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Today, we're sharing six ways to tell imitation pearls from natural.
1. The Tooth or Rub Test
Gently rub the pearl against your front teeth, or just rub the pearls against each other. Real pearls feel slightly gritty or textured, while imitation pearls feel smooth.
2. Luster and Shine
Real pearls have a unique lustre that emanates from within, giving them a deep, radiant glow. In contrast, imitation pearls often have a surface shine that can look more "shiny" than "glowy".
Real pearls feel cool to the touch and warm up slowly in your hand. Imitations, especially if made of glass or plastic, will quickly adapt to your body temperature.
Real pearls will often have slight variations or imperfections in shape, texture, and colour – a consequence of their natural origins. Imitations are usually uniformly perfect.
5. Pearls Weight
Real pearls have a certain heft, making them feel heavier than they appear. Imitations, especially plastic ones, feel lighter.
6. The Drilled Hole Test
Real pearls have neater drill holes. If you look closely, the plastic or glass cores of plastic of glass imitation pearls are visible.