OPERA’S GUIDE TO JEWELRY: PEARLS

OUR GUIDE TO BUYING PEARLS

GUARANTEE OF OUR RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

For OPERA respecting the environment is essential and has always been committed to implement the international regulations that protect the most endangered species. All OPERA’s creations that are made with protected materials come with a CITES certification that guarantees their origin, quality and respect of the strictest  UN regulations that safeguard an environmentally sustainable development.

PEARLS

Elegant and refined, pearls are uniquely beautiful; only an expert can understand they’re value, but here are a few tips to buy the right one.

When considering to buy pearls, you have to keep in mind a few aspects: origin, quality, colour, lustre, shape, surface markings and size.

ORIGIN

Pearls come from different regions in the world, natural environments that allow them to grow and gain their beautiful lustre and colour. At OPERA you will find only the best qualities, ranging from Akoya, to Tahitian pearls.

QUALITY

Although there is no standardised grading for pearls, at OPERA we ensure that each pearl meets our rigorous standards; we offer only the finest quality, making no compromises.

LUSTRE

Lustre is the result of an intense, deep shine produced by pearls; light reflects off a substance called nacre, made by many layers of tiny calcium carbonate crystal that compose the pearl, creating this magnificent effect. The bigger the pearl, the more lustre it will have; even an untrained eye can spot the difference. At OPERA we offer only the highest quality depending on your taste.

COLOR

Also called body colour, it defines a pearl tone. Common tones are white, cream, yellow, pink, silver or black; a pearl may present also a secondary colour which is visible when light reflects off the pearl surface. OPERA offers a wide range of tones depending on your taste.

SHAPE

Shape defines the form of a pearl, which may range from pearl shape to round; keep in mind that not spherical or even symmetrical ones are considered low grade. Akoya and Thaitian pearls have a tendency to be the roundest. OPERA carefully selects only the finest quality relying on a highly skilled expertise.

SURFACE MARKINGS

Pearls come from molluscs and sometimes their surface doesn’t always adhere smoothly. This may sometimes create bubbles or spots on the pearl’s surface. The most sough after quality is the smoothest which is why at OPERA we make sure that, depending on your taste, you will always find only the finest grades.

SIZE

A pearl’s size greatly depends on the origin. Akoya pearls range in size up to 11mm meanwhile South Sea and Thaitian pearls can reach sizes up to 20mm.