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Antique Strand of Akoya Pearls 84 Inches Long RARE
Antique Strand of Akoya Pearls  84 Inches Long   RARE


 
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Antique Pearl Strand

84” in length

309 6mm pearls

Hand knotted between each pearl

Perfect in Size, Match, Color, Shape, Nacre, Luster, Surface

Appraised at $50,000.00 $129.44 Per Pearl

High Grade Akoya Pearls

Must make an Appointment to View. Not kept on Property.

Info on Pearls, Facts .. This Necklace and Pearls in General.

The 6 Cultured Pearl Quality Factors

There are 6 main factors to keep in mind when determining a pearl's quality and worth:
Nacre, Luster, Surface, Shape, Color and Size.

Nacre:

Nacre is the smooth surface that gives the pearl its beauty. When an irritant enters the oyster or, as in the case of cultured pearls is placed inside the oyster, it responds by coating the irritant with layers of nacre. The thicker and smoother the nacre the more valuable the pearl. Good quality Akoya pearls {meaning Perfectly Round} should have a nacre thickness of about 10-15% of the diameter of the pearl

Luster:

This is the intense glow that comes from within the pearl, which is produced by light entering the pearl and reflecting back through the layers of nacre. The quality of the luster is directly related to how even and smooth the layers of nacre are. A pearl with no reflection or a dull color is of poor quality.

Pearls will have more luster, the more they are worn. Pearls are always living and absorb body oils. Pearls should Never be cleaned in a jewelry cleaner. It will Kill the pearls.

Cultured Pearl Surface Quality

No two pearls are alike, and one of the factors that makes each different is its surface quality. Virtually no pearl is perfect, and any flawless specimens are treasures

The majority of pearl buyers will have a degree of surface imperfections on their gemstones. Pearl aficionados know that even the finest pearls will have irregularities on the surface. The key factors to surface quality irregularities are how noticeable they are and if they seriously affect the durability of the pearl.

Types of Surface Quality Characteristics

Serious surface quality issues are usually chips and gaps, which will lower the value of even the most lustrous pearls. Why? These particular imperfections can cause the pearl to crack or peel. Other characteristics include:

  • Abrasions - scratches or scuffs that affect the luster or color of the pearl.
  • Spots - minor color variations.
  • Bumps - tiny bubbles on the surface of the pearl
  • Wrinkles - where the nacre isn't smooth.

Some surface characteristics are hardly noticeable, even to a pearl expert. A good example would be a minor flaw near the hole drilled in the pearl.

Every Appraiser who has looked at this strand has said WOW when they see the Size, Surface, Round, Perfectly Matched Pearls.

Factors That Affect Surface Quality

Some value factors can actually make up for a few minor flaws in a pearl. If a gem is large, a couple of small imperfections won't hurt its value. High luster helps, because it can actually make some surface quality variances less noticeable. One or two pearls with noticeable imperfections in a strand may not lower its value if the rest of the pearls are near flawless, because value is determined, not minor variations, But by uniformity.

This Strand is PERFECTLY MATCHED. THIS IS VERY RARE


Surface:

With pearls the cleaner the surface the more valuable it will be. A good quality pearl will have a few blemishes or marks - of course a pearl is from mother nature and few minor blemishes should be expected on all but the finest strands.

Cultured Pearl Surface Quality

No two pearls are alike, and one of the factors that makes each different is its surface

quality. Virtually no pearl is perfect, and any flawless specimens are treasures

The majority of pearl buyers will have a degree of surface imperfections on their gemstones. Pearl aficionados know that even the finest pearls will have irregularities on the surface. The key factors to surface quality irregularities are how noticeable they are and if they seriously affect the durability of the pearl.

Types of Surface Quality Characteristics

Serious surface quality issues are usually chips and gaps, which will lower the value of even the most lustrous pearls. Why? These particular imperfections can cause the pearl to crack or peel. Other characteristics include:

  • Abrasions - scratches or scuffs that affect the luster or color of the pearl.
  • Spots - minor color variations.
  • Bumps - tiny bubbles on the surface of the pearl
  • Wrinkles - where the nacre isn't smooth.

Some surface characteristics are hardly noticeable, even to a pearl expert. A good example would be a minor flaw near the hole drilled in the pearl.

Factors That Affect Surface Quality

Some value factors can actually make up for a few minor flaws in a pearl. If a gem is large, a couple of small imperfections won't hurt its value. High luster helps, because it can actually make some surface quality variances less noticeable. One or two pearls with noticeable imperfections in a strand may not lower its value if the rest of the pearls are near flawless, because value is determined by uniformity, not minor variations. This Strand has no pearls with imperfections,

Shape:

A perfectly round pearl is the most sought after and the most rare of cultured pearls. So rare are round pearls that only 5-10% of a pearl farm's harvest will be even and round. The rest of the harvest will vary from semi-round pearls to asymmetrical baroque pearls.

