Gemstones come from inside the earth. But that rule has some exceptions and pearls are one of them (since they are gems of organic origin). From the depths of the sea, comes this precious gift that enhances the elegance and beauty of women. Without a doubt pearls are precious stones loaded with mysticism.
The jewelry market at the international level has faced great demand from users who request jewelry that incorporates pearls into their design quality. For this, science and technology devised a mechanism for obtaining original pearls. Learn through the article: what are cultured pearls, how to recognize if a pearl is of quality and take some small tips to maintain your pearl jewelry healthy.
Cultured pearls are formed in much the same way as natural ones. The process begins in the body of Bivalves after the irritating agent called nucleus is intentionally inserted into them, which causes the mollusk to react defensively by segregating the mother-of-pearl, in this way it neutralizes the intruder by enveloping it, and over the years the pearl is born.
The above explanation shows that cultured pearls are original pearls. They are not mass production, on the contrary, a selection process is carried out for oysters whose breed has the necessary quality to produce higher quality pearls. According to studies, only 50 percent of oysters whose purpose is to produce pearls survive, and of these 20 percent offer pearls with the perfection and value that a quality jewel requires.
How to recognize a quality pearl?
Bright luster and clean surface. A quality pearl has a brilliant luster, that is, the surface has an intense shine. If, on the other hand, the pearl looks white, chalky or very opaque, you will not be dealing with a good quality pearl. Also, there should be no stain on the bead, no dents or bumps.
To recognize an original pearl, whether natural or cultured, you can do the following: gently brush the pearl with your teeth, if you perceive a sandy sensation and not a soft and completely smooth texture, you will be facing an original pearl and not an imitation.
Round. This really has nothing to do with the quality of the pearl but rather with its economic value. There are asymmetric pearls called baroque, in the shape of a teardrop or pear, button, but the rounder they are, the more value they will have, since pearls being a spontaneous creation of nature are not they are normally perfectly round.
Color. Many people have the mistaken belief that the original pearls are only the white ones. The color of the pearls varies from pink, green, cream to black without necessarily being a imitation pearl.
Pearl care tips
Pearls are resistant, but in short, a natural product susceptible to damage. That is why I offer you some very simple tricks that will allow you to keep your pearls in great health.
Put on your pearl jewelery after you have applied make-up, hairstyle and perfume, as the chemicals present in products such as hairspray or aromatic oils degrade the natural pearl luster.
After use, wipe them with a clean, damp cloth; and if you want to get a deeper cleaning, wash them with warm water and mild soap, preferably neutral. Store your pearls in boxes lined with delicate fabrics such as velvet, away from other jewelry that can scratch them.
Regarding pearl necklaces, you must change the cord at least once every two years, to prevent it from bursting and losing the gems or they break.
I hope this article has helped you to know the origin and care about these unique gemstones in origin, which have a lot of value in current jewelry greater than the one it had in ages past. Without further ado, I will be waiting for your comments and suggestions. Greetings and see you soon.