Pearls are a timeless and elegant gemstone that have been prized for centuries. From classic white pearls to exotic black pearls, there are many types and colors to choose from. Discover the history and symbolism of pearls, from their use in ancient times to their popularity in modern jewelry. To keep your pearls looking their best, it's important to care for them properly. Learn how to clean and store your pearls, and get tips on how to maintain their luster and shine. With proper care, your pearl jewelry can last for generations to come. From simple pearl necklaces to statement earrings and bracelets, pearls make a beautiful and versatile addition to any jewelry collection. Browse our selection of pearl jewelry for inspiration and gift ideas.
As a general rule, the larger the shape the greater the value. Pearls are measured in millimeters, ranging in size from 2mm seed pearls to 20mm South Sea pearls. Though extremely rare, the irregularly shaped baroque pearl has been known to reach sizes of more than 40mm in size. Even so, it is important to remember that a pearl’s size is not an indicator of its quality, but rather a factor in determining its price.
Pearls can be as varied in shape as the women they adore. Pearls range from perfectly spherical to a teardrop and even a modern button shape. Some more specific shapes include the baroque – flamboyant and irregular – and the circle pearl with rings like the planet Saturn around its center.
Pearls are highly prized for the subtle richness of their natural colors. Every pearl reflects color in a different way: boldly on the surface or hinting at shades from within the layers of their nacre. Colors may range from luminous white to exotic blacks, peacock blues to grays, silver cream to champagne-rose, pinks, mauves and even rich gold colors.
As pearls come from a living mollusk, even the most beautiful and valuable pearls may have slight imperfections. These may appear in the form of small blemishes, but make each pearl a unique creation.
Pearls are made up of many fine layers of nacre. The quality and thickness of this nacre gives the pearl both its radiance and deep glow. Because pearls have layers of lustrous nacre built up over time, a flawless surface is extremely rare and prized.
Finding and understanding your pearls; Pearls are judged on 6 qualities or virtues: luster, nacre, color, surface, shape and size and standard grading for A to AAAA is the highest.
Caring For Your Pearls
Taking proper care of your precious pearls is essential to preserve their delicate beauty. Follow these guidelines to ensure that they remain in optimal condition:
Store your fine pearls separately from other jewelry, as they can be easily scratched by metal or gemstones. Use a soft chamois bag or another non-abrasive material for storage.
Apply makeup and perfume before putting on your pearls to prevent buildup and keep them clean.
After wearing your pearls, gently wipe them with a soft, lint-free cloth. You can use a dampened cloth for extra cleaning, but make sure to let the pearls dry completely before storing them.
If your pearls are physically dirty, you can clean them with a mild soap and water solution, such as diluted clothing detergent. Avoid using solutions that contain ammonia or harsh chemicals.
Never use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean pearl jewelry.
Consider having your pearls re-strung periodically to ensure that the silk or nylon holding them is in good condition. For more information on re-stringing, please visit our Services page.