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Tips for Choosing Pearls

by JewelStruck on May.02, 2012, under Business Tips

Pearl jewelry always makes a lovely gift. Jewlers who have a degree in design love to use pearls for their simple and elegant beauty. Not only are pearls great for jewelry but they also are well worth the investment. The price for high-quality pearls can increase over time. However it’s important to understand the characteristics of quality pearls before making such an investment.

There are six factors in choosing quality pearls: nacre thickness, size, shape, color and surface texture. The nacre layer is made of fine crystalline that the oyster deposits and reflects light and gives a pearl its unique beauty. High quality pearls have an even and brilliant reflection that also has a warm glow due to a thick nacre layer. A thick nacre layer also makes the pearl larger. Low quality pearls are smaller and only have a dull sheen.

The main reflection on a pearl surface is also the source of its color. Light colored pearls consist of shades of gold, white, and cream. Light colored pearls of the best value are white with pink or silver undertones. Black pearls with green or blue overtones are the best value of dark-toned pearls.

Pearl shapes can vary greatly and an irregular shape is not necessarily a sign of a low-quality pearl. Pearls of uniform shape allow jewelry designers more room to be creative, but an irregular shaped pearl is more unique and can give the pearl a higher value. Consider the purpose your pearls will serve when you choose to buy.

Pearls from different areas can also have unique characteristics. For example, pearls from the South Sea have a high reputation and are very valuable. Have high luminosity and quality. South Sea pearls are 11 mm to 15 mm in diameter and are popular for jewelry.

A high-quality pearl is the Akoya, which are saltwater pearls from the Akoya oyster. These pearls are round and have colors ranging from light pink, to white, or beige. These pearls tend to be smaller in size and those larger than 10 mm are very rare.

In addition to saltwater pearls, freshwater pearls can vary more greatly in form and color. In some cases freshwater pearls can be more valuable because of their variety of color.

It’s also important to ensure that the pearls to plan on purchasing are the genuine, as there are many different types of artificial pearls. Real pearls can differ somewhat in shape, color and size, but fake pearls will be very uniform in quality. You can also bite a pearl; a real pearl will feel sandy and will not scratch easily. Imitation pearls are smooth and can peel. Imitation pearls are also highly flammable while real pearls are not able to burn.

If you’re interested in learning more about oysters and other types of biological life, consider an online biology degree.


How To Choose the Best Pearl Jewelry

Tips for Choosing the Best Pearl

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Jewelry Showcase: Handcrafted Dark Gray Pearl Necklace by Francine Ruth

by JewelStruck on Mar.28, 2012, under Jewelry Showcase

In showcase today is this very beautiful sterling silver, freshwater pearl Necklace by Francine. It has two freshwater pearl cabochons intertwined with three fine silver balls. It hangs 2 1/4 inch from a 16 inch satin necklace which closes with a sterling silver lobster claw clasp. This pendant would also look great on a heavy omega chain or even a leather necklace.

Perl dark gray Pendant by Francine Ruth

Pearl dark gray Necklace by Francine Ruth

Francine loves to create jewelry and believes that jewelry should never take a one size fits all approach. That is why you will see so many different styles in her collection. You can checkout more of her collection on her website, etsy store, blog and facebook page.

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Abalone and pearl necklace

by Maura Nicholson on Jul.19, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry

Blue abalone shell, wow this pieces is just stunning! the blue is, well so blue with shades of pink and purple. Then you have the darker blue lines and puddles which remind me of the sand at low tide. I thought little white  freshwater pearls would be perfect with this glorious piece of ‘shell artwork’ all mixed up with some shiny silver!

Abalone and pearl necklace

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Lots of lovely gold & silver rings with onyx, pearls, amethyst etc.

by Maura Nicholson on Jul.12, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry
silver dingly dangly rings

Lots of lovely gold & silver rings with onyx, pearls, amethyst etc.

These rings are made from silver wire, from top to bottom:

  • black onyx stone and silver beads, grey stick pearls and silver beads;
  • multi semi-precious and precious beads and gold filled beads,
  • blue glass beads and gold filled beads;
  • shell,amethyst and gold filled beads,mother of pearl and gold filled beads;
  • multi semi precious and precious beads and gold filled beads, hematite and silver beads.
Lots of lovely gold & silver rings with onyx, pearls, amethyst etc.
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Kyanite Necklace

by Maura Nicholson on Jul.01, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry

kyanite necklace

I bought this kyanite ‘slice’ because it looks so beautiful, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with it! I decided to set it in silver but it was a truly awkward shape so i added some keshi pearls to the setting. It looked pretty good so I then had to decide what next to do. I thought a double strand of silver chain,keshi pearl,apatite and faceted black onyx would look good but it needed something else?  12 strands of silver chain,apatite,keshi pearl,faceted black onyx and really gorgeous black opals, all handing from the pendant of the necklace, did I mention that it became a necklace?

To view more of my creations, do check out my website.

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