A Brief History of Pearls: Luster of South Sea Pearls

  A brief history of pearls


All About South Sea Pearl Luster

In the world of pearls, South Sea pearls are highly coveted. Developing in the Pinctada maxima mollusk in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines, South Sea pearls are rare, coveted and beautiful. You'll commonly see beautiful white South Sea pearls as well as the truly enchanting golden South Sea pearls in this class. One of the things that makes South Sea pearls so valuable is their luster.

What is pearl luster? The term luster refers to the way a pearl's surface reflects and refracts light. South Sea pearls produce a luster unlike any other type of pearl.

South Sea Pearls' Nacre Lends Itself to Brilliance

How do these pearls get their stunning luster? Because South Sea pearls have a particularly thick coating of nacre, they usually have a soft, rich luster. They often have a satiny sheen, and they're less mirror-like than other cultivated saltwater pearls are.

South Sea pearls have a beautiful iridescence that you won't see in pearls with thinner nacre.

Judging a South Sea Pearl's Value on Luster

Luster is one of the most important factors in any pearl's value, and it's no different with South Sea pearls. These iridescent gems range in value based on how lustrous they are; more lustrous pearls justify a higher price because they are rarer and more prized than those with low lusters are. Of course, factors such as size, smoothness, body color and surface perfection will also affect South Sea pearl value.

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

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