They say diamonds are a girls best friend, but for me I prefer pearls. Freshwater pearls, salt water pearls and even glass pearls. Each and every one has their own unique qualities and each one makes for a stunning piece of jewelry that your bound to love for years to come.
How Cultured pearls are made :
Most pearls are created, and not naturally formed. Created pearls are called Cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are grown in special "pearl farms" The mussels, once old enough go under a surgical procedure to implant the mother-of-pearl bead nucleus. The grafting process consists of cutting a strip of tissue from the mantle. This strip of tissue is then cut into three-millimeter squares. Then these squares are delivered to a technician who performs the operation. After the implantation, the mussels are returned to the water to be cared for while the pearls form.
- What are freshwater pearls ?
Freshwater pearls are pearls that are farmed and created from freshwater mussels, they are grown in freshwaters such as rivers, lakes and ponds. Freshwater pearls are the product of a process in which a single resilient mussel can be harvested many times, yielding several pearls at a time. These pearls are produced in China and the United States, however those from the United states are only produced on a very limited scale, most are exclusively produced in China.
What are saltwater pearls ?
Saltwater pearls are pearls that are created in of course; saltwater, by oysters. Saltwater pearls include akoya, Tahitian and South Sea. They are grown in bays, inlets and atolls in many places around the world, such as Thailand, Australia, Indonesia and Tahiti, among others.
Akoya pearls :
Akoya pearls are known as the classic pearl. They are farmed mostly along the cost of China they generally have an extremely high luster and are nearly perfectly round.
Tahitian pearls :
Tahitian pearls grown in French Polynesia are the only naturally dark pearls. Many times Tahitian pearls are called black, however Tahitian pearls come in a rainbow of exotic colors, such as silver, golden green, and gray-black.
How to care for your pearls & pearl jewelry :
- Only use jewelry cleaners that are labeled as safe for pearls. Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity.
- Always store your Pearls wrapped in a soft cloth or pouch and protected from all abrasive objects.
- To preserve your pearls' radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume.
-Ultrasonic cleanser should never be used with pearl jewelry as it can damage the pearls.
- After each use of wearing your pearls, it is a good ideal to wipe them off with a clean soft cloth. This prevents build up of dirt.
- You can use a small drop of olive oil on a cloth to wipe your pearls down, to help maintain your pearls luster.
- Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution
- Don't submerge pearls in liquid. If cleaning, use a damp lint free cloth with the cleaning solution.
- Do not hang pearls to dry, lay them flat.
- If in doubt, or would just like your pearls cleaned well I recommend taking to a trusted jewelry for a professional cleaning.