- Choosing the right pearls
Choosing the right pearls
Natural pearls are rare to find in nature and most pearls sold today are cultured. To create a cultured pearl, a tiny bead is implanted into a mussel or oyster and gradually over time the bead is coated in many layers of nacre This nacre gives pearls their beautiful lustre and colour. We offer a variety of Freshwater, Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea cultured pearls. These come in various price ranges reflecting the unique design and the quality, size and lustre of the pearls. You can find the perfect pearl for your style and budget.
Typical pearl colours are white, cream, yellow, pink, silver, or black. A pearl can also have a hint of secondary colour, or overtone, which is seen when light reflects off the pearl surface. For example, a pearl strand may appear white, but when examined more closely, a pink overtone may become apparent.
Pearls produce an intense, deep shine called lustre. When selecting a pearl, consider that the larger the pearl, the more nacre it has, so it will also exhibit even more lustre.
The round shape is the rarest. Shapes that are not spherical or even symmetrical are considered lower quality. Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea pearls found in jewellery have a tendency to be the roundest, while Freshwater pearls can be oval, slightly off-round, and various unique shapes.
As a mollusc creates a pearl, the layers of nacre do not always adhere smoothly. Sometimes spots and bubbles can appear in the layering process.
Pearls with the smoothest surfaces are the highest-quality, most sought-after pearls.
To offer you a range of prices, we offer pearls with a range of sizes, shapes and surface qualities.
CARING FOR YOUR PEARLS
Pearls love to be worn! When cared for properly, pearls can last a lifetime. The best way to care for pearls is to wear them often as the body's natural oils keep pearls lustrous.
However, it's important to keep them away from household chemicals including perfume, makeup and hairspray. Chemicals found in these common products can dull the lustre of your pearls.
It is recommended that you put your pearls on last when getting ready and make them the first thing you take off when you come home.
Before putting your pearls away, wipe them with a soft cloth and store them separate from other jewellery to avoid scratching their tender surfaces.