Tips To Obtain And Value The Best Pearl Around

November 28th, 2009 by wys


In the wonderful world of gems, many people love to put on something beautiful to show off their outfit. black pearl jewelry seems to fit the bill whatever the outfit looks like. A black pearl necklace makes the perfect gift for that extra special person and will be treasured for many years to come.

These gems were found even in biblical times and as such, they have even been used in a speech that was quoted in the bible. Down through the ages, men have fought wars over them and they still attract plenty of fans even up to today. Take a look at all the paintings of past Kings and Queens and see the kind of jewels that adorned the magnificent clothes that they wore. Long strings of these gems showing off graceful clothes, feature prominently in all of them.

The Spanish ships that traversed the oceans some centuries ago were often hunted for their precious cargos. Pirates were looking for the heavy chests containing all kinds of precious stones and bullion (gold) to plunder and hide on desert islands. Very often, the ships were sunk and the treasure went down with the ship.

These days, treasure hunters still look in all of the oceans to try to find all of this treasure trove. Today, some of the larger, more perfect gems would be worth millions of dollars each and this is what keeps people searching for years on end.

But how are these wonderful gems made? Unlike the diamonds, rubies and emeralds which are made from compressed carbon, these gems are made by oysters or mollusks. Oysters get a little irritant, like a grain of sand, stuck in their fleshy innards and the natural activity of the body is to cover the grain over a number of years. Over the years more layers are added until the gem comes into being.

Of course, none of us could wait for such a hit and miss action because it would take much too long. However, man, realizing the beauty and worth of the gems decided to try and create the gem with a better success rate. By placing a small bead or irritant within an oyster or mollusk, the same kind of action could be copied but synthetically. After several years of taking care of the oyster, the irritant starts to get covered by a substance and this then can be used commercially. These ‘cultured’ gems are far more reasonably priced than the natural ones which takes them into the realm of the common man.

They also come in several colors of which the most famous is the lustrous white that everyone knows and loves. However, by carefully selecting the correct mollusk, different colors can be produced which range from the lightest white down to black. Black gems look absolutely beautiful and these are more sought after than the regular gems.

A word of caution when buying gems of any kind. Take care that the gem is real and not just a glass bead painted with the appropriate color.

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