A Brief History of Pearls: Quality Factor Five : Size

  A brief history of pearls


An important factor in determining the quality of a pearl is its size. It's difficult for pearl farmers to cultivate large, high quality pearls. Typically, a large, high quality pearl is more valuable than a small high quality pearl.

How Are Pearls Measured?

A pearl is measured in millimeters through its diameter. The smallest pearls can be smaller than 1 millimeter in size, while the largest can be bigger than 20 millimeters in size.

Does a Pearl's Size Have Anything to Do With Value?

A pearl's size has nothing to do with its quality, but it does have quite a bit to do with its value.

With all other quality factors being equal, larger pearls are more valuable than smaller pearls are.

Most Common Pearl Sizes

The most popular pearl size is between 7 and 7.5 millimeters. Pearls larger than 7 millimeters cost more than their smaller counterparts do.

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How pearls are harvested
How pearls brought to market
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Akoya Pearl Harvesting
Akoya Pearl Processing
Akoya Pearl Evaluation
Quality Factor One: Luster
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Quality Factor Two: Surface
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Quality Factor Three: Shape
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Quality Factor Four: Color
Color of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Five: Size
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South Sea Pearl Cultivation
South Sea Pearl Harvesting
South Sea Pearl Processing
South Sea Pearl Quality Evaluation
Luster of South Sea Pearls
Surface of South Sea Pearls
Shape of South Sea Pearls
Color of South Sea Pearls
Size of South Sea Pearls
Know your Tahitian pearls
Tahitian Pearl Cultivation
Tahitian Pearl Harvesting
Tahitian Pearl Processing
Tahitian Pearl Quality Evaluation
Luster of Tahitian Pearls
Surface of Tahitian Pearls
Shape of Tahitian Pearls
Color of Tahitian Pearls
Size of Tahitian Pearls
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