Buying Guide

Nacre Quality

Qualities of Pearls - Nacre Quality

Nacre is the unique layered material that gives a pearl its reflective and iridescent properties.

A pearl's beauty and value may be determined by the thickness and crystal structure of its nacre.

All our pearls are selected for having the highest grading of nacre quality, which is described as Acceptable under the GIA's Pearl Description System.

The table describes the different types of Nacre Quality that are possible.

Acceptable No noticeable nucleus, not chalky
Nucleus Visible Thin nacre, with poor pearl durability
Chalky Dull appearance, with poor lustre