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I often asked how to tell genuine beads from fake beads, usually followed by a reference to the "tooth sample". The bigger question really is this: How do I make sure I pay a reasonable price for the beads I buy?
With many of today's freshwater pearls at reasonable prices, most have the advice of real beads of one kind or another. I would argue that consumers are losing much more money than paying for low quality beads than buying false beads that are incorrectly represented as real.
As I said, there are some things you should know to judge right and false. First is the nomenclature. Artificial pearls come from many names: fake, faux, fabricated, semi-cultivated, imitation, simulated and dozens of brand names such as La Tausca, Majorica and Laguna. Most are plastic or glass. Some actual shell beads lacquered with layers of mother-of-pearl stems made of oils and ground fish. There is nothing wrong with wearing these costumes. Some are just worth a dollar or two. High-quality imitations can be $ 100 to even $ 300, but be very reluctant to spend more than $ 50 on fakes.
The best way to find fake beads is to completely engage your senses. Here are some things to consider:
- Keep them. Real beads have booklets that make them feel heavy for their size.
- Know them. Real beads are stylish and will heat something when held for a minute or two.
- Look over them. Real beads have natural spots and markings and small differences in size and color. Fake beads have a consistent quality. If the beads are perfectly round and perfectly matched but not expensive, you can be absolutely sure that they are completely fake.
- Examine the wells carefully. The hole in itself should be small and clean at its edges. Coarse and broken areas around the edges may indicate either a false or a genuine bead of poor quality. Insight into the hole, an even quality to the surrounding material all the way through indications of an artificial gem.
- Examine the knots and buckles. Lame string, neither silk nor knotted, is a surefire sign of imitating beads. A cheap lock of brass or gold vermeil also signals fakes.
- Light Test. Plastic is the most common material for false beads. Slide a bright pen light from behind. A plastic bead will have a uniform glow. A properly grown pearl will have a dark center.
- Dental Test. Nacre of a true pearl consists of calcium and aragonite crystals and binding proteins stored in a grid pattern. Gently rub a true gem along the edge of your upper upper tooth and it will feel a bit abrasive or cruel. A false gem will feel smooth and smooth.
- Common sense. Fine beads are expensive. A perfectly matched necklace of round 10x12MM Tahitian beads is not a $ 900 item. Know what beads cost. The Pearl Market is quite efficient. Pricing of anomalies is not common. If you find a store too good to be true, the beads are probably fake, poor quality or stolen.
- EBAY. Remarkable sellers are on eBay and auction sites but there is also an abundance of hucksters hiding there. Take special care with buying beads directly online from China. This is a great way to make your hard-earned dollars a practical precious gem.
The more you plan to invest in fine pearls, the more you should do your due diligence.