How to identify real and faux pearls

Chiara Lippke
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If you didn’t already know, we LOVE pearls. Pearls have always held a special place in the world of jewelry. These masterpieces of natural beauty have been adored for centuries for their radiant glow and ethereal charm. 

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For PURELEI, pearls are more than just accessories; they are a tribute to the ocean's majesty. The shimmer of a pearl is like the play of sunlight on the sea’s surface. It's no wonder that pearls have been associated with beauty, purity, and the allure of the ocean throughout history. They add so much of their unique magic to every look and are very versatile. Some may say that “Pearls are old-fashioned.” But if you ask me, you can never go wrong with pearls. 

Their timeless elegance also reminds us that perfection shows itself in imperfection. Which is also an indicator of whether it’s a natural pearl or a fake one. Want to learn more about it? Let’s dive into the world of pearls together to find out.  

Distinguishing Real Pearls from Fake Pearls

While pearls are renowned for their enchanting beauty, distinguishing genuine pearls from imitation ones can be a challenging task. Here are some tips to help you separate the real pearls from the ones made by humans:

Luster: Real pearls have a natural, deep luster that emanates from within. Hold the pearl under a source of light and examine the way it reflects light. Genuine pearls will have a soft inner glow that is hard to replicate with imitation pearls.

Surface Quality: Examine the surface of the pearl. Genuine pearls often have tiny imperfections, like minor blemishes or irregularities. These are known as "pearl growth marks." Imitation pearls, on the other hand, tend to have a flawless, overly smooth surface.

Shape and Size Consistency: Natural pearls come in various shapes and sizes. While perfectly round pearls are highly valued, they are also quite rare. Manufactured pearls are more likely to be uniformly shaped and sized.

Temperature Test: Genuine pearls feel cool to the touch when you first put them on, while simulated pearls tend to feel closer to room temperature. 


However, that doesn't mean that faux pearls are inferior. There are high-quality synthetic pearls crafted from genuine mother-of-pearl that closely mimic the appearance of natural pearls but can be produced in a uniform, desired shape. It all comes down to personal preference and design – whether you prefer the smooth look of artificial pearls, for instance. Besides the visual aspect, it's also, of course, a matter of budget.

Embrace the Ocean's Magic with PURELEI

As you immerse yourself in the world of our stunning pearl-adorned and waterproof jewelry, take a moment to appreciate the beauty and allure of pearls. Each pearl embodies the ocean's magic, with its shimmering luster and unique imperfections – which is also a reminder of our own uniqueness and beauty. You are just as perfect as a pearl, or let me say: you’re pearlfect. 

Click here to discover all gorgeous PURELEI pearl jewelry pieces. Style them however you like – chic, casual, or beachy – and let them remind you of the beauty of Hawaii and the sea, wherever life's journey may take you.



Chiara Lippke


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