Guidelines To Pick The Correct Pearl For The Finest Gift

November 15th, 2009 by wys


Many people love the thought of buying and using superb pieces made of gold or silver. But pearl jewelry also has been around for many years and has never really gone out of fashion. With the advent of cultured pearls jewelry was being made in a much more affordable form meaning that many more people could now afford to wear them.

These gems that nature itself provides within oysters have been sought after even in the time of Jesus. Mentioned in the bible, they were the gems of choice for royalty and ancient peoples down through the ages.

Once man realized how the gem was made within the oyster, he set about trying to mimic nature, and eventually he succeeded in producing copies. Trying to copy this process was a great idea because only one in approximately ten thousand oysters will contain one of these super gems. Even then, it may be of the right quality or size to be able to be used in commercial ways.

However, by placing an irritant within the oyster or mollusk, cultured varieties will grow after some time. In this way the price of cultured gems came down so far that most people could afford to buy several pieces.

But it is not only the lustrous whitish varieties that people like. These gems come in all colors ranging from pink through to blue and even black. Depending on the area that they were cultured, and what mollusk was used, they can pretty much be made to order to provide just what is fashionable at the time.

That does not mean that trying to grow these cultured gems is a quick affair. From the time the irritant is placed in the oyster, to the time that it is ready for production can often take up to several years. Of course, trying to guess which color is going to popular in five years time is a bit of a bind, but they do not go out of fashion anyway.

In Hawaii and the South Pacific Islands, it is very common for men to adorn themselves with these styles of gems. Although this may be frowned upon in the western world, there men love to wear the gem that shows where they come from. Even children are not left out and they will also be allowed to wear them.

When people are in the market to buy these gems they should be very careful that they are not duped. It is easy for them to mistake the quality of the gem and pay top price for something that is not even classed as a gem. Even coated beads have been sold as gems and nothing could be worse than to find out that one has been cheated.

Even glass beads have been painted to appear to be the real thing. One thing to look for when buying the gem is the shape and size. If there is a flaw, leave it there and try to find a genuine seller for that perfect piece.

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