Why Pearls Are So Expensive | So Expensive

  • Published on Mar 16, 2019
  • Pearls come in many different colors and sizes, and these variables help determine their value. The most expensive pearl ever sold was Marie Antoinette's pendant. It went for $32 million in a 2018 Sotheby's auction. Celebrities like Rihanna, Uma Thurman, and Cardi B all adorned themselves in pearls for last year's Met Gala.
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  • americasdadisagaypEDofile

    Why is the word OUT emphasized on every video?

  • Samuel-Flynn New
    Samuel-Flynn New 16 hours ago


  • Maria Ali
    Maria Ali 19 hours ago

    32 million for a boring ass earring ... these people need rude awakening of how the other 99% lives. You could open an orphanage, build and fund hospitals and schools for years and years with that money.. once you die that earring is just an earring but the lives you changed will have an impact on the universe..

  • matt grande
    matt grande Day ago

    do the oysters get hurt in the process? do they die?

  • Kerwin A
    Kerwin A Day ago

    I can imagine how hard an advanced alien civilization is laughing at mankind. "They think the metabolites of a shell fish is valuable, how primitive!"

  • Cinnamon Bunny
    Cinnamon Bunny Day ago +2

    Whenever he says "pearls" I can't help but think about the boba tea pearls 😂😂

  • OneKidneyMcgee
    OneKidneyMcgee 2 days ago

    So essentially a pearl is a cyst.

  • pinkfreud62
    pinkfreud62 2 days ago

    3:27 Reminds me of a hobo clown painting.

  • Trae X
    Trae X 3 days ago

    32million dollars can pay for a very satisfying oyster dinner.

  • Marie Campbell Dawson

    They are so Beautiful..... Thanks.... Gracias....

  • Emran Hossain
    Emran Hossain 4 days ago

    At least it rare material so price is kinda worth it ( if you find beauty in them), diamond isn't even rare. Few companies control its source and market.

  • Jan Bernardo
    Jan Bernardo 4 days ago

    Real life infinity stone.

  • grecia larios
    grecia larios 4 days ago

    Of course humans ruining nature

  • JP
    JP 5 days ago +2

    They're not that expensive. I give my gf a pearl necklace every night.

  • jcrowley1985
    jcrowley1985 5 days ago

    Zoidberg: ew, you're touching them

    BLUE WATER PINES 6 days ago

    The very best pearl shop with rare and gorgeous Pearl's is located in Seaside,Fla.La Vie Est Belle Pearl shop.The pearls are equally as beautifull.Wendy Mignot.

  • Adora Tsang
    Adora Tsang 6 days ago

    It's oyster booger.

  • Jia Ning Ji
    Jia Ning Ji 7 days ago

    Human stupidity makes *pearls so expensive*

  • Guns4Home Defense
    Guns4Home Defense 7 days ago

    The new Heaven described.
    The Apocalypse 21:21. And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, one to each: and every several gate
    was of one several pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, as it were, transparent glass.

  • Achhuana Hk
    Achhuana Hk 7 days ago

    Because it can turn into diamonds 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆🤩

  • Alberto Portugal
    Alberto Portugal 8 days ago

    And I thought 1000 dollar Gucci shoes were expensive.

  • gerald h'ng
    gerald h'ng 8 days ago

    Also the south sea pearl is expensive because of the gold and diamond added to it.

  • gerald h'ng
    gerald h'ng 8 days ago

    Wanna know why pearl are so expensive? Its because of women wasting more money than they r suppose to.

  • wig smey
    wig smey 9 days ago

    What a ridiculous concept, we have a huge industry based around the value of shiny mollusk byproduct.

    • Pumpkin
      Pumpkin 8 days ago

      wig smey not anymore ridiculous than other jewelry, people like nice things

  • Salty Child
    Salty Child 10 days ago

    The amount of energy humans spend on useless shit

  • The Jesus
    The Jesus 11 days ago


  • Parka0M
    Parka0M 11 days ago

    Add a small pearl into an oyster
    Let it grow

  • Gen Mat
    Gen Mat 11 days ago

    Pearl is literally oyster's tonsil stone.