Cultured Pearl Shapes

A perfectly round pearl is the most sought after and the most rare of cultured pearls. So rare are round pearls that only 5-10% of a pearl farm's harvest will be even and round. The rest of the harvest will vary from semi-round pearls to asymmetrical baroque pearls.

What is to be noticed is that Every Pearl in This Strand is Perfectly Matched. In Shape, Color, Size, Surface.

This Strand is a RARE Find.

Round:

round pearls

Round pearls are perfectly spherical -- the shape most people think of when they think of a pearl. This is the most desirable shape for a cultured pearl and the most expensive. All high grade Akoya pearls should fall into this grouping.

Near Round:

near round pearls

Near round pearls are not perfectly round but very close to round. To the untrained eye they have the appearance of perfectly round pearls but are considerably cheaper. Most Freshwater pearls on the market will fall into this category.

Button:

button pearls

Button pearls are symmetrical pearls that appear to be flattened or squashed to some degree. This shape of pearl is not that common except for Freshwater pearls where a round nucleus is not used.

Drop:

drop pearls

Drop pearls are symmetrical in shape but have a tear drop shape. These pearls are most often used in pendants and earrings.

Baroque:

baroque pearls

Baroque pearls do not have a definitive shape, except for the fact that they are non-symmetrical or irregular in shape. Baroque pearls can range from off round circle pearls to stick or cross shapes.

Circle:

circle pearls

Circle pearls are baroque pearls but as the name suggests they have visible "circles" or "rings" around the diameter of the pearl. This shape of pearl is most common in Tahitian and South Sea Pearls and are gaining popularity because of their unique look.

Color:

Color does not greatly affect the price of pearls as it is mostly a matter of taste - When choosing a color a general guideline is skin tone. Many women with fair or light colored skin feel rose(pink) overtones look best. While women with dark skin, olive skin or that tan easily find black or cream overtones look best.

The Pearl that has most consistently been desired on the antique market is the creamy color such as this strand.

Pearl Color Basics

Pearls come in wide variety of colors, also known as "palette of colors". From white, yellow, golden, pink, blue to black and almost every shade in between. Pearl color refers specifically to the color of the pearl's body, considered the fundamental color of the pearl.

Colors generally range from
cream, to silver-white (most common), to black (most rare). But there are also color overtones reflected across a pearl's surface. In fact, the color of a pearl more often than not is a meld of its body color and its overtone. A pearl with a "rose overtone" will describe a white pearl with a rose colored hue.

Akoya Pearls

freshwater pearl colors
Akoya pearls are the classic white pearls with overtones of
cream..


Which color pearl should I purchase?

Today, most pearls sold are cultured, as opposed to natural, and most pearls receive some sort of treatment. The treatments can be simple polishing, or bleaching and dyeing.

Color does not affect the quality of a pearl, but does affect the perceived beauty of the pearl according to the individual taste. Some colors have become more popular than others in particular markets. For example, white pearls are the most popular in America, while silver are more sought after in Asia.

A general guideline is skin tone. Many women with fair or light colored skin feel rose overtones look best, while women with dark skin or tan easily find black or cream overtones look best.

What color you choose should be based on the personal preference of the person who will wear the pearls.


Size:

Pearls can range in size from 1mm seed pearls to huge 20mm South Sea pearls . These pearls are not perfectly round..

Cultured pearls of 6 - 7.5mm are considered fairly rare. This is strand is perfectly matched, 6 mm. Each.

Guide to Pearl Qualities and Grades

Pearl Guide
pearl history

GRADE

A

AA

AAA

Shape

near round

mostly round

round

Lustre

fair

good

high

Surface

< 75% clean

> 75% clean

> 95% clean

Nacre

0.25 to 0.35mm

0.35 to 0.5mm

over 0.5mm

Matching

fair

good

very good

Pearl Grading takes into account shape, lustre, surface quality, nacre thickness and matching on the strand.
There is no international standard for grading pearls so identical pearls may be graded differently by different suppliers.

Info on Pearls, Legend

No Jewelry has carried so much in legend as the pearl.

Pearls are considered Romantic and Feminine.

They are always considered a legacy to be passed on from one generation to another.

They are Personal….absorbing your body oils……which help pearls to keep their luster. They are Created to be WORN.

Almost Every First Lady has been photographed wearing pearls.

They have always been, and will always be a Classic.

How to care for Fine Pearls:

Pearls are always a living organ.

They can not be cleaned in jewelry cleaner

As it will KILL them.

The should just be wiped softly with a soft cloth.

To maintain the best luster, They should be worn.

When stored in a safe, they should be taken out every so often to air.


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