Monday, December 28, 2009

Pearl Necklace Lengths

Pearl necklaces are well-liked in a number of lengths, the names of which are put out below. Be aware that different countries will change the terms and lengths quite:

Choker Pearl Necklace14-1635-40
Standard Pearl Necklace 1640
Princess Pearl Necklace16-2040-50
Matinee Pearl Necklace 20-2650-66
Opera Pearl Necklace 28-3670-90
Long Opera Pearl Necklace 3690
Rope Pearl Necklace 40100

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Difference Between Natural Pearl & Cultured Pearl

The difference between a natural pearl and a cultured pearl used in pearl jewelry may come as a surprise to many. For an oyster/mollusk to make a pearl, an irritant must turn into lodged inside. The oyster then has a protection mechanism next to this “intruder” where it produces a substance called nacre. This nacre covers the irritant and, over time, the layers of the nacre make a pearl.

In a cultured pearl, the irritant is not obtained by some natural means. It is positioned in the oyster by man. Other than that, all is the same. The pearl still grows in the oyster the accurate same way, and a pearl is formed that is just a beautiful as some round natural pearl. The only differentiation is a serving hand lent by humans.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Kinds of Pearls

1. A culture pearl is shaped by an oyster, collected of concentric layers of a crystalline substance called nacre deposited about an irritant on purpose placed in the oyster’s body.

2. Natural pearls are formed by deposits of nacre about an irritant which by chance lodges in the body of an oyster.

3. An imitation is anything else which resembles a pearl but has a surface shaped by a manufacturing process- this is an imitation or replicated pearl and must be labeled as such.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pearls and Medicine

Several Ways Pearls Have Been Used As Medicine

As of ancient China and India to medieval Europe and Arabia - and in approximately all culture in between - pearls have been used for medicinal purposes, ranging from aphrodisiacs to cures for lunacy. Pearls could just be worn as jewelry for their healing powers, or they could be ground up and made into potions, balms, and salves used to treat a wide diversity of ailments and conditions. One myth said that a pearl located in the navel could cure stomach disorders!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ideal Cut Diamond variations AGS Ideal 0 vs. GIA Excellent vs. Hearts & Arrows

In spite of all of the variety of monikers used to describe the ideal cut diamonds that we sell such as GIA Excellent, AGS Ideal 0, and Hearts & Arrows, the visual performance is mainly dictated by the proportions and the precision of craftsmanship that we insist upon and not the lab which graded the diamond nor the absence or presence of a model of hearts and arrows.

A few years before an independent gemological laboratory determined that the average light return of a round brilliant cut diamond with AGS-4 Good proportions was almost 70% while the average light return for diamond with an overall cut rating of AGS Ideal 0 was in the range of 96 – 98% depending on the accuracy of facet alignment and the mixture of crown and pavilion angle.

Most people are able to separate ideal cut diamonds from non-ideal cut counterparts from a perspective of illustration performance because the ideal cut diamonds just sparkle more. Most people however would be considerably challenged to differentiate between zero ideal cut diamonds of similar carat weight, color and clarity in spite of whether those diamonds were graded as GIA Excellent or AGS Ideal 0 and whether they exhibited a model of Hearts & Arrows or not.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

How to Care for Your Pearls

Like any precious heirloom, your new pearl jewelry will need some care to protect its natural beauty. Rarely clean the pearls gently with a soft lint free cloth dipped in mild soapy water such as that created by mixing a single drop of usual Ivory brand dish soap into a sink full of luke warm water. Then wash the cloth in fresh clean warm water and wipe the pearls clean with a soft motion. Place the pearls on a soft dry cloth and permit them to dry before wearing. It is important to note that not to tug or pull on the strand while it is wet because this can result in breakage of the silk thread and/or stretching which may need that the strand be restrung.

The following ideas will help you to keep your pearls looking their best:

* Remain until after applying make-up, perfume and hairspray to put on your jewelry. Some chemicals may damage jewelry.
* Don't permit pearls to rub against your other jewelry because pearls are a softer gem that can be damaged by other harder gems.
* Softly wipe your pearls clean with a lint free cloth before putting your pearls away after wear.
* Store your pearl jewelry away wrapped up in a clean, soft cloth or the box that it came in so that it is protected from rough objects.
* From time to time, it will be essential to have your pearl necklace re-strung by a professional. Check with a jewelry professional yearly to determine the current condition of your strand.