FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE OCEAN
Discover the feminine charm of our pearl jewellery collections, the epitome of style and grace. From classic pearl strands to alluring pieces combining sparkling diamonds, you’ll discover something for every occasion and every style.View our collection
WHY PICK GLYDON & GUESS
We are a traditional, family-run business that has over 77 years’ experience in the jewellery business. Designing and creating jewellery since 1941, we have an abundance of irreplaceable, invaluable knowledge and skill meaning we provide only the very best service.
With such extensive experience and dedication, Glydon & Guess never compromises on quality of service or work, meaning you can relax knowing your jewellery is in the very best hands. We do not let our customers down.
Style in every detail
Glydon & Guess is the leading jewellers in Kingston. Established in 1941, we are a traditional, family-run jewellers that has been offering top-quality customer service and outstanding jewellery for more than 70 years. We have a fantastic range of beautiful, high-quality jewellery collections and extensive jewellery services. Modern, antique and bespoke design.
Visit our showroom in Kingston and have a look at the wonderful pieces of jewellery we have to offer and the services we provide, or call us at 020 8546 3758 . We look forward to hearing from you.
Frequently asked questions
01/ HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VARIOUS TYPES OF PEARLS?
There are four different main types of pearls, each with unique attributes.
Japanese Akoya pearls are perfectly round white pearls with a bright luster. These are also often thought of as ‘classic white pearls’.
Tahitian Pearls are dark in colour and have a rainbow unique luster.
Chinese Freshwater pearls are creamy white and more robust and less expensive than Akoya pearls making them better for everyday use.
South Sea Pearls come in have an unmistakable iridescence and deep glow. These pearls come in vibrant white or gold without any need for artificial colouring.
02/ HOW CAN I CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZED PEARLS?
The choice of pearl size is one of personal style. The most popular sizes for pearls are under a centimetre in diameter. The larger a pearl is, generally the more expensive it becomes. When choosing a pearl necklace, earrings or other item of jewellery, consideration of your own innate style should guide your end decision.
03/ HOW CAN YOU SPOT FAKE PEARLS?
As with most valuable and beautiful items, fakes are abundant. Fake pearls can be spotted in a number of different ways. Fake pearls are usually made of glass, plastic, shell or ceramic and coated with a material that mimics a pearls luminosity and luster.
Fake pearls tend to be lacking in imperfections, have no deviance in size, reflect light less well than real pearls and are lighter in weight. Finally, fake pearls can be spotted with the ‘tooth rub test’. Gently rub the peals across the surface of your front tooth. Real pearls will feel gritty and sandpapery, fake pearls will feel smooth.
04/ CAN DAMAGED PEARLS BE FIXED?
Sadly, dents and scratches to pearls damage the nacre and this cannot be reversed. If pearls are lightly scratched, buffing may help to mask the damage but will not be able to fully remove it. For pearl jewellery intended for everyday use, we recommend freshwater pearls as these are less expensive and far more robust than saltwater types.
05/ WHAT ASPECTS OF PEARLS ARE CONSIDERED IN THE GRADING SYSTEM?
Pearl grades are reliant upon seven factors and start from Hanadama and AAA at the highest end and A at the lowest end. However, there is no internationally agreed grading scale so pearl grading may vary between pearl dealers and places.
The seven factors are:
Luster - This is a measurement of how light is reflected from the pearl’s surface. The sharper the reflection = the higher grade of pearl.
Surface – Smoother, cleaner surfaces have higher values. Marks on a pearls surfaces are called inclusions, similar to diamond irregularities.
Symmetry – Completely round pearls are extremely rare. The more symmetry found in a pearl, the higher its value becomes, despite that actual shape being teardrop or oval. Asymmetrical pearls receive the lowest grade of all.
Colour – Pearls can come in any colour. Rarity of colour, depth and saturation all impact value and grading.
Size – Pearls come in multiple sizes, however, the bigger a pearl is, generally speaking the higher valuation it will receive (if the above noted factors are also in the higher spectrum)
Origin – Cultured pearls, developed in specialised farms are graded by type in the following order (highest to lowest): South Sea, Tahitian, Akoya and Freshwater. Naturally occurring pearls are the most rare and therefore most expensive of all pearls.
Match - Fine pearl necklaces can take many years to create depending on the pearl type. An even graduation from smallest to largest pearls at the centre, with little to no difference from pearl to pearl in terms the above factors are far more valuable as they take the longest to match and create.