You may wonder what is the amazing thing behind Pearls? Well, Pearls are a complex object.
To start, the iridescence that pearls display is caused by the overlapping of successive layers. This breaks up light falling on the surface.
Also, pearls (especially freshwater pearls) can be dyed yellow, green, blue, brown, pink, purple, or black. I love Black Pearls, they are amazing.
This was the main reason why pearls fetched such extraordinary prices in the past. Imitation or fake pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry. But the quality of the iridescence is usually very poor. And generally speaking, fake pearls are usually quite easy to distinguish from the real thing.
You need to understand what sort of pearls you are buying. If you buy Pearls that come from Pearls farms you need to understand how they are picked up.
These sorts of pearls are carefully selected from long-established pearl farms. And then range in size from under 1mm to 20mm giants. Usually these farm pearls are harvested in the cooler winter months, after about two years of cultivation.
Like natural pearls, cultured pearls grow inside of a mollusk, but with human intervention. Cultured pearls are sold by their size in millimeters. Saltwater pearls originate within a saltwater mollusk. Saltwater pearls can be either natural or cultured.
Obviously, it is not a surprise for anyone to understand that natural pearls are more expensive. And if you are really interested in getting the best pearls in the world, well, you need to travel all the way to Japan.
When you buy a Pearl you need to ask about the origins and their shapes. This is the way they get classified.
So where do Pearls come from?
Well, Pearls are formed inside the shell of certain bivalve mollusks. As a response to an irritant inside its shell, the mollusk creates a pearl to seal off the irritation. Pearls come in eight basic shapes: round, semi-round, button, drop, pear, oval, baroque, and circled.
Pearls were before used only for fashion. Now you can find them also crushed and used in cosmetics, medicines, or in paint formulations. Pearls with the smoothest surfaces are the highest-quality, most sought-after pearls.
About buying Pearls as part of Jewelry, you need to know the following. Almost all pearls used for jewelry are cultured by planting a core or nucleus into pearl oysters. Abalone from along the Pacific Coast, primarily California, produces both blister and free pearls. And their shells are used for inlay in jewelry and other items.
Try to find a company or design that offers this same finer-quality of any Japanese cultured Pearls at a fraction of traditional-store prices. It is not easy but for sure it is possible.
Pearls are a great present for many people out there. You will never look out of fashion with a nice Pearl Jewelry necklace. And for sure always buying some high-quality pearls is a wise investment.
And finally, pearls are perfect for gifts and for that special and romantic occasion.
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