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    How to Tell Real Pearls from Fake Pearls

    How to Tell Real Pearls from Fake Pearls

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    Step1
    Rub the pearl against your teeth. You may be able to tell this way as real pearls are supposedly rough while fakes are smooth. This is not the most reliable method as you can find smooth real pearls and rough fakes.

    Step2
    Hold the pearl up to the sunlight or very bright indoor lighting. You can check for variations in the pearl's color and tone. If it's perfect in its color and tone, it's very likely fake.


     



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    Step3
    Look at the pearl through the magnifying glass. You should be able to see the ridges and irregularities of a real pearl, or the grainy smoothness of a fake.

    Step4
    Weigh the pearl. Real ones are usually heavier than fakes.

    Step5
    Test the warmth of the pearl. Resin and plastic pearls are often warm on first contact. Glass pearls take longer to warm in your hand than real ones.

    Step6
    Check the drill holes. Real pearls are drilled as small as possible to maintain their value, so fakes will often have larger holes. Also, the pearl surface, or nacre, will often flake off around the holes of fakes.

    Step7
    Check the pearl's shape. If it's a perfect sphere, it's likely a fake.

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