Rectangular Black Mother of Pearl Cufflinks | Silver
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A perfect pair of stylish rectangular Cufflinks- heavy Sterling Silver mounts inlaid with Black Mother of Pearl from the Tahitian Black Lip Oyster.
The lustrous iridescence of Tahitian pearls is unmistakable and their beauty undeniable. Our stunning range of jewellery utilises these black pearls' unique natural tones.
Lost in the middle of the Pacific, the glorious atolls of French Polynesia are home to the farms that produce the majority of Tahitian Cultured Pearls.
Tahitian Pearl Grading
Pearls, being products of organic nature like ourselves, vary greatly in their finish and appearance. In order to make sense of the variance of quality coming on to the market, grading systems have been introduced to try and create some order and regularity for buyers.
Tahitian Pearl Sizes
Tahitian pearls generally range in size from as small as 8mm to as large as 16mm. Pearls below 10mm are typically considered small in size. 10mm until 12mm are generally the more popular sizes selected for necklaces.
Unfortunately, there is no one standardised system for pearl grading, however the trade has generally adopted a system of appellation based on using the letter 'A', very much as the hotel trade uses stars to represent quality of accommodation.
This has resulted in some using 'AAA' as their top grading while other use 'AAAAA' as theirs, so the situation can be somewhat confusing. To make matters more complicated the Tahitian pearl farmers use a system of 'A-D', with 'A' being the highest grade.
For simplicity at Pearl Gallery we have decided to unify our systems as 'A-AAA', with between grades marked as '+', so for example 'AA+' is between 'AA' and 'AAA', with 'AAA' being our top grade.
|Info|| The lowest grade Tahitian pearls.
(Not Sold at Pearl Gallery)
| Pearls in this category should be considered as a basic commercial quality grade.
(Not Sold at Pearl Gallery)
|This category represents pearls of good commercial quality.||This is the top grading and represents the best quality and accounts for a very small percentage of production.|
|Surface||Obvious imperfections over two thirds of their surface, of which a fifth could be deep flaws.||Two fifths of its surface area should be clean, with the remaining area likely to display imperfections from minor to obvious.||Free from imperfections over four fifths of their surface, with the remaining displaying only minor blemishes-very few being obvious.||Almost totally clean and free from blemishes, with any minor markings in close proximity to one another.|
|Pearl origin||French Polynesia|
|Gemstone||Mother of Pearl, Pearl Only|