Pearls Guide

The guaranteed insider's view for picking terrific pearl jewelry

 
Alexander the Great introduced pearls to the West after his expedition to the Persian Empire's borders. He then conveyed wonderful legends about the origins and magical properties of pearls.
 
Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Queen Elizabeth love them. No wonder! Pearls are yesterday, today, and tomorrow's classics. These undersea treasures have always captivated and conquered the hearts of all with their purity and perfection.
 
Both delicate and perfect, pearls are gifts of nature desired for a long time because of their air of mystery and perfection. In this article, you will learn everything about these bright and wonderful symbols of femininity and elegance. Let's talk about the varieties, types, and colors of pearls.
 
Pearls classification

What are pearls, and how are they made?


Mother-of-pearl is born from a defensive reaction of the shell against a foreign body's intrusion, usually a grain of sand. To protect themselves, oysters release layers upon layers of mother-of-pearl until pearls as we know them are formed.
 
These layers play with light iridescence, that is, the ability of pearls to change color depending on the angle we look. To qualify a pearl, we observe its luster, brilliance, and color.
 
Pearls are classified as round, oval, drop, button, ringed, and baroque. Their quality depends on their surface condition—with more or fewer imperfections— and luster. The smoother the surface, the better the quality of the pearl.
Natural pearl

Natural vs. Cultured pearls: is there a difference?


A Natural Pearl is the one that a fisher would seek in the open sea. It has grown accidentally in an oyster or wild mussel without human intervention. It is made of concentric layers of mother-of-pearl cemented together by an organic bond.
 
A natural pearl is the result of layer by layer of mother-of-pearl on a core. This process is lengthy and can take years for a natural pearl to reach a large size.
Cultured Pearls
 


By definition, Cultured Pearls are produced by men and raised in pearl farms. The cultured pearl thus results from the same formation phenomenon as natural pearls. But with cultured pearls, the pearl originates from an insertion that induces oysters to produce pearls in a controlled environment.
 
The vast majority of pearls found today are cultured pearls. How pearls are obtained does not undermine the preciousness of the pearl or its rarity.
 
Freshwater Pearl

Freshwater Pearls


Almost unlimited in shape and size, freshwater pearls grow in rivers and ponds. Their size varies on average from 2 to 13 mm. They can be opaque, milky, or shiny and often come in round and pear shapes.
 
Saltwater pearls take longer to grow (one pearl at a time). The thicker layers around them usually make saltwater pearls luster more intensely than freshwater ones. Below we will see saltwater pearl varieties.



 
Akoya Pearls


Akoya Pearls


When it comes to white pearls, Akoya is the most known variety. These are born in the cold Sea of Japan in the Akoya mollusk and range from 2 to 9 mm. Without treatment, they have a yellow, green, or milky appearance. With treatment, you can find white, silver, pink, and champagne Akoya pearls.




 

Tahitian Pearls


The rare Tahitian pearls are found in French Polynesia. Because producing this type of pearls is very rigorous and expensive, they are considered rare and have significant value.
 
A common name for Tahitian pearls is black pearls. Although black is the most common color, customers can also purchase Tahitian pearls in green, yellow, pink, blue, or silver.




 
South Sea Pearls

South Sea Pearls


South Sea Pearls are super trendy. These pearls have consecutive layers of healthy raw material. This thick coat allows the pearl to last for many years without altering its color, luster, and smoothness.
 
South Sea Pearls do not require human intervention to beautify them. They also come in various colors, both in light and dark shades: from silvery white to the purest gold, including shades of pink, milky, champagne, green, and blue. For dark pearls: lead gray, emerald green, forest green, dark blue, silver gray, smoky gray, and a beautiful copper brown.
 
South Sea oysters produce dense and thick pearl layers of excellent quality. These pearls' thickness can easily reach from 15 mm up to 20 mm. Nevertheless, they tend to show a slightly more diffuse luster than Japan's pearls.

 
 
Imperial pearls

Featured designer: Imperial Pearls


Imperial Pearls features magnificent pearl jewelry with iridescent reflections to bring elegance, charm, and light to your eyes, makeup, and outfits!
 
You, too, can explore cutting-edge designs and delight in the most delicate forms of expressing yourself.
 
When you choose to wear Imperial Pearls, the beautiful designs give the impression that you are glowing and showing off your flawless complexion!

Pearl Jewelry in Vidalia, Georgia


Whether you are looking for mother-of-pearl jewelry, black pearl jewelry, or bridal pearl jewelry, Arlene's Fine Jewelry is your destination for good quality pearls that will add light, sophistication, and lustrousness.
 
Arlene's Fine Jewelry is the best pearl shop in Vidalia, Georgia. You will feel at home exploring countless pearl necklaces, rings, and earrings. With Arlene's Fine Jewelry exclusive pearl jewelry designs, you will quickly establish yourself as a symbol of femininity and fashionable taste that will attract eyes everywhere you go!

 
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