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The Wide World of Pearls, Our 41st Issue: What are Gem Grade Pearls? Everything You Need to Know! July 11th


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Gem Grade Metallic Multi-Color Freshwater Pearls



On Day 4 of our Hong Kong buying trip, we found ourselves visiting one of our favorite suppliers, Heng Mei, hoping to find a handful of metallic freshwater strands.

The main obstacle when looking for metallics is sifting through the 1000's of AA-AAA strands, hoping you find those few special ones.

After 3 days of staring at pearls under ultra-bright lights, your eyes start playing tricks on you. In the end we were able to walk away with a few strands, but not nearly as many as I would have liked ...


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What are Gem Grade Pearls?


What are "Gem Grade" Pearls?

Gem Grade Freshwater pearls are pearls sourced from the top 1% of each annual pearl harvest.

These pearls are identified by the pearl sorters as having the highest luster, cleanest surfaces and nearly perfectly round shapes … typically these pearls are set aside for use in pearl earrings, pendants and pearl rings.

Gem Grade pearls are not certified like the Hanadama Akoya pearls are, but we do guarantee that our Gem Grade Pearl Collections represent the very highest grade of Freshwater pearls available in the world today.


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Featured Pearls of Joy Product Spotlight: Multi-Color Gem Grade Freshwater Pearl Necklace: 8.5-9.0mm 

Multi-Color Gem Grade Freshwater Pearl Necklace: 8.5-9.0mm

Add a little variety to your Summer with this Multi-color Gem Grade Freshwater necklace. The white, lavender, and pink pearls in this 8-9 mm strand are naturally colored, not dyed. The pure nacre body is very clean, extremely round, and has a glistening luster.

Our Gem Grade quality is selected from the highest quality of freshwater pearls in the world, and all our strands are hand-knotted between each pearl for security. The pearls are strung with 100% silk thread and finished with a 14K white or yellow gold clasp.


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