  • Augustuvi Primce dea.V.

    Pearls aren't expensive
    goooood pearls are
    extreme rich people money laundering

  • FBI
    FBI 12 days ago

    They look cool

  • Lokyee'd
    Lokyee'd 12 days ago

    I have 12 pearls. I just think they’re pretty and I like rocks, I’m a collector of minerals and stuff. I have a purple one and a black one. I don’t know if they’re cultured or not. I know they authentic, due to the graininess. I did get a blue pearl from a cultured shell but I lost it.

  • Tiffany Fichtenbaum
    Tiffany Fichtenbaum 13 days ago

    easy way to find if a pearl is real , rub it on your teeth , real pearls will have layered surfaces you can feel on your teeth

  • Val 91
    Val 91 13 days ago

    She keeps her Moet et Chandon
    In her pretty cabinet
    "Let them eat cake", she says
    Just like Marie Antoinette

  • jwang604
    jwang604 13 days ago

    I bought a synthetic pearl earrings from Dior for $600. FML!

  • HindsightPOV
    HindsightPOV 13 days ago

    I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned how pollution is affecting the pearl industry.

  • AceLeaks
    AceLeaks 13 days ago +1

    Ogres are like pearls they have layers

  • GDmlg07 213560
    GDmlg07 213560 13 days ago

    Fun Fact:
    The easiest way to tell if a pearl is real or not, is to rub it against the front of your teeth and see if it’s gritty, if so it’s real but, but if its smooth it’s probably just made of plastic

  • Jark Mush
    Jark Mush 14 days ago

    honestly pearl is not perpectly round...my grand mother and mother has..

  • Jmin Val
    Jmin Val 14 days ago +107

    My grandma found a purple pearl in an oyster she was eating and they valued it at like $650

    • Nandinho Cunha
      Nandinho Cunha 10 minutes ago

      You found a stone my dude

    • Tiny Titan1
      Tiny Titan1 7 days ago +2

      Thanos pearl

    • de_quin :3
      de_quin :3 9 days ago +9

      Well a little similar story happened to me too...

      I ate an oyster I felt something round and slippery...and I *ACCIDENTALLY* swallowed it ;-;
      I'm thinking that it might be a pearl...

    • Andrew Zhao
      Andrew Zhao 12 days ago +4

      Damn, that's some incredible luck. And purple at that.

  • Jay K
    Jay K 14 days ago

    stop oysters abuse

  • Kentucky FriedChicken
    Kentucky FriedChicken 14 days ago +461

    I think the reason why Marie Antoinette’s pearl was so expensive was because it was Marie Antoinette’s pearl

    • Meanakushi
      Meanakushi Hour ago

      Kentucky FriedChicken never knew people wanted the necklace of a beheaded woman 😂😂

    • Yunan β
      Yunan β 4 hours ago

      But there is a melon that's more expensive than that

    • Zkara Chaimae
      Zkara Chaimae 4 days ago

      No shit

    • Achhuana Hk
      Achhuana Hk 7 days ago

      Because when you wear it in your pants it will stop you from pissing

    • Teddy Kurniawan
      Teddy Kurniawan 8 days ago +4

      And Natural pearl. Even its wasnt belong to Marie-Antoinette natural saltwater always expensive coz its nature made without any human hands. But Marie-Antoinette provenance and historical value is multiple the price

  • MsButterScotch
    MsButterScotch 14 days ago +1

    Thumbs up if your birthstone is a Pearl!

  • Camille Voyage
    Camille Voyage 14 days ago

    Yes but what happens to the o y s t e r ??

  • Vanesa Martinez
    Vanesa Martinez 14 days ago

    Batman: Cries

  • Dee B
    Dee B 14 days ago

    Dirt and saliva. 10k for you

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  • Alex Ramirez
    Alex Ramirez 15 days ago


  • AK - 92
    AK - 92 16 days ago +2

    As a kid I saw pearls as being cheap😅

  • : D
    : D 16 days ago

    Another Pearl of culture

  • Roshan 202
    Roshan 202 16 days ago +1

    how do you think the brits got their pearls.... from colonising HINDUSTAN. lol

  • Rob K
    Rob K 17 days ago

    You spelled "colour" wrong.

