Make Sense Of Pearl Jewellery - Find Out About Their Roots

November 14th, 2009 by wys


There are many different colours and types of pearls on the market today that even pearl connoisseurs get a little confused! Those that want to buy pearl earrings just don’t know where to start. That’s why this guide is designed to answer some very popular pearl questions for those who wish to know more.

Tell Me About Tahitian Pearls – Are They All Black?

Not only are Tahitian cultured pearls not exclusively black, they’re also not grown in Tahiti. Tahitian pearls are also bought in colours other than black, such as blue, green and grey. This type of pearl comes from a group of islands known as the French Polynesian range.

Tell Me The Difference In Cultured And Natural Pearl Earrings.

To start with, natural pearls are formed when a foreign object gets into an oyster. To protect itself, the animal coats the irritant in nacre - a combination of organic substances that also makes up what we call mother of pearl. People are often surprised to learn that this process takes a very long time – sometimes years – and that’s why your natural pearl jewellery is so special.

Cultured pearls are formed in the same way as natural pearls, with one big difference: they get their start not by chance, but deliberately, when man intervenes with nature. A technician will place the irritant in the oyster and then place it back into the water. The outcome is some beautiful pearls, which make their way into the shops so you can buy pearl earrings.

Are Saltwater Pearls Better Than Freshwater Pearls?

Although both are beautiful, many people feel that the cultured freshwater pearls are just as good as saltwater pearls, and they are of course more affordable too. Over the years, improved pearl culturing processes have meant that freshwater pearls are now being produced that are large, rounded and stunningly beautiful.

With so many colours to choose from, freshwater cultured pearls are now the best option for people who like to express themselves through colourful jewellery. Universally flattering lavender pearls are very popular right now. If you like white pearls, these are also popular. Black freshwater cultured pearls are treated with dye or heat to produce their inky colour.

Overall, freshwater pearls are more plentiful than other pearl types, thus they are generally more affordable. If you like this type of jewellery, why not treat yourself to some pearl earrings?

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