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Buying Pearl Jewelry

By Edited Jan 26, 2014 0 0

Pearls are a traditional staple in every woman's closet. With new designs and modern updates to pearl production, pearl jewelry is making a big comeback in fashion. Today, you can find simple creamy-white pearls, gorgeous muted colored pearls, gold and silver pearls and even black pearls. A pearl bracelet can make a wonderful gift perfect for women of any age and for any event. You will see pearl jewelry gift options suitable for any taste or individual style.

All pearls including the Tahitian pearl are graded based on the quality of the surface of the pearl. The most obvious variation with Tahitian pearls is their darker color which leads to them being referred to as Tahitian black pearls. Pearls can have thick nacres (nacre is also known as mother of pearl) however, if the surface is flawed, their price decreases. Flaws consist of bumps, spots, discolored areas, scrapes along with other irregularities. The more flaws a pearl has the less valuable it will become. To establish the quality of Tahitian pearls, jewelers use a grading system, composed of A, B, C and D, with A grade pearls being the best quality. A-grade pearls have the cleanest, nearly flawless surface, free of blotches, discoloration or lumps. The A graders of these pearls have an exceptionally high shine and refractive surface. Other pearls, such as Akoya pearls, are graded on an A-AAA scale with AAA being the highest quality.

On the subject of purchasing pearls, every one is trying to find top quality although quality in general has a price. Confusingly, some of the various pearl varieties such as Akoya or Mikimoto pearls, South Sea pearls, Tahitian pearls and freshwater pearls tend to be scored differently when it comes to quality types and have different quality grades. Once the pearls are fully grown they are removed from their host mollusks, they are then hand-sorted depending on size, shape and the surface quality. In general the bigger the pearl, the higher is the price. Shape is additionally of the utmost significance, as spherical pearls receive a better selling price than unusual shapes. Similarly, the surface area of each pearl is checked for any tiny lumps or bumps. Only a perfect, beautifully hued and completely spherical pearl with no irregularities will attain the top quality rating. The people grading the pearls must also look at the irridescent quality as well as the luster, or reflective shine, of the pearl. Pearls displaying the highest luster are typically the most valuable. The luster is by far the most significant factor with pearls, as no woman wants to wear flat pearls. Whether they are Akoya or Mikimoto pearls , Tahitian or South Sea pearls, luster is king here.

The floating pearl necklace as you may guess from its name creates an illusion of pearls suspended around your throat although in reality the pearls are held by just about invisible clear synthetic thread. Any style, shade or design of pearl necklace could be made as a floating pearl necklace as it is just the variety of cord used for stringing which helps make it distinctive. Pearl weaving is carried out both with thread or with jewelry wire. There are various ways of weaving that each produce a wholly different style for the item of jewelry produced. With the designer's imagination and creativeness floating pearls might be put to use in a huge number of fashionable styles. The original floating pearl necklaces used the method of knotting, in which a knot was made after each pearl on the string with the advantage that, should the thread break, only one pearl should be lost. Floating pearl necklaces certainly add style and flair to any jewelry collection threaded upon nearly invisible fine strands.



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