These two attributes, above all others, make a pearl valuable. The brighter and more iridescent a pearl is, the prettier it is.
Luster is the pearl attribute that quantifies the amount of, brightness of and sharpness of light being reflected from the surface or just under the surface of the pearl.
Orient is the iridescent “soap bubble” effect seen only on the finest pearls. White light striking and penetrating the various nacre layers is broken into its spectral rainbow (much like the ‘fire’ in a diamond) and bounced back at the viewer.
Visit the Hanadama Pearl Grading Guide for a more in-depth explanation about how these elements all meld together to create the beauty that we perceive ...
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