lengths. Necklaces, bracelets and rings with black pearls can be minimal and plain or highly embellished with other stones and precious metals. Your style and fashion preferences will help you determine what kind of black pearl jewelry you purchase, and you can also take into account where and how you will wear your black pearls.

  3. Set a budget. Flawless black pearls are rare and can be very expensive, so it is important to have a price range in mind when you are shopping for a piece of black pearl jewelry. You might decide that these expensive pieces are well worth the investment or you might prefer to buy a black pearl necklace or bracelet that is a little more affordable. Beautiful pieces of black pearl jewelry can be found in nearly any price range.

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