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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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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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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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. 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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To clean yellowed cultured pearls, use a soft damp cloth and use pearl cleaner. Other jewelry cleaners and liquid soap can damage pearls further. More »

Baroque pearls are pearls that have an irregular shape. They tend to be non-symmetrical, coming in a wide array of shapes like ovoid, curved, pinch or lump shapes. They can also resemble a cross or stick shape. More »