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Are large pearls pricier than smaller ones? How is a pearl priced?

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Kristen Carroll
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I'm planning to gift my dear mother a pearl necklace this Christmas holiday, as I heard from my friends that pearls have a significant symbolism related to moms. 😝 😝

After doing some window shopping, I noticed that some bigger pearls are more expensive while in some cases the smaller ones are. Just want to have a better understanding of the pricing so I can purchase smartly.

Thanks in advance,

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Steven Kwok
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@kristencarroll This is not always true. Simply put, several factors are considered to determine the price and value of a pearl: size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality and matching (should be taken into account when using multiple pearls on a jewelry piece). Further, you should also be aware that it would be somehow impractical to compare the prices of different pearl varieties merely.

The well-known Akoya pearls are generally smaller in size than other pearl varieties, both saltwater and freshwater. Akoya pearls are approximately 2mm-8mm in size, but they would cost more than some bigger pearls of similar quality in some cases. The higher price tag of Akoya pearls largely attributes to their extraordinary and sharp and perfectly round shape.

Have a look at this article to learn more about the quality factors of pearls.

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@stevenkwok Thanks for your answer and the resource, they're really helpful!

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