Pearl Value

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Prices of pearls are based on several quality factors. The values provided in this guide are for round cultured pearls. Baroque pearls are about 25-35% the cost of round pearls. Natural pearls are extremely rare, and largely limited to auction and collector’s markets. These can be worth 10 to 20 times an equivalent Akoya cultured pearl.

Akoya Pearls with White Body Color

Matching Pair

Size (mm)
6 - 6.5
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
6.5 - 7
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
7 - 7.5
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
7.5 - 8
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
8 - 8.5
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
8.5 - 9
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
9 - 9.5
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-

Single Pearl

Size (mm)
6 - 6.5
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
6.5 - 7
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
7 - 7.5
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
7.5 - 8
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
8 - 8.5
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
8.5 - 9
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
9 - 9.5
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-

Freshwater Pearls with White Body Color

Matching Pair

Size (mm)
6 - 7
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
7 - 8
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
8 - 9
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
9 - 10
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
10 - 11
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-

South Sea Pearls

Matching Pair

Size (mm)
8 - 9
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-
Size (mm)
9 - 10
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-
Size (mm)
10 - 11
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-
Size (mm)
11 - 12
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-
Size (mm)
12 - 13
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-
Size (mm)
13 - 14
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-

Single Pearl

Size (mm)
8 - 9
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-
Size (mm)
9 - 10
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-
Size (mm)
10 - 11
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-
Size (mm)
11 - 12
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-
Size (mm)
12 - 13
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-
Size (mm)
13 - 14
High Luster, White
-
High Luster, Golden
-

Tahitian Pearls with Black Body Color

Matching Pair

Size (mm)
8 - 9
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
9 - 10
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
10 - 11
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
11 - 12
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
12 - 13
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-

Single Pearl

Size (mm)
8 - 9
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
9 - 10
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
10 - 11
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
11 - 12
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
Size (mm)
12 - 13
Top Luster
-
High Luster
-
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Conch Pearls

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Conch Pearls
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Tridacna Pearls

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Tridacna Pearls
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Melo Pearls

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Tridacna Pearls
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The International Gem Society (IGS) has a list of businesses offering gemstone appraisal services.

The most important factor in evaluating a pearl is whether it’s natural or cultured. Whether it’s a saltwater or freshwater pearl makes no difference to its value. Natural pearls cost far more than cultured.

All pearls are graded based on their luster, nacre thickness, shape, surface quality, color, and size. These properties are explained below. However, for more detailed information on how to evaluate pearl value, consult our pearl buying guide and cultured pearl appraisal guide.

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