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Guide to Find a Good Buy on Pearl Jewelry

If you want a nice pearl necklace but you are on a very limited budget. How can you find a strand you like at a good price?

First you are showed a strand of Japanese akoya pearls. You point out that the pearls are round and well matched, but their pearl coating is very thin. Consequently the strand is not a good choice for long-term, every-day wear. You add that the round white saltwater pearls in your price range tend to have a thin coating, no matter where they’re sold. You wonder why no other jewelers ever mentioned this to you.

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double strand white akoya pearl necklace, akoya pearl necklace, pearl necklace, pearl jewelry

Then you are showed some strands of freshwater pearls and asked to compare them to the first strand. They’re a lot more lustrous. Then you are helped pick out an affordable strand that looks good on you. You are impressed with the sale person’s selection of pearls and his or her straightforward approach. You plan on coming back to the sale person’s for the rest of your jewelry needs, including a strand of good saltwater pearls when you have more to spend.

For example, you want to buy your wife some pearls for your 30th anniversary, since this is the traditional gift. You and your wife have been happily married for many years, so you want the pearls to be of unusually fine quality. You have read The Pearl Buying Guide and are aware that pearls have many subtle quality differences. You realize you will need some expert help.

As you shop, you discover that you know more than a lot of the salespeople.

Eventually, you find somebody who is really knowledgeable about pearls-Sandy, a college student who works part time to pay her way through school. Sandy has always had a keen interest in gems, especially pearls, and she takes advantage of every opportunity to learn as much as possible about them.

You already know that you want either pink or white saltwater pearls in the 7 to 8 millimeter range. Sandy brings out a variety of strands and points out the fine nuances of luster, color and surface markings. Then she helps you choose two strands, which they will have strung with three mystery clasps. That way your wife can wear the pearls in different necklace lengths and as a bracelet. This is a quick and easy sale for Sandy, and it’s a pleasant experience for you. You’ve gotten efficient, professional help and exactly the kind of pearls you were looking for.

Another example, you are in a Tahitian jewelry store looking through a bowl of black pearls. Before coming to Tahiti on holiday, you read the Pearl Buying Guide. The salesman in the store tells you that you can have any of the pearls in the bowl for the equivalent of $120. You first pick out the ones with the best luster. Then you eliminate those that are either too light or have no overtone colors. Finally, you end up with a fairly large, tear-drop-shaped, dark-gray pearl with some greenish and purplish highlights. One side of the pearl, however, is badly flawed. But you plan to wear it as a pendant, so the flaws won’t show.

On the flight back home, you sketch a design for the pendant and then later has your jeweler make it. You are told you could never find a black pearl as attractive as yours for such a low price. When the pendant is finished, you try it on. You are very pleased with how it looks. But you are even more pleased that you own a unique piece which you has helped create.

Shopping for pearls turned out to be a positive experience for you. This was largely because you took the time to learn about pearls beforehand and/or you dealt with a competent salesperson. Listed below are some guidelines that can help you when you shop for pearls.

Look for luster. This was the first quality factor that is focused attention on because it’s the most important one. To understand why, just compare dull milky pearls to some highly lustrous ones. Pearl luster section gives you tips on judging luster.

When judging prices, try to compare pearls of the same type, shape, size, color, luster and blemish quality. All of these factors affect the cost of pearls. Due to the complexity of pearl pricing, it’ easier for consumers to compare pearls that are alike or at least similar.

Look at a variety of qualities so you’ll have a basis for comparison.

Remember that there is no standardized system for grading pearls. As a consequence, grades such as “A” have no meaning other than what the seller assigns to them. In some cases, an “A” grade may be the lowest quality a store stocks. The lack of standardization does not mean there’s no point in grading pearls. It’s just an added reason why you need to know how to judge pearl quality yourself.

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white south sea pearl pendant, south sea pearls, pearl pendants, pearl jewelry

Be willing to compromise. You can settle for something other than what you might have preferred in order to stay within your budget. You may get freshwater instead of saltwater pearls and accept the pearls badly flawed on one side. Even people with unlimited budgets have to compromise sometimes on the size, shape, color or quality due to lack of availability. A pearl doesn’t have to be perfect for you to enjoy it.

Beware of sales ads that seem too good to be true. The advertised pearls might be of unacceptable quality, especially in terms of nacre thickness. Or they might be stolen or misrepresented. Jewelers are in business to make money, not to lose it.

If possible, establish a relationship with a jeweler you can trust and who looks after your interests. He can help you find buys you wouldn’t find on your own.

Place the pearls against your hand and answer the following questions. A negative answer suggests the pearls are a poor choice.

a. Do the pearls have bright, sharp light reflections?
b. Do the pearls have overtone colors? (This is a characteristic of pearls with good luster.)
c. Does the color of the pearls look good next to your skin?

The preceding guidelines in essence suggest that you learn how to evaluate pearls. But why is it so important for you to do this? Why should jewelers educate you about pearl quality? Is it just to help you compare prices? No. Learning more about pearls will help you make a choice you can enjoy for a lifetime and will help you appreciate the unique qualities of the pearls you choose. How can you appreciate something you don’t understand?

