Atlas Pearls: All Your Pearl Questions Answered
What is a South Sea Pearl? How Is It Different From Other Pearls? How Do You Know If It's A Real Pearl?
What is a South Sea Pearl?
It is the pearl which comes from the Pinctada Maxima oyster. It is the most valuable of all pearls, the biggest one with the most extraordinary shine. The South Sea pearls are 10% of the volume of pearls traded worldwide while they are worth 50% in value.
What is a cultured pearl?
A cultured pearl is a pearl which is naturally grown in the oyster, but the oyster has been helped by man to receive a small nucleus made of natural shell to start the process. The oyster is kept in nets where it can grow and eat. It is a 4-year process, from the breeding of the oyster until the pearl is harvested.
What pearls are found in Indonesian waters?
Of all different types of pearls, only the South Sea pearl is from Indonesia. The native Pinctada Maxima is an oyster which comes from this part of the world and only thrives in the salinity and temperatures of our waters. This oyster is also found in Northern Australia, Philippines, Myanmar and of course, Indonesia which produces some of the world's most exquisite South Sea Pearls. Freshwater pearls are mainly from China. We do not have them in Indonesian waters.
How do I know if it’s a real pearl?
You might want to look for telltale signs like weight and texture. There is a lot of weight to a natural pearl, which plastic doesn’t have. Hold the pearls and if you are surprised by the weight, it is a good sign. The texture test by grinding a pearl to your teeth is not very reasonable when you are in a reputable store. We recommend you check the texture with the very tip of your nail: if you feel a sandy texture, you are most probably holding a real pearl. Unlike the soft flawless texture of plastic or glass, the sandy-like texture will be very fine but you should be able to feel it.
How do I know if my pearl is high quality?
Make sure you buy from a reputable farmer or store to ensure you are buying your pearls from a reputable company. If you buy a pearl for ‘really cheap’, there might be something wrong with it. It might have been severely polished and, and therefore, lacks natural lustre. It might even have irreparable dents which are hidden in the jewellery mounting which can fill up with dust and debris over time.
What is a ‘Lombok pearl’?
There is no such thing as a Lombok or even a Komodo pearl. There are pearl farms located in Lombok which are farming the South Sea Pearl oyster. There are no freshwater pearls which are originally from Lombok; these are imported Chinese freshwater pearls.
Why are pearls expensive?
Pearls don’t have to be expensive to be pretty. You can get a lovely floating pearl necklace for just about one million rupiah. It all depends on the size, the shape and the grade of the pearl. If you absolutely want to own a ‘Grade A’ pearl, you will have to pay far more than a circle ‘Grade B’ pearl for example. The difference visually is sometimes very minimal.
To know more about the South Sea Pearl, do visit the Atlas Pearl store in Seminyak. Here, you can touch the pearls and look at them closely, and the staff at Atlas Pearls will help you to understand the pearls better.
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Visit the Atlas Pearls showroom in Seminyak at Jl. Raya Seminyak no. 73 next to Queens Tandoor.
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