Pearls come in two primary types: natural pearls that form unaided by humans and cultured pearls that humans cultivate with care. Cultured pearls fall into four main groups based on the type of water body and location. T... More »

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To get a pearl appraised, visit a jeweler, a jewelry specialist or a gem appraisal laboratory. A dedicated appraiser with credentials is a better choice than a jeweler who mostly specializes in selling jewelry. More »

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Tapioca pearls are used in recipes such as tapioca pudding, tapioca dumplings, tapioca curry and the spicy Indian breakfast dish sabudana khichdi. Although tapioca comes from the root of the cassava, native to Brazil, it... More »

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On average, real pearls are valued between $300 and $1,500. The value of pearls depends on a number of factors including their color, size, luster, shape and variety. More »

There are several ways to sell pearls, such as at an auction, through an online market, on a peer-to-peer auction site, at a dealer or at a pawnbroker. Selling at an auction is a method which offers the best profit retur... More »

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While both natural pearls and cultured pearls are real, their creation is the biggest difference between them. Natural pearls occur in clams and oysters when an irritant, like a grain of sand, gets inside the creatures' ... More »

Determine the authenticity and value of pearls by conducting the tooth test and inspecting the color, surface thickness, luster, shape and size of the pearl as well as any blemishes. This process does not require any spe... More »