Differences Between Real and Fake Pearls
There are quite a few differences between real and fake pearls. If you understand and look for these subtle distinctions, you’ll be in a better position to confirm the authenticity of pearls.
Below is a list of characteristics that separate real and fake pearls.
- Luster: Fake pearls will have a uniform shine so that all parts of the pearl radiate light the same way. Because they are made by mollusks, real pearls have slight imperfections so that the luster isn’t exactly the same on all parts of the pearl. In addition, real pearls have a much deeper luster so that it seems almost as though the gem is illuminated from the inside. Fake pearls only shine on their surface and their luster has no depth.
- Uniformity: A fake pearl necklace, for example, will have pearls that are all the same size and perfectly spherical. In addition, they won’t have any blemishes or imperfections when examined very closely. Real pearls, on the other hand, feature very minuscule imperfections when looked at under a microscope. This is what pearl experts call the unofficial steam of authenticity.
- Color and Overtone: In addition to uniformity in size, fake pearls will also be uniform in color. Real pearls, on the other hand, feature very subtle differences in color, as well as overtones that are also just a sliver different when compared to each other. This is natural, considering every pearl comes from a different mollusk.
- Weight: Lastly, you can tell real pearls from fake is by feeling their weight. Fake plastic pearls are light when compared to real pearls. That said, counterfeiters have increased their level of deceit by making fake pearls from heavier materials (such as glass) to make their weight the same as authentic pearls.
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