How can you tell freshwater pearls are real?

Discover the beauty of freshwater pearls and Swarovski pearls at Jewels with Flair! Freshwater pearls are natural gems that are often incorporated into timeless jewelry, giving them a timeless and elegant look. In addition to our collection of freshwater pearls, we also offer beautiful Swarovski pearls .

Jewelry with pearls and gemstones

But how do you distinguish a freshwater pearl from a Swarovski pearl?

It is important to be sure of the authenticity of your pearls. That's why I've put together 3 useful tips below to help you distinguish real pearls from imitations.

1. Thorough Inspection: Genuine freshwater pearls exhibit natural variation in shape, luster and color, while imitations are often perfectly uniform. If your pearls appear identical, they may be authentic, especially if you purchased them from a reputable jeweler with an accompanying certificate. Otherwise you are probably dealing with imitations.

2. Structure and texture: Real pearls have a slight roughness, while imitations often feel smooth. You can feel this difference with your fingers or even your teeth.

3. Weight: Genuine freshwater pearls are lighter than glass pearls and heavier than plastic imitations. Feel the weight of the pearls to judge their authenticity.

In our collection you will find a number of jewelry with imitation pearls. Why? Because sometimes a perfectly round shape is simply beautiful, and authentic freshwater pearls with comparable perfection are rare and precious.

Would you like to discover for yourself which jewelry contains imitation pearls?

View the photos below and take the test! Below you see a number of jewelry with (freshwater) pearls. The results per photo are at the very bottom of this blog.

We mainly offer jewelry with real freshwater pearls, supplemented with some pieces with Swarovski pearls or glass pearls.


Pearl earrings


Maxima earrings freshwater pearls


Flower earrings with freshwater pearls


Maxima earrings with Swarovski pearls

1 Earrings with freshwater pearls 2. Earrings with freshwater pearls 3. Earrings with freshwater pearls 4. Earrings with Swarovski pearls, rose quartz and Swarovski icicles

March 21, 2022 — Erlinde Kramer

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