At Pearls by Angela Carol we want our customer to make the most informed decision possible when choosing their pearls. With our customers' education in mind, we grade our pearls on the most commonly used and internationally recognized grading scale - the AAA scale. You may see
South Sea pearls graded on the A-D system at times. This is often referred
to as the French Polynesian Pearl Grading System and is
also the system that is accepted by the French Polynesian government in
determining the quality standards for exporting pearls that are cultured there.
We have listed each grade in this scale along with the corresponding A-D grade
so you can be sure of about the quality of pearl you are purchasing. On this scale,
the AAA grade is the highest quality pearl available.
|South Sea Grade
||95% Inclusion Free
||90% Inclusion Free
||Very High Luster
||85% Inclusion Free
||Very High Reflection
||70% Inclusion Free
||Less than 70 % Inclusion Free
||Off Round to Baroque
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South Sea pearls
On each of our product pages you will see very clear definitions of our
grading that will look like the example below. We want you to be absolutely sure
of the quality that you are purchasing so we not only give you the overall grade
but also break this grade out into its separate elements. This way you will see
at a glance the quality of the pearls.
||AA+ (90% Inclusion Free)
||Very Round (AAA)
||Very High (AAA)
||10mm - 11mm
||South Sea Pearls
For this example the overall grade is AA+. This signifies that
the pearls are perfectly round, have the excellent luster, have a
mirror reflection, have a 90% inclusion free surface and are perfectly
matched across the strand.