Whilst in WWII my father sent home a pendant. On the box it says “Handmade dark pearl necklace, bought while he was in Italy.” It is black with orange beads among pearls shapes. It looks much more like mom of pearl to me, nevertheless the dark colour tosses me away. The pearls may be authentic, but to be sure you should get a expert assessment either by an estate jewelry appraiser or Akoya Pearls.
A different way to inform when they are authentic is to massage a pearl towards your teeth. When it is sleek, it is not authentic. Pearls will usually possess a roughness that you simply can’t identify aesthetically. The orange beads may be coral. When they are authentic dark pearls, their value would rely on dimension, quality and color. Something only someone with a “hands-on” evaluation could determine.
I’m going to market an vintage strand of pearls as well as a possible purchaser motivated to know how the pearls were “signed”. Typically in old products and even newer, agreed upon means some method of identification from the maker or designer. On vintage glassware for instance, a signature tag may be pushed or cut to the glass. …Continue Reading