Real or Fake: 4 Ways To Tell If A Pearl Is Genuine

by Joanne BRENT October 07, 2019

Real or Fake: 4 Ways To Tell If A Pearl Is Genuine

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: 

  1. The Tooth Test – Not many people realize that the surface of a real pearl may look smooth to the eye but it’s actually quite gritty. If you rub them across your teeth, real pearls will feel rough and gravelly while fake pearls will actually feel smooth.
  2. The Touch Test – Another quick and accurate way to tell if a pearl is genuine is to assess whether it’s cool to the touch. They will warm up if you wear them on your body for a while but fake pearls will be the same temperature as the environment rather than cold on first contact.
  3. Flame Test – A very interesting way to test a pearl is to burn it with a naked flame. If it remains shiny, intact and produces no bad smell, then it’s real. However, a counterfeit pearl will most certainly produce a bad odor and lose its luster.
  4. The Acetone Test – An authentic pearl is not affected by acetone solutions. However, an imitation pearl will lose its luster completely when submerged in acetone.

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!

Browse through our collections of real, natural pearls and even consult our shopping guide or even contact our shop for more information.

 

 


 





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