How to check if pearls are real

Natural freshwater pearls are a type of pearl that is created by freshwater mussels. These mussels can be found in lakes, rivers, and streams all around the world. Freshwater pearls come in a wide variety of colors, including white, cream, pink, lavender, and black which we use to produce pearl earrings, pearl necklaces and pearl bracelets. They can also be found in a wide range of shapes, from perfectly round to irregular. Because they are created by living creatures, each freshwater pearl is unique.


There are a few ways to tell if pearls are real. These pearls have a smooth, spherical shape and a glossy surface.

One of the most obvious distinctions between real and imitation pearls is their weight. If you hold a real pearl necklace in one hand and a false pearl necklace with the same number of stones in the other, the real pearls will almost always feel heavier.

The best way to tell if a pearl is real is to look at its surface. Natural pearls should have a slightly imperfect surface, with small bumps or ridges. If the pearl is perfectly smooth, it may be synthetic.

Another way to tell if a pearl is real is to rub it against your teeth. Natural pearls should feel slightly gritty, while synthetic pearls / plastic pearls will be smooth. This is in our opinion a very reliable way to check if your pearls are real.

Finally, you can check the color of the pearl. Natural pearls come in a wide range of colors, from white to black. Synthetic pearls are often more uniform in color. If you’re ever unsure whether a pearl is real or fake, you can always take it to a jeweler for verification.

Rest assured at The Gem Cutter we sell the best pearl jewelry and all the pearls we sell are real & natural !

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