The alliterative title is in good fun, but the truth is that buying pearls is a serious subject. And like any other product, the pearl market has some unscrupulous sellers willing to take advantage of a buyer’s inexperience and desire for a bargain. Here are some tips to help you make sure that you get exactly what you’re looking for and not what someone else wants you to buy.

WATCH FOR FAKES: No one wants to pay for genuine pearls just to later discover that they’ve been sold an imitation. But how can a novice purchaser tell the difference? First, look closely. A genuine pearl doesn’t look like a glass bead or a ball bearing. A real pearl’s surface will be slightly gritty due to its crystalline structure.

BEWARE OF SOME “BARGAINS”: Everyone loves a great deal. But as they say, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. At the Pearl Source, we believe that our prices are one of our greatest attributes. But our low prices are supported by sound reasoning: The Pearl Source sells only pearls and purchases the gems directly from their country of origin, cutting out the middle man. If you wish to purchase pearls and you’re surprised by the low prices, ask the seller HOW they’re able to sell so low. If the explanation and/or the price doesn’t make sense, walk away.

GO WITH AN EXPERT: The best way to avoid an unscrupulous purchase is to avoid an unscrupulous seller in the first place. As Warren Buffet has said, “If you don’t know jewelry, know the jeweler.” Do your research, and only purchase from sellers you can trust. Look at customer reviews, check with the better business bureau – better yet, talk to the seller yourself. The Pearl Source would love for you to trust your business to us, but more importantly, we want you to trust your business to a seller who has earned it, whoever you may choose.


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