Non-traditional Engagement Rings: What the Pearl Symbolizes

In my non-traditional engagement rings series thus far, we’ve covered those gems thought to be “precious” – meaning the diamond (introduced and detailed in the ruby post), ruby, sapphire, and emerald. However, many other “semi-precious” stones were long revered as extremely valuable throughout the years, and one such candidate for an ultra-chic and timeless engagement ring is the pearl. I…

What do you know about pearls?

A pearl is formed when a foreign object gets into the mantle of a mollusk. This irritation becomes covered with successive layers of nacre, which is the mother of pearl, and eventually forms a pearl. Cultured pearls are probably easier to match, but natural pearls are more valuable. For the cultured variety, pearl farmers keep…

Pearl Value Factors: Judging and Evaluating Pearls – part 2

Luster Because pearls are known for their inner glow, a trait that sets them apart from other gems, this value factor trumps all others. According to GIA, “Luster is the most important of all the value factors to the beauty of a pearl.” Dependent on many factors, among them nacre thickness and growth conditions, luster…

The Origin Of Cultured Pearls

For more than 4000 years pearls have been collected, sought, bought and prized as the world’s only organically produced gemstone. Long before man learned how to facet diamonds or cut emeralds, pearls were regarded as the epitome of luxury jewelry, and were only afforded to the most wealthy and influential. For thousands of years people…

Bridal Jewelry: Fulfilling a Wedding Tradition

‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.’ This is a saying that many brides take to heart when considering their wedding trousseau. From wedding gowns, accessories and motifs, brides from all walks of life throughout the years have tried their best to stick to this formula. It’s interesting to note that bridal jewelry can…