Local Storage seems to be disabled in your browser.
For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Local Storage in your browser.
How to detect the difference between real and simulated
Simulated pearls are beads designed to look like pearls. Manufactured often in glass or plastic, there are a number of industrially produced coatings. One of the best known, "Majorcan Pearls", consist of glass beads are coated with the exotically sounding "essence d'orient", originally a creation of the late 18th century, created by dissolving fish scales in alcohol to form a thick syrupy paste, into which the glass beads are dipped.
There is a simple and effective test to determine whether pearls are real or simulated, gently rub the pearl bead across the edge of a tooth, if it feels gritty it is real, if completely smooth it's simulated! A very easy test that will give an instant, easy, and accurate answer, to one of the most commonly asked questions!