I was perusing the internet today, reading up on my favorite topic: pearls. Well, I came across an image of a beautiful pearl necklace very similar to our 10mm Classic Necklace and it was only $99. I was amazed so I clicked on the image to read more about this necklace. Ever so subtly, in the description…between the words genuine and luxurious were the words “shell pearl.” This is an example of what I call… giving “pearl” a bad name! I have studied pearls for over 7 years and even I was temporarily fooled.
Shell pearls are fake pearls. They are created by coating a glass bead with a mixture of epoxy, fish scales, crushed up mother of pearl and basically anything else shiny. They look nice, I will give them that, but make no mistake they are fake (faux, impostors,imitators, fraud, sham, pretenders…). We at The Pearl Girls do not sell them (we like to keep things real around here) but if you choose to buy them, know what you are buying! And don’t just trust the price. We once saw a shell pearl necklace is Dubai priced at $1000. We call that one VERY expensive clasp!
Never buy shell pearls and think you have bought genuine pearls. It sort of reminds me of what my Dad used to say, “If it is too good to be true… it probably is!”
I am a modern day treasure hunter who travels the world for gorgeous pearls and amazing adventures. I own a pearl jewelry and jewelry repair business, ThePearlGirls.com, with a cute retail store in Athens, GA. I also have a Pearl Travel business and travel blog at TheWorldofPearl.com.