In the jewelry store, you will find plenty of different types of pearls. One of the things that can ease your selection understands how pearls are graded. This article will tell you more about pearl necklace grading.

Importance of grading

Different jewelry stores employ different methods to grade pearls. Some firms use letters to grade pearls, while others use numbers for this procedure. There are also some stores that do not grade their pearl at all.

Pearl grading is very subjective and every jewelry store sells pearls grades differently. A pearl that is graded as “AAA” by one store may be of 1/10th value by another store. So, you can’t just depend on grading. There are a few more factors that you must take into consideration when choosing a pearl pendant necklace. These are quality certificate, luster, reputation of the store, affordability etc.

Why natural pearls are considered the best?

When planning to buy a pearl necklace, people only wish to buy one that is made up of natural pearls. This is because they have this misconception that natural pearls are of the best quality. Though these pearls are superior but their rarity makes them very expensive. There are other varieties of pearls that are ranked superior in the market. These are Akoya pearls, Tahitian pearls, freshwater pearls, and South Sea pearls.

Select the proper size of pearl

 The right size of the pearl is the one that is not too big and not too small. So, if you want to wear a large size pearl, then go for larger pearl else go for a smaller pearl. That’s it. The most commonly worn sizes of Akoya pearl is between 7 to 7.5 mm.

In the case of freshwater pearl necklace, it is between 7.5 to 8 mm. Tahitian pearl necklaces have also been known for being inherently larger pearls. They are between 8mm to 11 mm. The best size for south sea pearl necklaces is between 10mm to 14 mm.


When you are in search for the best quality pearl, then grading will assist you to some extent. In addition to grading, consider the above factors to form the right selection.