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The GIA Cultured Pearl Necklace Classification Report
07-13-2011, 02:57 PM


Purchasing a pearl necklace online is a challenge in today's e-commerce shopping marketplace. After all there are numerous online sellers who are part of a network of websites that secretly work together to control product, pricing and messaging. (American Pearl is not part of that network)

In addition, there are many pearl reports and certificates that have been featured that are produced by off the shelf certificate making software that anyone can purchase to make consumers believe that they are purchasing a product that was certified by an independent organization that is somehow an authority in grading pearls and identifying them.

As far as American Pearl is concerned there is one paramount authority which is a non for profit, that actually operates as a pearl laboratory that pioneered the nomenclature for grading cultured pearls. This organization is The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) located at 580 Fifth Avenue, right next door to American Pearl's corporate office in New York City.

The GIA and the GIA Cultured Pearl Classification Report is critical in one's shopping endeavor in today's online pearl marketplace. We say this because the Cultured Pearl Classification Report with a high score is only obtained by producing an extremely fine quality lustrous strand to the GIA for inspection. American Pearl works extremely hard to import cultured pearls of the likes of what one would find at Tiffany & Co. and Mikimoto, that are good enough quality to receive an exceptional grade by GIA standards and we are proud to offer this to consumers.

We would also like to emphasize how difficult it is to receive a report for a Single Strand Pearl Necklace that scores high on all the categories of the pearl report.

Among the Categories for the grading are as follows:

Date - The date is important in evaluating a Cultured Pearl Classification Report as indicated whether or not the pearls were newly harvested or graded in the past. Of course, it is possible to obtain an older pearl necklace and submit it again for a new report and number by paying an extra fee. In this case, the date would reflect the date the pearl report was issued.

Under "General Description"

Pearl "Quant:" - Obviously, if a strand of pearls is a fixed length such as 16 inches and the pearls are larger, there will be a smaller quantity of larger pearls. If a pearl necklace is composed of smaller pearls, there will be a larger quantity of smaller pearls. Either way, the pearl "Quant:" category will indicate how many pearls are on the pearl necklace that received the report.

Pearl "Color:" - This is the bodycolor of the pearl and overtone. From the back of the GIA Cultured Pearl Classification Report "The overall color of a pearl is called bodycolor. This bodycolor can have individual overlying translucent color(s) called overtone. Multiple overlying colors or surface iridescence is called orient, which can be present as well. Pearls can be treated to enhance their color and/or overtone. Common treatments include dye, irradiation, and coating. Note: Red is referred to as Pink when describing bodycolor in pearls.

Pearl "Weight"" - This is the weight of the total necklace otherwise known as the gross weight in carats.

Pearl "Measurement"" - This pearl grading category describes the range of size that is part of a cultured pearl pearl. For example, one may see "Ranging from 8.00mm to 7.50mm" appear in this category.

Pearls "Drilling"

Under "Identification" there are several sub categories. Among them are:

Pearl(s):

Environment:

Mollusk:

Treatments:

Under the "Detailed Description" category there are the following sub categories:

Pearl Shape:

Pearl Bodycolor:

Pearl Overtone:

Pearl Luster:

Pearl Surface:

Pearl Matching:

Interestingly enough, http://www.americanpearl.com/step2learhow.html has always taught this grading system since it started its website in the mid to late 90s.

The value of having an unbiased report produced by a non-profit reputable organization such as the GIA is that it offers a benchmark of comparison.

Last edited by pearleducation; 07-14-2011 at 04:29 PM.
 
 
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