The Five Virtues Of Fine Pearls
The paramount defining virtue of beauty and therefore value. How light reflects from the pearl's surface, but also how it seems to glow from within. Lustre ranges from the bright and sprightly to the warm and alluring. It's a virtue that combines the quantum nature of light and the subjective judgement of the beholder. It catches and complements the beauty, the moods and personality of the wearer. Like all virtues, the lustre of Cultured Pearls is natural. It should never be chemically modified or enhanced.
The more flawless the pearl the higher the value. But pearls are created in the ocean by a wild oyster and nature almost always leave its mark. Even though most markings can be seen by naked eye, they are part of the unique and individualising elements of every pearl. One oyster in a million may produce a perfect, flawless pearl.
Perfectly round pearls are the most scarce, and are valued accordingly. But there's more to pearls than just round ones, and more to nature than the sphere. Baroque pearls with their voluptuous line and shape, the contemporary impact of the Circle pearl and rare sensuality of the semi-baroque bring to the Cultured Pearl range a world of exciting possibilities.
Cultured Pearls come in an array of natural colors. Like so much about pearls the choice of color is a matter of personal preference. There is traditionally a strong demand for the classic silver-white pearl, for the glow of a golden pearl and for the rare peacock green pearl. Popularity impacts on price even though color is irrelevant to a pearl's intrinsic value.
Size matters. The larger the pearl the scarcer. Cultured South Sea and Tahitian Pearls measured across the smallest diameter, sizes run from 8mm to 16mm and very exceptionally 18mm. Pearl size is one of the key factors affecting the price and also one of the first things to be noticed.