    • Rob K
      Rob K 7 days ago

      @Patrick Lo If you are the only ones doing it out of every single English speaking country in the entire world, it's wrong.

    • Patrick Lo
      Patrick Lo 8 days ago

      @Rob K nope, it is right in American standard

    • Rob K
      Rob K 8 days ago

      @Patrick Lo I know. It's wrong.

    • Patrick Lo
      Patrick Lo 8 days ago

      in USA it spell color

  • R Banerjee
    R Banerjee 17 days ago

    Where does the phrase _”uncultured swine”_ come from eh?

  • etheangel2220
    etheangel2220 17 days ago

    ...because people are willing to pay alot of money for them

  • Juju Baba
    Juju Baba 17 days ago

    Of course it was China to make fake pearls

  • Dainty Minnie
    Dainty Minnie 18 days ago +1

    Oh I want a pink pearl set in a ring. One time long time ago a guy at work told me that if he ever found a pearl he would give the pearl to me. He said a pearl for a kind lady. lol I guess he never did found a pearl😜

  • Denis Ceastov
    Denis Ceastov 19 days ago +1

    Cardi b is a rapist

  • Fahmida Patrawala
    Fahmida Patrawala 20 days ago

    The commentator is horrible..ge is eating his last words...almost whispering

  • Connor Quick
    Connor Quick 21 day ago +17

    Cardi b dressed as a oyster? What a coincident, they probably sing at the same quality.

    • Patrick Lo
      Patrick Lo 8 days ago +1

      please don't insult an oyster lol

    • M&M
      M&M 18 days ago +1

      Connor Quick wow such an underrated comment

  • dauntlesskjcm
    dauntlesskjcm 22 days ago +2

    the largest pearl ever found was found in the Philippines. About the size of a soccer ball

  • ppp ppplll
    ppp ppplll 22 days ago

    Expensive yeah but its not worth much when you pawn it.

  • aleyasa kearl
    aleyasa kearl 23 days ago

    "it might be more than a piece of sand"

  • Ali Hussain
    Ali Hussain 25 days ago

    2:40 they shoved a camera inside an oyster lmao

  • Mahmoud Omri
    Mahmoud Omri 25 days ago +1

    I want to know why in my country pearls are cheap and their real ones

    • Amber O.
      Amber O. 22 days ago +1

      Really? In my country they're as expensive as diamonds :o

  • catoncrack _
    catoncrack _ 26 days ago

    i see pearls i think plastic, don’t buy pearls

  • PokeTuber
    PokeTuber 26 days ago

    Wrong spelling of lustre

  • Arosaki
    Arosaki 27 days ago

    "Uma Thurman's dre-"
    Me: *sHe wANts tO daNcE LikE uMA tHurMaN-*

  • Bobbi Floss
    Bobbi Floss 28 days ago +3

    I gave my girlfriend a pearl necklace the other day

  • SoCali
    SoCali 28 days ago

    It's simple. Pearls are expensive because people are stupid enough to spend a ridiculous amount of money to buy them.

  • Cocoa
    Cocoa 29 days ago

    2:57 I feel shrek vibes coming from this

  • Brian Williams
    Brian Williams 29 days ago +1

    I gave my gf a pearl necklace last night! !!!!

  • empxth
    empxth Month ago

    it's only worth what people pay for it

  • Trisha Paytas
    Trisha Paytas Month ago

    The pendant should be in a museum not in the hands of random people

  • B Don
    B Don Month ago +1

    disliked for putting cardi rapist b not once but twice on my screen

  • cinnamon kitty
    cinnamon kitty Month ago

    pearls seem so gross. I don’t want a clam irritant ball

  • Heema Baral
    Heema Baral Month ago +1

    I am happy with my fresh water culture pearl.. they still look beautiful....Most of them are from China 😌😌

