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  • March 29, 2019

Your Guide to Pearl Jewelry

Elegant and timeless, pearls are a natural wonder prized for a unique luster and brilliance. Symbolic of purity and wisdom (and one of the birthstones for June), pearls make a beautiful choice for special occasions.

From birthdays and anniversaries to your wedding day, pearl necklaces, bracelets, and earrings remain a classic jewelry style that add a simple elegance to every outfit.

Types of pearls
Natural pearls are extremely rare and prized, with shades ranging from white or cream to silver and pink. Cultured pearls are far more common, with colors ranging from pale cream and white to rose, lilac, gold, and black.

Cultured pearls
Akoya pearls are saltwater cultured pearls produced in Japan, commonly used in classic strand necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Smooth, round, and more lustrous than freshwater pearls, Akoya pearls make a stunning and timeless addition to your jewelry collection.

South Sea cultured pearls are typically larger than Akoya pearls, and are hand-selected from the waters around Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Tahitian pearls range from naturally white to charcoal and dramatic black, cultivated from the tropical islands of French Polynesia. Freshwater pearls are cultured in freshwater lakes and ponds, and tend to be smaller and less symmetrical than the perfectly round Akoya pearls.

How to evaluate pearls
Generally, the most luster a pearl has, the more beautiful and valuable the pearl is. Unblemished, perfectly round pearls are highly prized, and larger pearls are more expensive than smaller pearls.

How to care for pearl jewelry
Preserve and enjoy your pearl jewelry for years to come with our care suggestions. Pearls are porous and can easily absorb skin oils, perfume, and other chemicals. To protect the radiance of your pearl jewelry, avoid contact with makeup, lotions, hair products, perfume, water, and any harsh chemicals. Apply makeup or perfume first, and put on your pearls as a final touch. As we like to say, “Pearls are the last thing on and the first thing off!”

After wearing your pearls, wipe the jewelry with a soft cloth and store in a cloth-lined box or pouch, separate from other jewelry to protect your pearls from scratches and tangles.

If the beauty and luster of your pearls seems to be dimming, professional cleaning can restore the radiance of your jewelry. We offer complimentary same-day, on-site cleaning and carefully check your pearl jewelry for any signs of worn prongs or clasps.

Why and when to restring pearl jewelry
Pearl strings are made from silk, and those silk threads can easily absorb skin oils and moisture. If you notice that your pearl string is discolored, frayed, or stretched out with gaps between the pearls, it’s time to have your pearls professionally restrung to ensure the strength and integrity of the design.

Other visible signs of wear include discolored pearls, chipped or scratched pearls, and worn or broken clasps. A simple restringing is the ideal opportunity to replace damaged pearls, update your clasp, and keep your pearls looking their best!

Ready to find the perfect gift or add a classic pearl style to your collection? Visit our showroom to discover a variety of pearl pendants, full strands and earrings.