Simulated pearls are imitations of real pearls that are made to resemble the look and feel of a genuine pearl. These pearls are not real pearls that are formed naturally and found in mollusks or cultured.
There are many different types of simulated or faux pearls, such as plastic beads, solid glass beads, mother-of-pearl shell beads and hollow glass beads containing wax. Real pearls can be distinguished from simulated pearls by performing certain tests, such as gently rubbing the pearls between the teeth and feeling their texture. Real pearls often have an uneven surface, while simulated pearls appear smooth. In addition, genuine pearls are not flawless, but can have a few blemishes indicating their natural formation.