In general, natural pearls are much more expensive than cultured pearls, also because wild hunting has been phased out in recent decades to protect the environment.

What other characteristics affect the price of pearls? It is their luster, surface, shape, color, thickness of mother-of-pearl and, of course, size. We recommend buying pearls only from verified sellers who will allow you to see the quality of their pearls before purchasing. Even a layman can tell with great certainty whether a pearl is of good quality.


Lustre is one of the most valuable properties of a pearl. It gives the pearl its unique beauty. The lustre of the pearl should be bright and sharp.


The surface of the pearl can affect its lifespan. If the pearl shows only a small amount of inclusions, this will have a minimal impact on the price. These imperfections can be hidden - by drilling a hole in the place of the inclusion, or by how the pearl is set into the jewellery.


We distinguish several shapes for pearls. Round, almost round, button, pear, oval, drop, baroque and fluted. The most valuable are perfectly spherical pearls and symmetrical drops. Otherwise, the shape is a matter of fashion trends and customer preferences. It's the same with colour.


The natural colour of a pearl is influenced by the type of nacre. White and black pearls are traditionally very popular. However, jewellery made from pearls of different colours is also popular. Coloured or iridescent reflections on pearls are also prized, giving them an inimitable appearance.


The thicker the nacre, the more durable the pearl is and, as a rule, it also has a better shine. If you see chalk spots on the pearl, it means that the nacre layer is thin.


Last but not least is the size, which affects the price value. Pearls grow to different sizes, depending on the type of nacre. The largest are pearls from the South Pacific.