Pearls have been a source of fascination for centuries. They
have been considered the most magical and feminine of all gems and
are the only one created by a living organism. Pearls emanate a
certain warmth and glow not found in other gems, due to their unique
beginnings. Pearls are found in pearl oysters. However, the origin of
the pearl mystified humans for centuries. Many theories were put
forward regarding the origin of pearls however, it wasn't until the
turn of the twentieth century that the relationship between pearl
oysters and parasites was discovered.
Due to the
rarity and high price of natural pearls, cultured pearls feature
predominantly in jewellery stores. Side by side, it is very difficult
to tell the difference between a natural pearl and a high quality
cultured pearl with the naked eye. Pearls are composed of between 82-86%
mineral (calcium carbonate), 10-14% organic binder and 2-4% water.
They are very soft and can be chipped quite easily.
The name 'pearl'
has various origins. The Teutonic derivation comes from the noun
beere, meaning berry. Latin derivations are pirium, a sphere, and
pirula, a pear. The Romans used the Greek word margarita, describing
something of unique value, a cherished possession or a favourite
child. The pearl is the birthstone for June, and also the anniversary
gem for the Third and Thirtieth Wedding Anniversaries. Recognised as
the emblem of modesty, chastity and purity, pearls have also come to
symbolise a happy marriage.
Pearl Luster is produced when rays of light are absorbed into
and reflected back out through the nacre. Anyone buying should take
time to learn to evaluate luster. View Details.
includes the body color (the primary color - either light, dark), the
overtone color (a tint that appears super-imposed on the body color)
and orient. View Details.
Three things determine the size of a cultured pearl: the size of the mother-of-pearl
nucleus, the size of the oyster, and the thickness of the nacre. View
in pearls is divided into three categories. Any strand of pearls
should be well matched. View
Pearl Surface Perfection: Finer quality nacre is very smooth.
Cleaner the surface, the higher luster produced. View
For white cultured pearls, there are two principal elements involved
in evaluating color: body color and overtone. The "body
color" refers to the basic color. View
The Right Necklace:
Take a woman's age and body type into account when finding the right
& Co. sells silver overtones pearl strands & necklaces.
We sell rose overtone pearl strand & necklace.
have questions regarding the type of pearl strands we sell and the
quality of our pearls in the necklaces. To better inform the shopper
we have written this guide. View
Necklace Glossary: Cultured pearls are real pearls that are
formed naturally by a mollusk with assistance from man. A shell bead
is inserted into the mollusk. View Details.
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