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Pearl Grading

Unlike other gems, there is no official or even universally accepted pearl grading standard. There are however commonly accepted rating standards and a universal set of qualities all pearls are graded on. These are Luster, shape, size, nacre thickness, and matching. At Cathay Gems we abide by strict grading requirements accepted by the world's finest retailers, so you can be certain that when you shop with us you're getting the best cross section of price and quality available anywhere.

Ever notice how pearls can light up a whole room? That distinct glow is the pearl's luster. Pearls with a high luster will have a mirror like surface while low grade pearls will appear very opaque and chalky.

Pearls come in a variety of shapes, from baroque to perfectly round. Rounder pearls hold a higher value in most casesPearls come in a wide variety of shapes including Baroque, round, rice, coin, keshi, and so on. Generally speaking the more round a pearl's shape is the more it's worth.

Surface Quality
Since pearls are made by a living creature they'll almost always have some sort of surface imperfections or flaws. Only a minute fraction of pearls harvested worldwide will ever be completely flawless.

When making any sort of jewelry that uses more then one pearl matching all pearls used is key. Each pearl must be carefully compared and matched based on all of the above criteria. The closer each jewelry piece's pearls match the better quality.

Nacre is the actual name of the material every pearl is made out of and is secreted by the oyster or mollusk making the pearl. The thicker the nacre is the longer your pearls will last. It also generally means greater luster as well.

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round pearls

Round Pearls - Round pearls refer to pearls that have a shape ranging from slightly off round to completely round. These aren't to be confused with highly off round pearls such as potato, oval or baroques. We can provide round pearls in sishopzes from 1-13mm individually or in loose strands.



Moderate luster

Average luster Excellent luster
Shape: off-round near round round to the eye
Surface: clean surface less than 60% clean surface of 80% or better clean surface of 95% or better
Matching: Good to moderate Excellent to good Excellent matching
Nacre: light Moderate to Thick Thick

rice pearls

Rice Pearls - Rice pearls refer to pearls that have a shape similar to a grain of rice or an oval in larger sizes. Some people may refer to these as drop peashoprls, however we rate our drop pearls as having a slightly different sort of shape.



Low to Moderate

Average luster Excellent luster
Shape: egg-like shape pear-like shape drop shape
Surface(smoothness): moderate good very good
Matching: Good to moderate Excellent to good Excellent matching
Nacre: light Moderate to Thick Thick

baroque pearls

Nugget pearls also called "baroque pearls", are free formed pearls with various organic shapes that are irregular. Because they are not artificially round, the nacre pools in certaishopn areas while loosens in other areas, just as it would in nature. They have a unique quality of asymmetry with one side relatively flat.


Moderate luster

Average luster Excellent luster
Shape: Freeformed shape atypical shape non-symetrical shape
Surface: Moderate blemishing Slight surface blemishing Clean surface
Matching: Good to moderate Excellent to good Excellent matching
Nacre: light nacre Moderate to Thick Thick

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Freshwater Pearls

All freshwater pearls come directly from our freshwater pearl farms. CathayGems specializes in farming, drilling, coloring pearls, and stringing pearls. We can dye pearls in any color you want, have pearls drilled in any sized holes and any direction from side drilled, top drilled, half drilled or undrilled.

Pearl jewelry

Besides thousands of pearl jewelry products you can order directly online from our store, because we have our own in-house pearl factory, we can also custom make the type of pearl jewelry in any style or design you want, with 6-month free warrranty.

Pearl necklaces

Pearl necklaces are our speciality. Not only do we have the highest quality round pearl necklaces available for the most unbelievable prices, our unique pearl necklaces are perfect for both formal and casual wear. They come in various colors such as white, pink, peach, chocolate, and black, set in 14k gold or 925 sterling silver, perfect for bridesmaids and young girls as gifts, or amazing accessory for your own outfit.

Specific Pearl Jewelry Types

Pearl Jewelry Set | Unique Pearl Necklaces | Round Pearl Necklaces | Bridal Jewelry | Pearl Bracelet | Pearl Pendants | Pearl Rings | Pearl Earring | Versatile Jewelry | Loose Individual Pearls | Sterling Silver Set | Sterling Silver Earrings | Sterling Silver Pendants | 925 Sterling Silver/ 14K Gold Chain | Steals and Deals*

Loose Pearls and Unfinished Temporary Strands to Make Jewelry

Nugget Pearl | Button Pearl | Coin Pearl | Keshi Pearl | Top Drilled or Peanut Pearl | Potato Pearl | Rice or Oval Pearl | Round Pearl Strings | Agate Beads | Jade Beads | Mother of Pearl Strands | Coral Beads | Tigers Eye Beads | 925S/14KG Pearl Clasps | Loose Individual Pearls | Pearl Findings and Accessories

Tahitian Jewelry Types

Loose Tahitian Pearls | Tahitian Pearl Necklace | Tahitian Earrings | Tahitian Matching Set


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