Usually, a pearl's color does not affect its value, and is considered a matter of personal taste. However, there's no question that the color of the pearls in a piece of jewelry can make a dramatic visual impact. Pearls come in a wide variety of colors, ranging from white all the way to black green, blue, golden, and pink. They can also have complex overtones. The plain white color we think of when we imagine pearls can come with subtle silvery, golden, or pinkish overtones. Many blue and green pearls are actually black, with strong blue or green overtones.
The natural color of a pearl result from a combination of several factors:
1. Body Color The predominant basic color of the pearl.
2. Overtone The one or more colors that overlie the body color. On black pearls these colors are usually easiest to see in the lighter areas of the pearl. On white pearls they are easier to see in the darker areas.
3. Iridescence A play of lustrous colors. They may be like those of the rainbow, or they may be a subtle combination of colors such as pink, blue, green and silver. The colors of the pearls change when you move them in your hand.
Pearls come in a multitude of colors, from white to black
Saltwater pearls that are yellowish usually sell for less than those which are white and light pink. Golden South Sea pearls from Indonesia and the Philippines are an exception and can sell for as much as white South Sea pearls, provided the gold color is intense and natural.
Natural-color black pearls (they're actually dark colors like gray) can sell for as much as white pearls of the dame size and quality, as long as they have overtone colors and are not just plain gray. The overtone colors, which are visible in the light-color areas of black pearls, may be green, pink, blue or purple.
Pink overtones are desirable on white pearl and are visible in the dark areas of the pearl greenish or yellowish overtones tend to reduce the price of white pearls. Occasionally, iridescent rainbow-like colors are visible on pearls. Pearl iridescence is always considered a valuable quality.
The way in which color affects the pricing of freshwater pearls varies from one dealer to anther. Often it has little or no effect. However, when comparing the prices of any pearls, try to com0pare pearls of the same type and color. Judge and select Colors of Pearls
you should try to make sure that you get the real color of pearl you want: and primarily concern what looks best on you. Here are some tips for you to select colors of pearls:
1. Pearls not only reflect the color of the background, they also absorb it. It is a little hard to identify the natural color of pearls near different types of light sources-daylight from adjacent objects. Therefore, also compare them slightly separated from each other. While comparing, you are not supposed to focus on one color too long, or your perception of it becomes distorted. Every now and then, look away from the pearls at other colors and objects. It's a lot easier to compare color than to remember it. Even using white and cream-colored papers as color references is better than relying on color memory. Moreover, Consider how evenly distributed the color is on the pearls, especially if it's one major pearl on a ring or pendant. A uniform color is more highly valued than a blotchy one.
2. If you are trying to decide between white and pink pearls of the same quality but the pink pearls cost more. Look in a few of the drill holes with a 10-power magnifier. If you can see red or pink stains on the nacre layer or a pink line between the nacre and the nucleus, they are dyed. Seeing positive indications of dye may influence your decision. By the way, even if you don't see evidence of dye, the pearls may still be dyed.
3. Traditionally, pearl colors have qualities associated with them, such as sacredness and purity for white, mystery and solemnity for black, and brightness and maturity for yellow. Ordinarily, a fair-skinned woman might prefer pearls with a warm, pink overtone to add color, while a woman with a darker complexion or graying hair should choose pearls with a cooler, silvery tone.
One easy way to determine which pearl colors will compliment you is to put on white, light pink, and cream-colored clothing and see what looks best next to your face. It's helpful to get the opinion of family and friends. Often, two of the colors look equally attractive, but it's rare that all three will. The final test will be to put the pearls on your hand or around your neck and see how they look on you. Consider, too, if you want people to notice the pearls when you wear them. If you do, then choose a color that contrasts with your skin tone. Pearls that blend in too closely won't be very striking.
When you're buying for others, they probably won't be able to try on the pearls. So beforehand, observe what color clothes they like to wear and look good in. If they don't like beige or cream - colored clothes and these colors don't flatter them, you'll be better off avoiding cream-colored pearls.
Two other considerations when choosing pearl color are versatility and price. If you would like to wear the pearls as often as possible, then select colors that will go well with most of your wardrobe. If your budget is limited and you are trying to choose between light or dark cream pearls, the dark cream pearls could be the ideal choice. Don't buy them, though, if cream colors make you look washed out. The purpose of jewelry is to enhance your appearance, not detract from it. So put some thought into your color choices. It will pay off in the end.
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