how to spot a fake
When looking at jewelry, how can you tell a real pearl from a fake one? Here are a couple tips to help!
- Imperfectly Perfect. Like most good things in life, real pearls have imperfections. The small bumps, ridges and dimples in a pearl’s nacre make each uniquely different. Fake pearls are often perfectly round with a flat finish, while real pearls will vary in shape and size.
- Just a Dusting. Oftentimes you will see a fine dusting of powder by the drillhole when looking at real pearls. This pearl dust is a the nacre; the presence of which is only found in real pearls. This is also where the “tooth test” comes from – or rubbing a pearl against your tooth to determine whether it is real or fake. Real pearls will feel gritty while fake pearls will be smooth and flat.
- Weight and Warmth. Fake pearls are often made from resin, glass or plastic. Because they have a hollow core, their density is less than that of a real pearl. Genuine pearls will also gradually warm to the skin, while resin, plastic or glass pearls feel warm upon first contact.