  • JRRnotTolkien
    JRRnotTolkien Month ago

    All-nacre pearls (those that are not mostly a huge mother of pearl starter bead) take about a year per millimeter to form. So a 10mm all-nacre pearl has been in the water for about ten years. ("Nacre" is the lustrous material that the pearl layers over irritants, or starter beads). During that ten years in the water, many things can happen to cause problems for that pearl.
    Then, there are some pearls that are expensive because they are rare: Golden and White South Sea; Akoya; Burmese South Sea; and currently (due to a disease that killed half a million baby oysters) large Tahitians. I won't go into the fabled Kasumiga or the Basra pearls which still require pearl divers, as most people will never see one in their lives.
    Pearls that were started with mother of pearl starter beads sometimes have as little as one half of one millimeter of nacre, which is why they aren't very lustrous, and why they are nicknamed "dandruff pearls" - when the nacre eventually flakes off, one has what looks like iridescent dandruff.
    Of course, big name designer jewelry is expensive no matter what type of jewelry it is; the pearl industry can't be blamed for that.

  • The Ortiz's
    The Ortiz's Month ago


  • slicvm
    slicvm Month ago

    Pearls are expensive because stupid rich people are willing to buy them at high cost.

  • pandaland1
    pandaland1 Month ago +1

    I like to gift pearl necklaces

  • Saeed Alshehri
    Saeed Alshehri Month ago

    So stupid

  • Tee Kim
    Tee Kim Month ago

    They make lab grown pearls now.. and lab grown diamonds, emeralds, ruby, everything !
    By the way, the grown pearls are 100% natural of you leave them to grow in their natural habitat.

    • JRRnotTolkien
      JRRnotTolkien Month ago

      Lab, or "shell" pearls are not 100% natural. They are close, but not 100%. They are also very easy to spot, and very easy to test if you can't tell by looking.

    MOBILE GAMER Month ago +1

    I thougth pearl is egg

  • boobdachi
    boobdachi Month ago

    my mom lied to me. she said she bought my pearls at target for $20 dollars.

  • Ashley Smith
    Ashley Smith Month ago

    I've found pearls while eating pounds of oysters and clams at a time (yes, clams) but the pearls would only be about as big as the plastic head of a sewing pin, or a pall point pen head. But I have found dozens.

    • JRRnotTolkien
      JRRnotTolkien Month ago

      Clams do produce pearls. Conchs produce pearls about the same color as the pink on the inside of their shells, and translucent. They can cost thousands of dollars each.

  • Tyler c
    Tyler c Month ago

    Stupid people are what make pearls expensive

  • Avi C
    Avi C Month ago +1

    Spongebob had me thinking peals were clam eggs

  • Travis Shaw
    Travis Shaw Month ago

    Pearl necklace cough cough

  • redseasplitter
    redseasplitter Month ago

    These would be great for people that travel a lot

  • Ben Johnson
    Ben Johnson Month ago

    cultured pearls are cheap as chips in se Asia.

  • Julian Lennon Sanchez

    From Philippines

  • Amit Gawli
    Amit Gawli Month ago


  • Ken Torralba
    Ken Torralba Month ago

    The secret is: buy a jewelry directly to the retailer and you can save a lot of money. When a famous companies put their label and then it will expensive. Here in the Philippines, cultured pearls is so affordable.

  • CDawg
    CDawg Month ago +3

    Ladies.. I'm offering pearl necklaces free of charge!

  • LunaNightshade
    LunaNightshade Month ago

    Pearls are cheap in the Philippines.

  • Kookie KxK
    Kookie KxK Month ago +7

    This makes me so sad :( imagine the poor oyster being constantly exposed to the stress of thinking it's under threat

  • irelia main
    irelia main Month ago

    What ? In indonesia pearls are so cheap

  • Kawaii Greninja
    Kawaii Greninja Month ago

    Jisoo: im broke

  • A
    A Month ago +1

    Ill give anyone a pearl necklace for free

    • Amber O.
      Amber O. 22 days ago

      I want one ;_; in my country they're so expensive

  • Ciaran Gold
    Ciaran Gold Month ago

    Wait my mum has a natural pearl necklace and bracelet. I think I’ll make sure that’s wrote into the will

  • Navneet Bains
    Navneet Bains Month ago

    I’m slightly creeped out by pearls now