Time To Understand Pearls And Their History

January 20th, 2010 by wys


If you’re thinking of buying some beautiful pearl jewellery, whether it’s a pearl necklace or you want to buy pearl earrings, chances are you’ll find it hard to know where to begin due to the vast pearl ranges out there. For those interested in buying pearls, or for gem enthusiasts who wish to learn more, here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about pearls.

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. Called “black” because of their exotic dark colours, Tahitian cultured pearls can also be grey, blue, green and brown. These cultured pearls are grown in a region called French Polynesia.

What’s The Difference Between Cultured Pearl Earrings 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. It takes time for the nacre layers to build up, but when the newly-formed pearl is retrieved, it proves that it is worth the wait.

When it comes to cultured pearls, they are formed in the same way, but with man’s input rather than nature’s. It is someone skilled who will go in and place something in the oyster so make sure the pearl formation happens. Once this is completed, pearls will then get made into jewellery and people like you and I can buy pearl earrings.

Should I Buy Saltwater Or Freshwater Pearls?

Many people would say that the quality of cultured freshwater pearls are better value than the saltwater versions. 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. Lavender is an on-trend colour option for pearl fans at the moment. For others, it is the appeal of white pearls which makes them purchase. 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. So, for all the pearl fans out there, there has never been a better time to buy pearl earrings.

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  1. Comment by Rano

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