The Life Of Pearls
- Akoya: Salt water pearls grown off the coast of Japan which have a warm colour but rarely reach more than 9mm in size.
- South Sea: Can grow from 8mm and larger. They are found in a variety of colours such as white, silver, gold and rose.
- Tahitian: Typically grow from 8mm to 14mm in size. They are famous for their grey and black hues. They also come in red, blue and green.
- Freshwater: These are grown i mussels rather than pearls and are found in freshwater lakes. They are not perfectly round but are slightly elongated.
- Mabe: These are less expensive as they are grown against the inside of the oyster shell rather than inside the body. They are generally half round and are used in rings, brooches and earrings.
Choosing The Perfect Pearl
Similar to the 4C’s of diamonds, pearls have their own standards of quality.
Lustre and Orient:
Size & Shape:
Pearls are precious gems which deserve special care. They are porous and so will absorb products used around them like hairspray, perfumes and make-up, as well as body sweat. Retaining the lustre and value of your pearl jewellery is not a difficult task. It’s simply a matter of knowing what and what not to do.
- Avoid direct contact between Pearls and chemicals such as hand creams, makeup, perfumes and hairsprays. These chemicals will directly affect the Nacre layer of the Pearl.
- Pearls keep their original lustre better if given a soft wipe after wear to prevent deterioration of the surface of the pearl. We suggest using a soft damp cloth.
- Because they can be scratched, it’s a good idea to protect them in a chamois bag or wrapped separately, so your other jewellery doesn’t harm them.
- Some people find that their pearls change colour. This can be due to a variety of factors including the exposure to cleaning agents.
- If you have a string of Pearls it’s wise to often check if the string is loose or wearing thin. Strands can be knotted between each Pearl. This ensures that they don’t all run loose if the silk strand breaks. Re-stringing should be carried out on an annual basis.
- Pearls that are in a metal setting should be checked annually to see how the setting is wearing and provide repair advice when required.
Finally, do not forget to enjoy wearing your Pearls as they are timeless, versatile and incredibly beautiful. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call or see our friendly team.