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Pearl Jewelry Review

Updated on August 18, 2012

Pearl Jewelry Adds Beauty And Elegance To Your Persona

A pearl is considered as the symbol of virtue and purity. Jewelry embellished with pearls is thus very popular. Pearls are organic gems. They are made when a piece of grit enters into the shell of mollusks such as oysters and clams. The foreign body is coated with a substance called nacre in concentric layers till a pearl is formed. The thickness of the nacre depends on different factors such as the type of mollusk, the amount of time that the foreign body is resident in the shell, etc.

Looking For Just The Right Jewelry Piece? Read These Tips.

The right piece of jewelry can be a precious thing that is cherished forever. It's not so much the price of the jewelry but rather the sentiment in giving it that makes it a valuable piece of jewelry. This article can help you pick out a perfect piece of jewelry that will be cherished forever.

Pearls

If you are planning to purchase a piece of jewelry for your wife or girlfriend but do not want to ruin the surprise, do some detective work. Stealthily, sneak a peek in her jewelry box or simply pay attention to the pieces that she wears the most. Take note of details like whether she favors gold or silver, thick or delicate chains, or diamonds versus colored stones or pearls. This information will help both you and the salesperson narrow down the selection.

Having pearl jewelry is a real treat and privilege. To care for pearls, be sure to clean them off with a cloth after you wear them. Pearls soak in residue from body oils, creams and hair gels, so it is vital to clean them after each time you wear them. Wrap the pearls in acid-free paper and store them in a dark location.

As you shop for pearls, you have three options: natural, cultured, or imitation. Imitation pearls are by far the most affordable, but are also noticeably less lustrous than other choices. Natural pearls are rare and will cost you a fortune. Cultured pearls, on the other hand, are somewhat affordable, highly attractive and creamy in appearance, which makes them the best option for many buyers.

It is so true, as stated before, that the value of jewelry is in the sentiment behind it and not the price tag. Finding the perfect piece of jewelry is all about expressing emotion, not picking out the biggest one. By using the information in this article, you are sure to find just the right jewelry that expresses how you feel.

Pearls can be classified as natural and cultured pearls.

Natural pearls are more expensive and rare. Cultured pearls also grow inside the shell of mollusks, but with human intervention. The shell is opened carefully and an object is inserted that will later become a pearl.

It takes a considerable period of time to build a pearl of reasonable size and hence it is expensive. Moreover, spherical shapes are rare and more expensive.

Pearl jewelry making

Natural pearls are not easily available because of over fishing and the high demand.

Therefore, cultured pearls are more popular. Pearls used for jewelry are differentiated according to the growing conditions, the color and the shape. Pearls to be used in jewelry are usually sold by carat weight. Pearl shapes are classified as spherical, symmetrical pearls (that may not be round but are symmetrically shaped), and baroque pearls that are odd shaped. The spherical pearls are the most expensive.

Some of the popular varieties used for pearl jewelry are Mabe, Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, Cortez, etc. Each of these varieties is characterized by different qualities. Cortez pearls are available in a variety of colors including black. Akoya pearls are typically white in color. Mabe pearls are lustrous and South Sea pearls are the largest. They can be colored cream or gold. Though the most popular variety of the Tahitian pearl is the black one with tinges of peacock green, their natural color is grey, black, or silver.

The pearl necklace is the most traditional and popular form of pearl jewelry.

Some of the different types of pearl necklaces are as given below:

The bib is a necklace with several strands of pearl of differing lengths.A collar necklace is typically 12 to 13 inches long and worn high on the neck.A choker is slightly lower than the collar and is about 15-16 inches long.The princess necklace is recognized as the classic length for a pearl necklace. It is about 17 to 19 inches long. It can be worn with clothes having different necklines.

The other types of pearl necklaces are matinee, opera, and rope. Other items of pearl jewelry include peal earrings, pearl bracelets and pearl finger rings. Some qualities that can be looked for when purchasing pearl jewelry are:

Luster of the pearl is the sharpness of the reflections off the surface of the pearl. The more the clarity of the image, the greater the luster.Pearl size matters when pearls are chosen for specific pieces of jewelry. Necklaces use larger pearls. However, the larger pearls are not preferred to be placed on earrings or finger rings.The pearls should be well matched when they adorn a piece of jewelry. Differences in color, finish and shape can cause an imbalance in appearance.

Pearls are relatively soft and can scratch easily.

It is to be noted, however, that natural pearls are harder than cultured pearls. Pearls are easily damaged by heat and may crack. They can be denatured and eaten away by acids such as vinegar and lime juice.

Ensure that your pearl jewelry is not cleaned with commercial jewelry cleaners that contain ammonia. They will be harmed in the long run. Do not use detergents or bleaches. Try rubbing off dirt with a soft cloth or using your fingernails carefully. Try to keep the pearls away from body perspiration. Use secure clasps for your pearl jewelry to keep them from falling down and getting hurt.

Pearl jewelry, when rightly made and worn can be the ultimate embodiment of beauty, elegance and versatility.

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