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BEST PRICE GUARANTEE: If you order any item today then see it at a lower price on our website (up to 20/12/2023), tell us and we'll happily refund the difference (Terms)

Imitation Pearls

Absolute Pearls only ever use genuine pearls from cultured freshwater and saltwater pearl producers. We do not stock imitations, faux pearls, shell pearls or so called semi-cultured pearls and do not recommend them to our clients.

Many people get confused between cultured pearls and fake pearls, and it is important to understand the difference between the two.

Just like an IVF baby, the cultured pearl process may be started artificially, but the pearls are still a natural gem, grown in a living creature and subject to all the variety and unpredictability that goes with any natural process. They are exactly the same in structure and composition as a pearl that grows naturally in the wild.

There is no substitute for the natural pearl growing process, and no man made substance has ever truly matched the lustre, iridescence or colours of a real pearl. Just like a beautiful baby, they are a gift from nature, and the closest that artificial production processes will ever get is a mere doll by comparison.

Sadly, that does not stop some people from trying, and there are many different kinds of imitation pearls available. These mostly consist of glass or plastic beads, which are coated with a fish scale mixture or powdered mother of pearl. Occasionally, rejected pearls are used as the base and artificially coated. These are called semi-cultured pearls, but are still considered fakes.

How to spot fake pearls

Some imitations, such as Majorca pearls, are finished to a very high standard, with multiple layers of coating, and it can be hard to tell them apart. So how do you know if you are buying real pearls?

Firstly, you should look at the pearls themselves. If they are all perfectly round, perfectly matched and have no flaws, yet are presented at an affordable price, then chances are they are fake. A string of pearls so perfect and flawless would be highly prized and highly priced. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

The second way to tell is to use the tooth test. Gently rub the pearl against your upper front teeth. If they feel gritty then they are probably real, but if they feel smooth then chances are they are fake. Conversely, if you look closely at the pearl surface, using a magnifying glass, then a real pearl will look smooth, while a fake pearl will appear rough.

Terms & Conditions

Terms for 'SANTA20' Discount Code:

  • Expires 11:59pm on Monday 11th December 2023.
  • Can be used on any jewellery item EXCEPT any item that is already discounted (shown by a red coloured price with the original price crossed out).
  • Only valid for online purchases.
  • Discount is only applied to the product cost and not to gift wrapping or upgraded delivery charges.
  • Each code cannot be used in conjunction with any other Absolute Pearls discount code. (Only one discount code can be used for any one purchase)
  • The Discount Code must be entered into the 'Discount Code' field and the 'Apply Code' button clicked to apply it. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure the code has been applied prior to proceeding and paying for the order.
  • Any discount code cannot be applied retrospectively.
  • This offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice and is subject to availability.

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Terms for Best Price Guarantee:

  • If you buy any product from Absolute Pearls between 4th November 2023 to 20th December 2023 inclusive and subsequentially find that same product offered at a lower price on the Absolute Pearls website on or before 20th December 2023, we will happily refund you the difference.
  • Product discounts and available discount codes will be used to determine the lowest price available of any item on any given day and do not include postage or gift wrapping charges.
  • This best price guarantee does NOT apply if you fail to use/successfully apply the code in the checkout (for whatever reason) the best available discount code available on the day and which are available on the website banners and the New Subscribers mailing list sign up box. If in doubt, please email us on or call 01516257688 for guidance & information on discount codes.
  • To claim, you simply need to email us ( on the same day when you see the lower price, and include the following details: your name, your order number, the product code number and the date and lower price you saw on the Absolute Pearls website. Please also send us a screenshot or photo of said product and lower price.
  • If the same product (same SKU number) is offered at a price lower than you paid, we will refund the difference to you by the end of December.
  • The 'Best Price Guarantee' only applies to the Absolute Pearls website (

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