South Sea Pearl Value Factors
Like other cultured pearls, the value of South Sea pearls and finished jewelry pieces is determined by a variety of value factors. The first and foremost is the appearance of the South Sea pearl.
South Sea Luser
Another factor in evaluating South Sea pearls is the luster. Luster or shine is how well a pearl reflects incident light. An outstanding luster will have a mirror-like shine and very sharp image reflection. The luster of South Sea culture pearls is a deep inner glow.
South Sea Matching
As different regions produce different sizes and colors, it can take time to match larger and smaller pearls for a full graduated strand.
South Sea Shape
Cultured South Sea pearls are nucleated with round beads. However, less than 20% are round. As a result, the rounder the pearl, the more valuable it is.
South Sea Body
The cleanliness of the body or surface of the pearl is also a factor of its value. The cleaner the surface, the more valuable the pearl is.
South Sea Size
The size of the pearl effects the value. A larger pearl with similar other value factors will be more valuable than a smaller one.
South Sea Colors
With respect to golden South Sea pearls, the more saturated the golden color the higher the value.