The Surface of a Pearl
Most pearls will have some normal surface characteristics or irregularities.
The presence of these surface characteristics may add to a pearl's individual beauty but, if significant, could suggest that its durability might be affected.
The surface condition of a pearl is judged by the size, number, location, visibility and types of these blemishes.
The different qualities of Surface in the GIA Pearl Description System are:
|Clean||Blemish free, minute surface marking|
|Lightly Spotted||Some minor surface irregularities|
|Moderately Spotted||Noticeable surface characteristics|
|Heavily Spotted||Obvious, possibly affecting durability|
|Poor||Dim and diffused|