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How to take care of pearls

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Value factors

Freshwater vs Saltwater (Akoya)

Types of Cultured Pearls

Cultured pearls vs natural pearls

Origin of Pearls

Pearl Colors and Overtones

I'm not sure which pearls to select?

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How do I pick the perfect pearl color?

Cultured pearls vs natural pearls

Choosing your Freshwater Pearls

Real and Imitation Pearls

Are black pearls dyed?

How To Choose Your Perfect Tahitian Cultured Pearl Necklace

How to choose your perfect South Sea Cultured Pearl Necklace

Introduction to Pearls

Pearl Clasps

Selecting my necklacea and necklace length

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Will an appraisal be included with my order?

What is Nacre?

Why Choose PearlsOnly Japanese Akoya?

What are the blue tags shown with Akoya pearls?

How are necklace strands and bracelets tied?

Choosing a necklace

Pearl Measurements

Are my pearls strung too tight?

A Man's Guide to Choosing the Perfect Pearl Gift

What are Hanadam pearls?

Why are Akoya pearls more expensive than Freshwater Pearls?

Wedding Pearls

What are the pearl certificates?

How to adjust my earring backs?

What is pearl grading based on?

What are Golden Southsea Pearls

Pearl Recommendation for Different Age

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Black freshwater pearls and Black Japanese Akoya pearls are color enhanced. 
 
Please kindly note that in addition to the traditional white body color, freshwater pearl also comes in a rainbow of natural pastel colors such as lavender, pink, and every shade in between. However Freshwater pearl and Akoya pearls are NEVER naturally black – black freshwater/ Akoya pearls have undergone either Cobalt-60 treatment or treatment with an organic dye which permanently changed their color to black. The black color will still vary with different overtones because the pastel pearl color is different. 
 
The pearl color that you receive may vary slightly from that shown in the picture. Pearls are playful with light, and depending on the light conditions you view them at, they will present a slightly different color - a fascinating phenomenon. We invite you to look at your pearl in bright sunlight, on a cloudy day and inside your home. The change of color you will see will surprise and amaze you. 
 
We hope you enjoy the beauty of nature and its unique color spectrum that pearls offer, and if you are looking for naturally black pearls, then Tahitian pearls are the only pearls that are naturally black.