Today, different grades are used to determine the quality of pearls. Quite surprisingly, there’s no single grade system to find out how good the quality of the pearl is. Two major systems are used to grade the pearls. Both online and offline stores have accepted gladly this way of pearl grading. You have to beware regarding the grading system your retailer is using to have a good buy. Ask the retailer to write the grade system he is going to use on a paper. In this blog, we will tell you about the Grading system in detail. You surely can regard it as the ultimate guide to pearl grading.
AAA-A Grading System
Mostly, the AAA-A grading is used in which the pearls having grade AAA is considered as the quality pearls. It is a globally accepted standard. Only pearls having 90-95% perfection and superb lustre are graded AAA. These kinds of pearls are symmetrical in shape. A 70 to 90% flawless pearl, generally, has a medium lustre. Though its shape may not be perfect yet it may be impressive. And, if your recently bought pearl is containing only A grade, then its lustre will be very low and is only 60 to 70% flawless.
The third types of pearls though have low grades yet they are extensively used in jewels by the professionals. However, the imperfections that these pearls carry are hidden by the experts with their skill, knowledge, and experience.
A-D Grading System
A great majority of retailers consider A to D system as the ultimate guide of pearl grading. In this case, the pearls that get A grade are regarded as quality pearls. A graded pearls have a high lustre with flawless percentage ranging somewhere between 90 to 95%. The pearls with B grade are sure to get a AA grade if the retailer would have used the AAA-A grading system. Lustre of these B graded pearls are most of the times, medium and come with a 60 to 70% perfection.
If your budget is not permitting you to invest a huge amount in buying AAA pearls, no worries. Still, there are options available for you. C graded pearls which are only 60% perfect are affordable. Hence, going for jewels composed of C graded pearls is a wise decision. Moreover, no one will be able to notice the fault by seeing it. However, the lowest quality pearls are graded as D. They are not even used in making jewels, as their surfaces are not even.
For Tahitian and South Sea pearls, A-D grading system is used.
Your pearl may develop flat or chalky spots, blemishes and dents with the passage of time. But, that doesn’t mean that the pearl you have bought is of low quality. Many a time, these kinds of damages occur when the user is not paying attention to its maintenance. While shopping for pearls, have enough time to check its quality. Otherwise, all your money will be wasted.