How Much Are Pearls Worth? Your Guide To Buying Quality Pearl

A beautiful string of pearls may be unfairly underrated compared to the attention diamonds tend to receive. 

However, before the 20th century, pearls were the ultimate symbol of wealth and were reserved for society's elite and royalty. Not many people could afford pearls because they were extremely limited in supply and highly valuable. 

There are several factors to take into consideration before determining the worth of a pearl: 

The Origin of the Pearl

Pearls can originate from 2 different areas: they can either be natural or cultivated. 

Natural or Wild Pearls

Pearls are the only gems found in living creatures. Pearls can come from both saltwater and freshwater mollusks. 


The rarity of the natural pearl and its high value led to the advent of modern culturing technologies in Japan in the early 1900s.