A 4-hour hands on workshop working with variety of cultured pearls. The instructor is Dr. Cigdem Lule. Cultured pearls are one of the fastest growing sectors in the gem trade. Many varieties of Chinese freshwater pearls have earned widespread consumer appeal across the global market. However, visual similarity of these pearls to the once dominant seawater varieties like akoya and south seas have created some challenges for buyers, sellers and appraisal professionals whose responsibility is to accurately grade and price pearl products for their clients. Today, cultured pearls are produced in an array of colors, shapes and sizes. Yet the standard remains the round to near round white products. Although visually similar, beyond appearance these products share little in common. Market availability, surface quality and of course price differ greatly from variety to variety as well as among pearls of the same variety. Accurately pricing cultured pearls requires the professional gemologist to distinguish not only between types, but also to correctly assess quality and shape factors within the same variety. In this workshop, participants will examine and grade a variety of cultured pearls followed by a presentation concerning common enhancements and pricing considerations. The hands-on session is supported by a PowerPoint presentation featuring high quality images of certain characteristics useful for assessing overall grade. Cancellation Policy: (Class fee includes a $50 administration fee)
Cancellation 30 days prior to the class date, 100% refund (less
Cancellation 10 days prior to the class date, 50% refund
Cancellation 5 days prior to the class date, 20% refund
Cancellation less than 5 days prior to the class date, no refund
Gemworld International, Inc. reserves the right to cancel due to low
enrollment or other causes beyond our control. Should a class be cancelled,
a full 100% refund will be given to you.
Class space is limited to 15 seats. Contact Katherine Regan at (404) 704-7016 or email@example.com.
Non-subscribers to The GemGuide 245.00
Subscribers to The GemGuide 195.00