Finding the perfect strand of White or Golden South Sea pearls for anyone is a balancing act of beauty over budget.
MOST South Sea pearl inclusions are small and isolated, and their color generally will match that of the surrounding surface nacre, meaning that they’ll blend with the surface and will be only noticeable upon up-close inspection of 6 to 12-Inches. This is especially true if the pearl’s overtones and luster are at high levels, masking marks and distracting the eye.
Also, remember that the A-AAA South Sea grading benchmarks count blemishes for each pearl, as well as the entire strand overall – so the 90% or 80% blemish-free totals only count for a relatively small area of blemishes, and there remains plenty of room for pearls that are clean and lovely on even a lower quality necklace.
When viewed through the eyes of one who loves their pearls, pearl inclusions can become an integral facet of the pearl’s unique character.
Like a snowflake, or the infamous “jardins” or “gardens” (which is the French name for inclusions in Emeralds), a pearl’s markings declare each gem as a totally unique and individual creation of Mother Nature.
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