Pearls – What you Need to Know When You Sell Jewellery

If you would like to sell jewellery, it is important to understand the various factors involved in the process, such as the relative market value of the items, and how jewellery buyers go about valuating the worth of the jewellery.

One of the most popular gems used in jewellery is pearls, and these have been seen as a mark of class and elegance for time immemorial.

If you would like to sell jewellery with beautiful, prized pearls, it may help to understand some of the common terms used in the process of determining the worth of a pearl.

Nacre

Nacre

This is the smooth surface that attributes the beauty to the pearl. When an object enters an oyster, it responds by coating the item in layers of nacre. This is how the pearl is made. The thicker the nacre, the more valuable the pearl is.

Lustre

Lustre

Ever looked at a genuine pearl and wondered at the glow that seems to come from within? This is the lustre of the gem. It occurs through the process whereby light enters the gem and is reflected back through the nacre. The more reflective the pearl is, the higher the quality of the layers of nacre.

Surface

Surface

This refers to the actual surface of the pearl and whether or not there are imperfections or blemishes on it. Obviously, the fewer flaws there are on the surface, the higher the quality of the pearl.

Shape

Shape

The rounder the pearl, the more valuable it is. Perfectly round ones are rare and highly coveted. From a pearl farm harvest, roughly only 5 – 10% of the pearls will be practically perfectly round.

Colour

Colour

This is a more subjective factor affecting price – one colour is not generally prized over another by jewellery buyers – this is more a matter of personal preference for the wearer.

Size

Size

As with most gems, the bigger the size, the more valuable the item, and pearls are no different. Prices tend to vary radically when it comes to size, with a mere half-millimetre making a great difference to value. The largest pearl ever recorded is 26.95mm in diameter.

If you would like to sell jewellery to a reputable buyer who understands not only the market value of the items, but also the personal and sentimental value of your pieces, contact Liquid Fin today.

We will buy any jewellery and gems, whether they are heirlooms, modern, or you’d simply like to get loose pieces off your hands. Contact us today for an accurate, fair-market valuation.

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