South Sea Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings | 18ct Gold
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- The queen of the pearl world, South Sea Pearls are renowned for their deep lustre and iridescence.
- These beautiful studs exude quality and timeless class and are of superb quality with only slight surface characteristics and minor mottling - only visible under close scrutiny.
- Finished on high-quality 18ct Gold backs, in a choice of yellow or white gold with large butterflies, these classic big pearls are the ultimate pearl earrings.
South Sea Pearls
White & Gold South Sea Pearls are the largest most luxurious of all cultured pearls.
From the Timor Straits off Northen Austrailia to Palawan in the Philippines, via the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia.
South Sea 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.
South Sea Pearl Sizes
South Sea pearls generally range in size from 8 mm to 20 mm and above. Pearls below 12 mm are typically considered smaller in size. 12 mm to 16 mm are generally the most often 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 South Sea pearls.
(Not Sold at Pearl Gallery)
| South Sea 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.|
|Style||Classic , Contemporary, Vintage|
|Pearl origin||Australia, Philippines, Indonesia|
|Pearl Type||South Sea|
|Pearl Size||10.5 to 11.0mm|
|Precious Metal||18ct White Gold, 18ct Yellow Gold|