While pearls are certainly revered all around the world, it’s also one of the gemstones that people try to fake the most. These imitation pearls, sometimes also called “faux” or “costume” pearls, are worth very little in money and can be constructed from materials such as glass, plastic, alabaster, shells or even fish-scale.
Some of these man-made beads can be spotted very easily, however, others can look almost exactly the same as the genuine article. One of the most famous imitations is Majorica pearls, which are made out of glass and can certainly fool your eyes.
Spotting A Fake Pearl
The good news is that there are a few tips and tricks for telling a real pearl apart from even the highest-quality fake ones. Here are 4 ways to tell if a pearl is true:
Your Trusted Pearl Supplier
One of the most foolproof ways of ensuring that any pearl you purchase is real is to always buy them from a trusted source. For example, Namaka Jewelry only sells cultured pearls that are produced naturally by a dedicated family of pearl farmers. These experts have been cultivating authentic pearls of the highest quality for over two generations!
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Emirati archaeologists have made a historic discovery this month at Marawah Island, off the capital of the United Arab Emirates: what’s believed to be the oldest pearl in human recorded history. Excavated in October (2019), this exquisite natural pearl is carbon-dated to between 5,800 and 5,600 BC, that’s almost 8000 years old! Found at one of the oldest sites in the country, the gem was excavated from the location of numerous collapsed Neolithic structures. These have also provided researchers with ancient ceramics, beads made from shell, as well as stone and flint arrowheads.
For many people, approaching Halloween is almost as anticipated as Christmas or New Year. Getting to dress up in a beautiful or funny or scary Halloween costume and heading out for the night can be especially magical when you add beautiful pearl pieces to your look. Still, need some inspiration? No problem! Here are our top pearl-inspired Halloween costume ideas that are smart, fun and sexy. After all, if not on Halloween then when?