Ask any jewelry lover to name the most prominent gems and stones found in jewelry, and the pearl will most likely make their list. Pearl jewelry is not only stylish and elegant, but highly coveted and popular.
A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, the pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls (baroque pearls) occur.
In jewelry, the value of the pearl is determined by the combination of the luster, color, size, lack of surface flaw and symmetry that are appropriate for the type of pearl under consideration. Among these elements. luster (shine) is the most important differentiator of pearl quality, according to jewelers.
Pearl Fun Fact: The larger the pearl, the more value the pearl holds. Large, perfectly round pearls are rare and highly valued. Teardrop shaped pearls are often used in pendants and earrings.
Pearls can be worn at any time of the year, and both in the daytime and nighttime hours. Various pieces of pearl jewelry, and various colors of pearls, accent numerous types of clothing and shoe ensembles.
Step out in elegant pearl splendor in these knock-out, sensual, pearl laced high heels!
These bedazzled, pearl enhanced pumps give new meaning to the term stepping stones!
Pearl Fun Fact: Pearls, when used as gemstones, are not cut or polished. Pearls having iridescent color are the best pearls to use when making jewelry and buttons.
Clams shells and oysters are the wrappings of these exquisite pearls!
The most popular and valued pearl for jewelry is the white pearl. White pearls often have a tint of ivory or pink to them. The black pearl is one of the rarest and the most expensive pearls. Black pearls are generally formed in the Middle East and specifically in the Arab gulf.
Pearl Fun Fact: The shine and glare of pearls depends on the reflection and the refraction of light coming from the semi-transparent layers. The less dense the layers, the more shiny the pearl gets. The sparkle coming from some pearls is caused by the overlapping of the sequential layers that break the light on its surface.
No matter the color or the size of the pearl, girls look pretty in pearls!
There is a special vocabulary used among jewelers to describe the length of pearl necklaces. While most necklaces are simply referred to by their physical measurement, pearl necklaces are named by how low they hang when worn around the neck.
Names/Types of Pearl Necklaces:
- The Collar: 10 to 13 inches and sits on the throat (usually strands).
- The Choker: 14 to 16 inches and nestles at the base of the neck.
- Princess Length: 17 to 19 inches and hangs just below the collar bone.
- Matinee Length: 20 to 24 inches and falls just above the breasts.
- Opera Length: 28 to 35 inches and falls to the breastbone.
- Pearl Rope: Measures more than 45 inches and falls any length longer than the opera.
Whether wild or cultured, gem quality pearls are almost always nacreous and iridescent, as the interior of the shell produces them.
Pearl Fun Fact: Freshwater and saltwater pearls may look similar, but they come from different sources. Freshwater pearls form in various species of freshwater mussels, which live in lakes, rivers, ponds and other bodies of fresh water. Saltwater pearls grow within pearl oysters, which live in the ocean.
Whether you go out on the town draped in pearls grown in fresh water or salt water, one thing is certain, you will shimmer and shine in identical glamour girl fashion!
The month of June counts three gems as birthstones: pearl, Alexandrite and moonstone!
Pearl Fun Fact: Because pearls are made primarily of calcium carbonate, pearls can be dissolved in vinegar! Don’t try to dye your pearls at Easter egg dying time!
Whether you are draped in pearl splendor of white, black, pink, blue, champagne, brown or green, when decorated in the chic, expensive, stylish pearl, you will be not only seen, but you will be dressed and fit for a queen!
Pearls have been harvested and cultivated primarily for use in jewelry, but pearls are also stitched into lavish clothing. Pearls have also been crushed and used in cosmetics, medicines and in paint formulas.
The Pearl: Lavish, luscious, lustrous and lovely!
Be the beautiful girl strutting down the street in a bountiful set of pearls!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846