How to tell if your pearl necklace or earring is real or fake?

My colleagues and i love pearl jewelry very much, sometimes we will talk about how to tell if our pearl necklaces or earrings are real or fake, i will list our methods to distinguish between real pearls and fakes. I hope they will be helpful to you too.
real pearl necklace

First, real pearl necklaces or earrings feel rough or gritty, but fake pearls feel smooth.

In order to test them, we can rub two pearls gently together, if the surfaces are glassy smooth, these pearl necklaces or earrings are probably artificial. However, if the surfaces are texture, these pearl necklaces or earrings are probably genuine. Another funny test is to test by rubbing a real or fake pearl against your tooth. If the pearl is made of plastic or glass, it will feel smooth. If the pear is real, we can see natural texture on the pearl necklace or earring.

Second, if the pearl necklace or earring is sold at an unbelivable price, i think we need to test it more carefully, as we all know, there are no pies dropping from the sky.

Third, imitation pearl necklaces or earrings are usally made by glass or plastic beads, the coating will chip over time. So we can check pearl necklaces or earrings near holes drilled trough them for tiny chips or flakes. If you see some chips, your pearl necklaces or earrings may be fake.

Fourth, real pearls can be either natural or cultured. Natural pearls are usually irregularly shaped and not very attractive, so the naturally round pearls are precious. However, the majority of perfectly shaped pearls are cultured.

At last, if you have better methods to test if pearl necklace or earring is real or not, please share with us! Good luck!


Anonymous said...

I have a set of pearls that are well over 60 years old. They are now starting to chip? I'm guessing they are not real and you're not going to tell me they could wear after 60 years? Which is such a great disappointment to me seeing my grandmother,mother and myself were under the impression they were real as we all wore them on our wedding days:(

Anonymous said...


I am under the impression that older pearls can flake - atleast that is the idea i got from the jeweler when i asked about my pearls which i know for a fact are actually real. Thankfully my pearls were just dirty and needed a good clean, but perhaps what i have said is the case with yours. you would have to ask a jeweler.

Michelle Chang said...

Pearl is so beautiful and elegant. With your explanation, I can now buy it with more condifence.

Linde said...

I got a double strand of pearls at a thrift store. They are beautiful and real. Also they are knotted. Slightly different shapes. What a find.