Most pearl buyers vouch for lustrous and shiny white beads. Perfectly round, and absolutely no flaw whatsoever- that is what every buyer demands from the pearl dealer, isn’t it! Going by the current trends in the pearl market, there are other shapes that make more buzz compared to the round ones. And baroque pearls are one of them. Straight from the pearl farms, the baroques are set in enticing neck pieces, earrings and bracelets.
So what are baroque pearls after all? Here is a quick buying guide on baroques.
Any pearl that is unsymmetrical and non-spherical are tagged as baroque. In the gemstone industry, baroque pearls hold a place of significant respect considering the multitude of shapes and sizes available in this category. Most baroques appear in ovoid and lumpy shapes, as if they were extruded from a narrow opening.
In order to understand how baroques are obtained, a buyer has to know the source of the pearl. Baroques are mostly produced from farmed freshwater and seawater molluscs. South Sea and Tahitian pearls are the largest contributors to the family of baroques.
Types of baroques:
Apart from the origin and the location from where baroques are extracted, this pearl category has a huge range of variety. For instance, Keshi pearls which have no centre or nucleus, and look like boiled rice particles. They are completely made of nacre which makes them an invincible item to own.
Another popular variety is the Egg baroque or tear-drop baroque. Owing to their oval symmetry, these baroques are easy to drill through and beaded into necklace.
Baroques resembling coins and dumbbells are also very popular. Fused pearls have an enhanced iridescence, making them an instant sell-out item. Baroques are wonderful collectibles, considering the range of size, shape and of course colour that you can explore.
While buying a baroque, you should look for the quality rating of the pearl given by leading gem regulating agencies. In the commercial market, a baroque of acceptable quality is given a rating of AAA-A. It is a combination of American and Tahitian scale of quality rating. AAA represents the nacre thickness of over 0.4 mm, while the suffix “A” highlights the lustre intensity of 95%. Other grades of baroques available in the market are AAA-B, AA-A, and so on.
Hand-crafted or machine processed:
Hand-crafted baroque pearls are stylish items. Owing to the asymmetrical shape, they are difficult to process using machines. Hand-crafted Tahitian baroques are usually set in twisted leather, often preferred by men. Baroques, unlike the Akoya pearls have unisex appeal, and the handcrafted engravings make them even more lovable.
The setting of baroque:
Baroque pearls are set into necklace of different lengths. They are perfect for designs in choker, collar, matinee and opera lengths. Due to their non-uniform shapes, they look rather rustic and have a touch of asymmetry, unlike what you expect in an Akoya or a coin pearl.
Baroques might seem like a rough investment at the first instance, but they are definitely at par with other varieties of pearl.
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