Pearls signify class and wealth, and easily encapsulate the energy and purity of the oceans. Each piece of pearl jewelry from MySolitaire is special and will be cherished forever. From the depths of the ocean, pearls are organic but they are also, formed and born from within their mother: Pearl oyster. Moreover, pearls are the official birthstone for June and Zodiac gemstone for Gemini and Cancer.
Types of pearls stated by American Gem Society
- Natural Pearls
Natural pearls are extremely rare and most have already been harvested. They occur in the wild without any human assistance.
- Cultured Pearls
Cultured pearls are grown in pearl farms. The mollusks are raised until they are old enough to accept the mother-of-pearl bead nucleus. Through a delicate surgical procedure, the technician implants the bead and then the mollusks are returned to the water and cared for while the pearl forms.
- Saltwater Pearls
Saltwater pearls include the akoya cultured pearls grown in Japanese and Chinese waters. They range in size from 2mm (tiny) to 10mm (rare) and are usually white or cream in color and round in shape.
- Freshwater Pearls
These pearls are grown in freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds. They can also be produced in various shapes and in an array of pastel colors.
- Imitation Pearls
Imitation pearls are usually a coated glass bead. Most have a high luster, but not the depth of luster seen on high quality cultured pearls.
While buying pearls
An easy way to test the authenticity of pearls is by rubbing it against another pearl. Imitation pearls glide across each other but cultured pearls feel gritty because of the layers of nacre. Many culture pearls undergo treatments to enhance their luster but that doesn’t make them less real.
Professional jewelers like MySolitaire will help the customers understand the true value of pearl jewelries. Trust upon jewelry stores who have a good history of ethical standards, even better who are members of Jewelers of America.
So while buying pearls, look for detailed information that includes but not restricted to product specifications. Pay attention to the quality & weight of the pearls just like going for any other precious stones.
Taking care of your pearls
To preserve your pearls glow:
- Never clean pearls with laundry detergents, chlorine bleach, or even an ultrasonic cleaner.
- Never store your pearls in any type of plastic bag. Plastic corrupts the surface of the pearl. Use a soft cloth bag instead.
- Avoid leaving pearls to direct source of heat.
- Pearls are to be kept where it can find little moisture so they don’t dry up.
- Use gentle soap to clean, and dry it up preferably in a cotton cloth.
Our hand-picked pearls are the perfect way to show your love!