Hi, I am Norela. I am always fascinated with fashion and jewelry from all around the world. I have spent a lot of time reading and researching on these, specifically pearls fashion jewelry. Do you know that THE PEARL is coming back in the world of high fashion industry? I am not surprised, pearl accessories never went away; to me pearl has its everlasting beauty effect. This is what this article is all about, it’s about my passion, your interest and it’s all about pearls.
Do you remember how elegant Princess Diana and Jacqueline Kennedy were? Pearls fashion jewelry will never be out of style or out of place. It’s a timeless accessory that symbolizes elegance. Despite your personal style; casual, classy or sexy, pearl will give you this glowing and refined look when you wear them around your Neck , your wrist or around your finger. Regardless of occasions, whether it’s funeral, business meeting, cocktail party, shopping or date, you will always look polished and stylish with pearl.
Making a fashion statement? It adds femininity, modesty and purity to your wardrobe. Well! pearl symbolizes a happy marriage; it’s a gem for the Third and Thirtieth Wedding Anniversaries. Pearls are also the birthstone for June.
Are you aware that pearl is the only gem that is created by a living organism? Below is the brief description on how its created, types and value to better understand about your pearl. You can use this simple information to your advantage when you decide to buy pearl for yourself or someone as a gift.
Types of Pearls
There are three types of pearls; natural, cultured and imitation. The difference between natural and cultured is that natural pearls are formed by nature and cultured pearls are made through human intervention by injecting an irritant into the oyster (like getting dust in your eye). To protect itself, the oyster secretes multiple layers of a calcium carbonate substance called nacre around the foreign object to isolate it from the rest of the oyster. After a few years, the original irritant is covered in a silky coat and that is a pearl. Most pearls fashion jewelry nowadays are cultured pearls, it’s rare to find natural pearl and normally they are very expensive and becoming an antique collections.
Imitation pearls are a different story altogether. In most cases, a glass bead is dipped into a solution made from fish scales. This coating is thin and may eventually wear off. The best way to distinguish between a natural or cultured pearl and an imitation pearl without sending them to a GIA Lab for X-ray is to use the “tooth test”. Rub a pearl on the edge of your teeth. If it feels smooth , the pearl is probably imitation. If the pearl feels rough or gritty, it is probably natural or cultured.
Value of pearl
The value of the pearls in jewelry is determined by a combination of the luster, color, shape, size, lack of surface flaw:
· Luster – Pearls produce an intense, deep shine called luster. This effect is created when light reflects off the many layers of tiny calcium carbonate crystals that compose the pearl.
· Color – Typical pearl colors are white, cream, yellow, pink, silver, or black. A pearl can also have an overtone (a shade of another color), which is seen when light reflects off the pearl surface.
· Shape – perfectly round pearls are rare and highly valued. Teardrop-shaped pearls are often used in pendants.
· Surface Marking – Pearls with the smoothest surfaces are the highest-quality,
· Size – The size of the pearl greatly depends on the type of pearl. Freshwater pearls range in size from about 3.0-7.0mm and salt water pearls can reach sizes as large as 13mm.
All factors being equal, however, the larger the pearl the more valuable it is. Large, perfectly round pearls are rare and highly valued. Teardrop-shaped pearls are often used in pendants.
Rule of thumb when it comes to pearl necklace length, shorter necklaces flatter long necks, while long necklaces are nice for smaller necks. The lengths and names are as follows:
· Collar – 12-13 inch
· Choker – 14-19 inch
· Princess – 17-19 inch
· Matinee – 20-25 inch
· Opera – 26-36 inch
· Rope – 37 inch or longer
What size is right for you?
The average size of pearl necklaces sold today are 6.5-7mm, 7-7.5mm, and 7.5-8mm.
· 6-6.5mm pearl necklace: Ideal for young or petite women. Young women in the work force can accent their beauty with a simple choker.
· 6.5-7mm pearl necklace: It gives a delicate look. Ideal for young or petite women.
· 7-7.5mm pearl necklace: Appropriate for most women. Ideal for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day presents, college graduations, and Valentine’s Day gifts.
· 7.5-8mm pearl necklace: Suited to career women or those who prefer slightly larger pearls. A popular necklace for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day presents, or any other important occasions.
· 8-8.5mm pearl necklace: It is the most popular size. It is impressive, extraordinary, and valuable. Ideal for an anniversary or an important birthday.
· 8.5-9mm pearl necklace: Ideal for an important anniversary, birthday, or special event. Pearls over 8.5mm grow in water longer than smaller pearls, therefore they are very difficult to harvest. They have great value for investing, as their value will be appreciate over time.
· 9-9.5mm and up pearl necklace: Ideal for women who are looking for large, exquisite pearls, and who considers herself unique, important, and sophisticated.
Wash your pearls in very mild, soapy water. wipe them with a soft, damp cloth to ensure that they remain free from any harmful buildup. Easily scratched if bumped by other jewelry, cultured pearls are best stored in a soft cloth pouch or in a separate, lined jewelry box. Skin produces acids that can harm your pearls, so if worn regularly pearls should be wiped down with a soft cloth after every wear.
If you wear your cultured pearl strand several times a week, consider having your jeweler re-string it once a year to prevent strand breakage. Experts advise using silk or nylon thread to re-string pearls, with a knot between each pearl. Should your strand break, replace the entire cord. If the pearls are in graduated sizes, try to keep them on the old cord to maintain the same sequence until they are re-strung.