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Pearl Information

Choosing The Right Pearl

 

 

At Isabelle’s Fine Jewelry, we provide an impressive range of Freshwater, Tahitian and South Sea cultured pearls. In addition to this collection, we also provide two collections of Akoya cultured pearls. Isabelle’s Fine Jewelry is known for providing pearl jewelry in a range of several styles such as studs, fashion earrings, pendants, necklaces, strands as well as bracelets. You will surely be impressed by our pearls available in varying price ranges so as to find the perfect pearl according to your budget and style.


What Is A Cultured Pearl?

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Most pearls sold these days are cultured as natural pearls are rare to find. Due to near extinction of certain species, nearly all pearls are cultured. To create a cultured pearl, a tiny bead is implanted into the oyster and over time, oyster coats the bead in several layers of natural minerals and proteins. These layers are called as nacre. This nacre gives pearls beautiful luster as well as color.


Quality

 

Though there is no standardized grading for pearls, but Isabelle’s Fine Jewelry makes sure that every pearl we sell meets high quality standard. Here, you will find all details related to every pearl type we provide and urge you to get more knowledge about the varying qualities in each one.


Color

 

 

When deciding on the color of pearls, the primary concern is to look best on you. The general color of a pearl is called as body color while typical pearl colors include white, cream, silver, yellow, pink and black. Pearls can also have a hint of secondary color or overtone as well. This can be seen when light reflects off the pearl surface. Like, pearl strand may appear white but when examined more closely, a pink overtone may become apparent.


Shape

 

 

Isabelle’s Fine Jewelry takes pride in providing the highest quality and rarest pearl shape, which is round. Shapes that are not spherical or even symmetrical are considered as of lower quality. While Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea pearls have a tendency to be the roundest, Freshwater pearls are generally oval or slightly off-round shape.


Luster


Pearls are known for creating an exceptional, deep shine known as luster. When light reflects off many layers of tiny calcium carbonate crystals that compose the pearl, this effect is made and this substance is called as nacre. The larger the pearl, the more nacre it has and thus, it will exhibit more luster. For example, when you compare a 5mm Freshwater cultured pearl with a 10mm South Sea cultured pearl, the difference in the presence of nacre is self-evident. Similarly, the difference in luster is as clearly visible as the difference in the sizes of pearls.


Surface Markings


Like a mollusk creates a pearl, the layers of nacre do not always adhere smoothly. Spots and bubbles may appear in the layering process. Isabelle’s Fine Jewelry provides a range of prices and offer pearls in a variety of surface qualities, providing you ample choices. Pearls with the smoothest surfaces are of highest quality and thus, are most sought-after pearls.


Size


Pearl Sizes in mm

 

The size of a pearl depends largely on the type of pearl. While freshwater pearls range in size from about 3.0-7.0mm, the Akoya pearls ranges from about 6.0-8.5mm. South Sea and Tahitian pearls can be as large as 13mm.


Care


When properly cared, pearls can last a lifetime and are ideal to hand down to another generation. An optimum way to care for pearls is to wear them often as the body’s natural oils keep them lustrous. At the same time, it is vital to keep them away from household chemicals such as perfume, makeup as well as hairspray. The chemicals which are found in these common products can dull the luster of your pearls. So, pearls should be the last item to put on when getting dressed and the first thing to come off when you arrive back home. It is also recommended that before putting them away, wipe them with a soft cloth and store them separately from other jewelry to avoid scratching their soft and tender surfaces.