The guide to pearls
FUJIMORI mainly deals with akoya pearls and black, white, and golden South Sea pearls. We also provide for our pearl jewelry a certification by the Pearl Science Laboratory (PSL) of Japan upon request.
CHOOSING A PEARL
Unlike diamonds, there is no set of universal standards to grade the quality of pearls. For this reason, the grading of pearls may vary across jewelers.
At FUJIMORI Weddings, we measure our pearl quality against the high-quality akoya pearls. Our pearls are further graded by its luster, nacre thickness, size, color, shape and surface perfection.
The very essence of the pearl itself.
Nacre is the substance that the mollusk secretes to protect itself from irritants, forming a pearl over time. A thicker nacre often results in a more superior luster and lends durability to the pearl.
The shine that gives pearls their beauty.
Lustre is the reflective quality of a pearl, giving it its surface glow and deep mirror-like reflection. Pearls with better nacre quality have more superior luster. At FUJIMORI, we grade our pearls against the quality of pearls produced worldwide into four levels from "A to AAA" with "AAA" being the finest quality.
Bright, Sharp, & Distinct Reflections
Bright Reflections with Hazy Edges
Weak & Hazy Reflections
Dim & Diffused Reflections
Determines the value of a pearl.
When all other factors are equal, larger pearls are more valuable because of their rarity in nature.
FUJIMORI carries pearl jewelry that range in sizes, each designed to bring out its unrivaled beauty.
South Sea Pearls
The different hues of a pearl.
Both natural and cultured pearls come in a wide range of hues—warm and cool—and tones—light and dark. The rarer the shade of the pearl, the more valuable it is.
Popular Akoya Pearl Hues
Popular Southsea Pearl Hues
The presence or absence of blemishes.
It may come across as a surprise that a natural pearl's surface is not perfectly smooth. Pearls with the highest quality appear to have smooth surfaces due to insignificant or no blemishes.
Whether clean or blemished, our pearl jewelry are designed in a way that only smooth surfaces are shown.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Pearls can occur in a variety of shapes.
Some desire perfectly spherical or symmetrical pearls, while others prefer those of irregular and unique shapes.
We handpick our pearls and bring out their beauty through thoughtful designs.