The Difference between Pearls and Mother of Pearl

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Mother of Pearl vs. Pearls

Pearls have been a staple in the jewelry industries for many years. Whether it’s a classic celebrity like Elizabeth Taylor, or a member of royalty, pearls have long stood for elegance, sophistication, and style. There are many different types of pearls, as there are many famous brands of pearls.

One brand that features pearls that you might recognize is Tiffany & Co.

Here are two Tiffany & Company pearl items we have for sale- click to see more!

AUTHENTIC TIFFANY & CO. PEARL 18K YELLOW GOLD NECKLACE & EARRINGS

 

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Tiffany & Co Angela Cummings 18K Earrings with Mother of Pearl

But what is the difference between a pearl and mother of pearl?

Iridescent shiny materials are a secretion by a oyster or mollusk on the inside of

the shell, this is usually known as nacre or Mother of Pearl. This lining protects the shellfish from abrasions and irritants that can get inside the shell. When a foreign object such as a piece of sand enters the shell, the lining protects the oyster and the nacre begins to build up on the foreign object – as such pearls are formed.

The shiny nacre that develops on the inside of the shell and essentially “gives birth” to a pearl by transferring that nacre to the foreign object is the mother of pearl. The pearl is the shaped nacre formed on the foreign object.

Mother of Pearl is shaped like the shell – and so it can cover larger areas such as watch faces, whereas a pearl is usually shaped round and made into beads etc.

 


What to know when

selling your pearl jewelry:

What are my pearls worth?

Natural Mother of pearl and natural pearls are always more valuable than man made or cultured, with the exception of BRAND NAME jewelry which we’ll get to later.

However Mother of pearl exists in almost all mollusks, but the chances of a particle entering the shellfish and forming a pearl is much more rare and so pearls are more valuable.

For man-made items, pearls are also more valuable than mother-of-pearl because they take much longer to form.

The value of the pearl jewelry depends on the type of pearl, the brand or maker of the item, and the condition of the piece.

 

 

How to increase the value of my pearl jewelry

AUTHENTIC MIKIMOTO 18K WHITE GOLD 16" PEARL NECKLACE W/ BOX & PAPERS

Well respected brand names will always have a little higher resale value, and if you have the original paperwork, boxes, and receipts, even better!

Keep your pearls safe, pearls are fairly fragile, and unstrung or broken pearl necklaces are much harder to sell, as they cannot be sold for jewelry value.

If they are a well known brand and the item is damaged, it can always help to ask first, we may be able to find someone specialized to bring your item back to life.

 


Are you wondering, “What to do with my old pearl jewelry in Hawaii”?

Where to sell pearl jewelry in Hawaii

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There are a few brands of pearls that hold better values than others.

Here are the Jewelry brands who’s pearls tend to hold the most value:

All of these Tiffany & Co., Mikimoto, and Ming’s Pearl jewelry is for sale on our website!
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Tiffany & Co. Pearl Jewelry

AUTHENTIC TIFFANY & CO. PEARL 18K YELLOW GOLD NECKLACE & EARRINGS

 

Mikimoto Pearl Jewelry

Selling your Mikimoto Pearl Jewelry
MIKIMOTO DOUBLE STRAND PEARL 14K YELLOW GOLD BRACELET W/ ORIGINAL BOX

 

Ming’s Hawaii Pearl Jewelry

Selling Ming's Hawaii Pearl Jewelry
MING’S HAWAII TRIPLE STRAND PEARL & PALE GREEN JADE CLASP NECKLACE W/ BOX

If you’re ready to find out what you can get for your pearl jewelry – contact us today!

 

Read more: differencebetween.com | jewelry.about.com | Pearl-guide.com