On Pearl Quality
While the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) uses microscopic technology to grade pearls based on 7 value factors, jewelers and pearl consumers can only identify 5 grading factors with the naked eye. Luster, color, surface quality, shape, and size can be assessed visible and used to assign value. At Pearls by Shari, we select pearls for our designs based on the highest level of quality; however, while size is a factor in value, we also realize that it is a personal preference. Our unique pieces feature pearls with excellent luster, vibrant colors, clean surfaces, and round shapes in a wide variety of sizes to meet each customer’s needs.