Identify between Fake and Real Pearls by Studying their Characteristics

Not all pearls are obtained from oyster shells. There are some artificial pearls available in the market that is dyed and presented as real pearls. It is very difficult to differentiate, if you’re not into this business. Often when people try to save some money and hop in to small store to look for pearl jewellery, they fall prey to imitation.

There are many jewellery stores that claim to provide the best pearl sets. However, those who are licensed and authorised are allowed to do business with the pearl industry. PearlsOnly is an e-commerce site established in 2003 in Australia. This company has been doing business directly with pearl farmers and processors from japan and China, therefore anyone can guarantee their authenticity. To get more info about original pearls and their characteristics, you can always navigate their site.

Here’s how you can differentiate if the pearl is imitation or real –



This treatment can be easily identified if seen minutely with magnification. Coating over an artificial pearl is given to make it look like real pearl’s lustre. However, real pearls, no matter how lustrous they are, will always have ridges on the surface. On the contrary, in artificial pearls the surface is smooth and glitters at extreme.

Pink Pearls

Akoya pearls if have uniform pink surface, then it is clearly dyed. This can be identified by the instrument used by jewellers who can see dye in cracks and pits.

Dyed freshwater Pearls

Freshwater cultivated pearls can be painted in any colour. If you find any unique or unnatural colour of pearl, then it surely is dyed. This is created only to bring it into the fashion world where women can wear it matching with different attires.

 Dyed Golden South Sea Pearls

It’s difficult to detect whether South Sea pearl is dyed or not. This can be determined only after lab testing. Hence, if any online vendor or store claims to provide golden pearl, then ask them the source of production. This means, if it is freshwater or saltwater pearl because freshwater pearls are cheaper than saltwater and often dyed.

Dyed Grey Pearls

If a grey pearl is less than 8mm of size, then surely it isn’t Tahitian pearl. It has to be Akoya or freshwater pearl that has been dyed to black or grey colour. Also compared to original Tahitian pearls, the price of dyed Akoya or freshwater pearls will be less.