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    Member mrsadm's Avatar
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    Default Luster: South Sea Pearls vs. Akoya

    My local jeweler has a pair of (white) SS stud earrings that I am interested in. They are each around 10.5 mm. My concern here is that they don't seem to have much luster.

    I have several white akoya pearls that have better luster than the SS ones, and a pair of metallic freshwater pearls that also look quite lustrous to me.

    What/how much luster should one expect from white SS pearls? Can anyone post a picture to help me see what good quality SS pearls should look like?

    Thank you all for any help! As you can imagine they are not cheap.

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    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
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    As a general rule, luster is lower in SSP than in akoyas, but it can be very high. I happen to like satin luster when it comes to SSP, but if you want SSP with high luster, you can find them.

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl Expert Pareltje's Avatar
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    SSP can have a luster like that of the best akoyas. But generally SSPs have satiny luster.

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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Luvglitz's Avatar
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    Default Australian South Sea pearls

    I have two strands of South Sea pearls. They are very different and not because of size and shape. Both are from Australia. The larger pearl strand (12-15mm) has a very satiny luster. The smaller baroque strand is from Northern Australia and cultured in wild caught mussels. This strand has amazing luster very much like Akoyas.
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