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You Will Need
- Another pearl
- A magnifying glass
- A jeweler's loupe
- Sunlight or bright lights
- Professional jeweler
Use your teeth
Scrape the pearl across your front teeth. Real pearls typically feel gritty or slightly rough, while fakes will likely feel smooth.
Test for friction
Rub one pearl against another lightly. If you feel a sandy friction, then they are probably real.
Using a magnifying glass or a jeweler's loupe, examine the pearl’s surface. Real pearls look scaly; imitations look grainy.
Check for flaws
Check for flaws in the surface and shape of the pearl. Real pearls usually have imperfections.
Perform a sunlight test
Take the pearls into the sunlight or hold them under bright lights. Real pearls will reveal a colorful luster that shifts as they move.
X-ray the pearl
Have the pearls x-rayed by a jewelry expert. This may cost you, but knowing for sure may be worth it.