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…

Pearl Value Factors: Judging and Evaluating Pearls – part 1

Thanks to aggressive publicity campaigns sponsored by the diamond industry, anyone buying a diamond can confidently go into the transaction armed with enough information to ask the right questions. In the pre-purchase stage, you’ll likely query the seller about the five C’s: carat, cut, clarity, color and cost. As long as you trust the jeweler,…

The Meaning of Pearls

Just like all the other gemstones, pearls carry a meaning. Historically, the glowing white orbs have been associated with the moon. With the high luster and deep color of pearls, it is no wonder why these natural gemstones have been held in such high regard for thousands of years. Eastern cultures believe that pearls symbolize…

Unconventional Pearl Jewelry: The New Fashion Trend

When most of us think about pearl jewelry, what comes to mind is a pearl necklace or pearl earrings. Pearl jewelry has come to be associated with elegant simplicity. Increasingly, however, fashionistas are trending toward more unconventional pearl jewelry.   Pearl Colors Pearls are always white, right? Wrong. Tahitian pearls are black, and freshwater pearls…

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