Jump to content

Who knows about pearls?
Please help.


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:36 PM

I want to buy my Mum some pearls.

Terrific, I have no idea where to start - they seem to range in price from around $100 to $1000 for a necklace based on being A rated or AAAA rated.

Is there only 4 x A's?

What is the difference (especially to us uneducated types)?

Do I want cultured or fresh water or Japanese or are they all legit?

What else should I know?

I want to buy a necklace and bracelet. I would LOVE a brooch too but I have only found very unsatisfactory ones surrounded by crystals which I do not like original.gif

Thanks for your help (Country Mel and any other jewelers!)

#2 SeaPrincess

Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:53 PM

I found this table on a Japanese manufacturer's website, but the grading system doesn't seem to be as uniform as that for diamonds. Other websites had similar tables, but not exactly the same.
AAA Exceptional, Mirror-Like Reflection Blemish-Free Surface*
AA Superb, Clear Reflection Very Slightly Blemished
A+ Very Good, Clear Reflection Very Slightly Blemished
A Good, Clear Reflection Very Slightly Blemished
A1 Good, Clear Reflection Slightly Blemished

Cultured pearls, freshwater pearls, Japanese pearls, South Sea pearls are all real, so it's really just a matter of what you like.  Cultured pearls have a seed put into the shell, so the pearl is formed around it. They are generally the most regular-shaped.

Some people can tell the difference - I have a lovely Japanese Akoya pearl necklace and I wore it out to dinner once and one of DH's colleagues asked me why I wasn't wearing Australian pearls (we were living in Darwin at the time).  I don't know how he could tell though.

Are you shopping online?  Can we help you choose?

#3 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:00 PM

Yes, I can't be bothered dealing with jewelers in real life with a toddler (plus on line seems much easier and cheaper!)

I am looking at pearls only (seems like a good place to start?!)

I am probably going to buy a set of white single strand AA (the A are irregularly shaped which mum wont like) but got a bit distracted looking at the chunky/fashion jewelry for myself  ph34r.gif

#4 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:01 PM

QUOTE (shmach @ 22/11/2012, 02:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found this table on a Japanese manufacturer's website, but the grading system doesn't seem to be as uniform as that for diamonds. Other websites had similar tables, but not exactly the same.
AAA Exceptional, Mirror-Like Reflection Blemish-Free Surface*
AA Superb, Clear Reflection Very Slightly Blemished
A+ Very Good, Clear Reflection Very Slightly Blemished
A Good, Clear Reflection Very Slightly Blemished
A1 Good, Clear Reflection Slightly Blemished

Cultured pearls, freshwater pearls, Japanese pearls, South Sea pearls are all real, so it's really just a matter of what you like.  Cultured pearls have a seed put into the shell, so the pearl is formed around it. They are generally the most regular-shaped.

Some people can tell the difference - I have a lovely Japanese Akoya pearl necklace and I wore it out to dinner once and one of DH's colleagues asked me why I wasn't wearing Australian pearls (we were living in Darwin at the time).  I don't know how he could tell though.

Are you shopping online?  Can we help you choose?


Did you tell him because australian pearls and massively overpriced and the conditions that pearl divers work in are criminal?

Op nothing to add from PPs comment - other than as long as they have a good rating and are pleasing to your eye don't worry where they come from just get the best price.

#5 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

Meh - Just spoke to my sister who doesn't like the idea of pearls. She already has a pearl necklace (but it is old, fine and she never wears it).

Anyway, we're moving on to other jewels apparently.

Also my sister now wants to look at what I am looking at which is very annoying as I wont be able to lie to her laughing2.gif

#6 SeaPrincess

Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

QUOTE (3Keiki @ 22/11/2012, 12:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Did you tell him because australian pearls and massively overpriced and the conditions that pearl divers work in are criminal?

No, I told him my mother bought me this lovely strand of pearls and I didn't need another one, Australian or not.

R

#7 Quack Quack

Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:09 PM

I have nothing of any value to add, except that my beautiful MIL gave me a strand of 1920's vintage Pearls that belonged to her Grandmother, I absolutely adore them!





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

At 61, Shammi finally became a mum - then came the criticism

A 61-year-old woman has reignited debate around motherhood and when women are deemed "too old" to become mums after giving birth to a daughter seven months ago.

One mum's secret Mother's Day tradition after adopting her sons

Mother's Day is a time to celebrate all mums, and this mother has found a way to celebrate and appreciate her adopted sons' birth mothers each year.

5 things my wife needs to know before we have a third baby

My wife and I are just about to commit to a family of three children.

Is this the exercise of every tired parent's dream?

When you're a sleep-deprived parent, chances are you'll do almost anything for sweet, sweet, slumber. Would you pay for a nap, however?

10 ways to keep your 'buying for baby' costs down

Becoming a parent is full of surprises – not least of all finding out that, for such small beings, babies cause a lot of chaos and expense.

Midwife fined $11,000 after having affair with dad-to-be

A midwife has been censured and ordered to pay $11,400 after admitting to having an affair with a client's husband.

Why should kids have all the sticker fun?

Stickers are a great little reward when kids have done something useful to encourage them to do it again.

Is this the cutest haka you've ever seen?

It is a war dance that people everywhere are familiar with, but this version of the Haka is one of the cutest you will ever see.

Groundbreaking surgery helps triplets born with rare condition

This little trio were world firsts twice in their first 9 weeks of life.

'I'd hate to see this happen to anyone else': mum's plea

Carly and Nathan Long are trying to raise awareness to save other parents going through the anguish they went through.

The smart phone game encouraging women to 'squeeeeze'

It's like Candy Crush for your pelvic floor. Hopefully, it will be just as addictive.

Why setting your alarm for 5.30am every day could be good for you

There's no doubt that Ashley French adores her children.

Watch the most important golf shot of this dad-to-be's life

Remember when parents used to be boring and just say, "It's a boy!" or "It's a girl!" – as regular spoken words coming out of their mouths?

This newborn knows what he wants - and gets it

The astonished parents of a newborn whose 18-day-old bub is already feeding himself, shared a clip of their little one's feat to YouTube - and it's truly incredible viewing.

5 ways to prepare to go from two incomes to one

Here are some ideas for getting that budget in shape, ready for being a one income family.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Mum tips to keep your pre-baby budget in check

Money might be funny in a rich man's world (or so ABBA told us), but for the rest of us it's a major consideration – particularly before having a baby.

5 easy ways to make your maternity leave last longer

Maternity leave is a special time for you, your partner and your new little bundle. The last thing you want is for financial worries to stand in the way of that joy.

10 ways to keep your 'buying for baby' costs down

Becoming a parent is full of surprises – not least of all finding out that, for such small beings, babies cause a lot of chaos and expense.

5 ways to prepare to go from two incomes to one

Here are some ideas for getting that budget in shape, ready for being a one income family.

 

Baby Names

Need some ideas?

See what names are trending this year.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.