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Pearls – Natural or Artificial?

Thursday, 02 December 2010

PearlsA pearl is the sacred gem in the East while the western vision of the pearl is in regards to it value of a jewelry. Pearl jewelry items have always been something that evokes admiration and joy, especially when presented by beloved people. When the gift is chosen thoroughly to provide longer excitement with pears it is more appreciated. By the way, there is no single system of pearls certification since only artificial pearls are custom-made.

When you opt for the pearl jewelry three criteria should be considered, namely the quality of the material, price and design of the item, consequently. Though, the design and style of the pearl jewelry is considered far more than others as the priority condition when purchasing jewelry. And the quality is the last provision to think.

How to define the quality of pearls

The real pearl can be purchased at specialized jewelry stores or at the manufacturers of pearls and pearl jewelry. A vendor at the market can hardly show the authentic quality of the material. However, there is an approach to verify the quality. You can scratch the surface of a pearl ball with a knife blade or a pin and you see the trace of the split off nacre on the pearl imitation or a lighter stroke in case of red or black pearl fake, since color gems are used to make them.

There are two kinds of pearls, namely natural and fake, that is a regular plastic, semiprecious stone or any other composition of components usually used in bijouterie manufacture. Natural pearl come as cultivated, from river and sea. Natural pearl that come from free shellfish where the nacre ball form without any human help are rare and extremely expensive, they are not marketed for free sale and they are usually collected.

Today pearl jewelry is made from cultivated sea or river pearls. The opinion is erroneous that tells that cultivated pearl stands for artificial. Sea and river shellfish also bear cultivated pearls though under the through supervision at specially arranged farms.

Once you favor for the sea or river pearl, there are some features to take into consideration.The color gamut of pearls is quite varied. Apart from classic white, black and pink color there are free green, blue and even chocolate shades of pearls. 120 shades are known in total. Known are natural colors and artificial, that is painted, though the quality of pearls is not disturbed but improved. The choice of shade relies on personal preferences. There are some details to follow in regards to tint solution for jewelry. So, white, pink or creamy shades are more preferred for brides. There is also undercover discrimination for summer and winter kinds of pearls with green and blue colors for the warmer season and white and silver for winter time. The variety of color gamut was presented by the reputed pearl jeweler Mikimoto. Winter motifs are clearly seen in collections by Lace and Frost. Rings, pendants and earrings are made from the white noble metal shaped as the laced snowflakes crowned with white large pearls. White diamonds imitate theicy spangles and frozen ice. Summer collections by Olive and Ocean are presented in the shades of young olive and azure drops and clearly repeats the branches with olives with diamond leaves and the ocean wave with the foamy crest.

The intensity of nacre luster is especially significant when choosing the quality pearl. When examining the jewelry in the daylight or at the lighter background which is an absolute provision when buying the pearls, the evenness and depth of the luster can be determined.

The quality of the smooth surface and the thickness of the nacre are easily determined. The more is nacre layer, which is clearly seen at the hole, the harder and more quality is the pearl. When the pearl is twisted at the darker background, some spots are seen which are available though insertions with unusual color are considered as defects.

Shape and size matter for pearls. Larger pearls of right rounded shape are quality and expensive.  However, a pearl of asymmetric shape like baroque pearl looks lavishly when trimmed with precious metals.

The identity of pearls is the essential factor when choosing the jewelry. The beads should be of similar shape, size and color in a necklace. The proportion of pearls in earrings is alsoessential. Even if you chose the unique shape of pearls, the all-purpose matter should be seen to avoid the impression of stones threaded in a random way. Still, it looks ridiculous and it brings no joy.

Price and quality for pearls are integral concepts. Sea pearls are appreciated highly and the difference in price with the river pearl can be huge. Ideal shapes and larger sizes cost higher than asymmetric and small pearls. Natural colors and rarity are also considered.

Pearl jewelers produce items appropriate for any occasion. So, the stylists recommend drop-shaped pearls complemented to the necklace of elegant rope form for the evening out when the length of the string is around 112 cm. A business lady will prefer elegant earrings-screwback, choker or princess necklaces of no longer than 47cm or a small brooch.

The lovers of night club parties will like pearls blended in shape and color, when they are free to wear several necklaces and experiment with various styles.

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