As you learn to compare luster differences among pearls, you will see how pearl brilliance differs from that of other gems. The brilliance of faceted gems normally appears best in their face up position. No matter how you hold or wear good pearls, they glow. Even away from light they glow. And this glow has an intensity and depth unmatched by any other shiny round object.

As you learn to compare the color nuances of pearls, you’ll see that good pearls are not just white. They have a variety of underlying colors which add to their beauty. And they come in a wide spectrum of body colors. Some people say that pearls make them look washed out. These people change their mind when they see black pearls and when they try on lighter pearls that enhance their body coloring.

Tahitian pearl earring, Tahitian pearls, pearl jewelry

Tahitian pearl earring, Tahitian pearls, pearl jewelry

As you are introduced to the different pearl shapes, you’ll see how pearls offer creative design possibilities unlike any other gem. Even a basic strand of round pearls can be worn in creative, versatile ways.

Pearls can be worn anywhere, at any time, with anything. And even though pearls offer all these positive features, you don’t have to be rich to own fine-quality pearls. If you are willing to compromise on the type of pearls you choose, you should be able to find good ones to fit almost any budget.

But to spot good pearls, you need to know how to judge their quality. So look at pearls whenever possible. Take time to analyze them. Ask jewelers to explain their quality differences. Gradually, you’ll learn to recognize good value, and you’ll see that the pearl is a remarkable gem which has no peer.

Click here for how to learn more about pearl jewelry.

How to Select Pearl Ring

A pearl ring is a beautiful accent piece to any outfit or occasion. As a tradition, a ring is often used to commemorate or witness a precious moment or thing. There is no exception for a pearl ring. So it is perfect gift for engagement, wedding, anniversary and birthday that kind of memorable day.

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black pearl ring, black pearl jewelry, pearl ring, pearl jewelry

The value of a pearl ring comes for the fine pearl and the precious metal. How much the pearl are worth? It depends on pearl quality factors such as pearl types, pearl luster and so on, just like that what is the other pearl jewelry pieces usually considered. What is the same important as the pearl to an elegant pearl ring is that the make and look of the metal piece requires exquisite crafts. And you never forget to concerns that what kind of precious metal is used to make the ring piece, sterling silver, 9K, 14K, 18K yellow or white gold?

After you get an idea that whether a pearl ring is worth the dollars you spend, you have to take care of the size of the ring. The ring size decides that whether you are feeling comfortable to wear the pearl ring on your finger. You can choose your prefer pearl ring or customized pearl ring.

Pearl Earring and Shapes of Face

Earring is the most indispensable piece in the jewelry box of a lady. It is the most charming part along your face, sometimes can better suite a lady’s face, make it more attractive and beautiful. To reach the above aim, select the most appropriate earrings that go well with your face is the most important thing.

Before that, we need to know the common shape of face.
Oval faces – considered as the ideal face shape, are characterized by being slightly wider at the cheekbones than the forehead or jaw-line.
Square face– The square face has a wide forehead and strong, wide jaw-line. It can appear more rectangular if the face is narrow and more traditionally square if the face is wide. It considered giving a “hard” feeling.
Triangle face– The triangle shaped face has a narrower forehead and a prominent or wide jaw-line.
Inverted Triangle face – This shape is characterized by a wide forehead and narrow jaw-line and chin.
Round face – This shape is what it says, a face without sharp angles and tending to be wider at the cheeks and having softer “corners” along the jaw-line and forehead. The goal with a round face is to add height, making the face appear longer.
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black Tahiti pearl earring, pearl earring

Known the face shapes, here are the earring tips for varied shaped faces.
Earrings for round face: try to select long earrings that make your face more slim, drop or oval earrings would be ok, but not choose square or huge round earrings, which would make your face more round..
 Earrings for square face, best go well with long drop earrings, round ones or petal earrings, which add charming curves along the face, make you more famine looks!
Earrings for long face, try some round earrings, sector-style or square earrings. Not choose long cylindrical or long oval ones.
Earrings for oval face: goes well with drop, Gourd-shaped or round shaped earrings. Avoid heart-shaped, diamond shaped or exclamation point-shaped earrings (threader earrings)
Earrings for triangle face:goes well with round shaped earrings, exclamation point-shaped and Crescent-shaped ones. Not to choose earrings with clear angles, like triangle, square, diamond ones.

Earrings for Inverted Triangle face: try some drop or round shaped earrings, not to choose diamond shaped, and heart shaped earrings which would make your jaw narrower.

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How to Seclet Pearl Necklaces

A pearl necklace adds style to anything she wears. To own a pearl necklace is every woman’s desire. When looking for a pearl necklace there are many lengths of pearl necklaces: collar, choker, princess, matinee, opera and rope. Collar pearl necklace are 10 to 13 inches in length and good for casual wear. The 14-16 inch choker is an incomparable classic, and probably the most versatile of all pearl lengths. At 18-20 inches, the princess-length pearl necklace makes a perfect chain for a pendant or pearl enhancer. Matinee pearl necklace are 20 to 24 inches and is great with a business suit or a dress. Opera pearl necklace are 28 to 34 inches and are perfect for a dress-up occasion.

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Tahitian pearl necklace, black pearl necklace, pearl necklace

Choose a pearl necklace, which will match her lifestyle and personality. Choosing a right pearl necklace depends on many factors including age, skin color and occasion. When buying pearl necklace it’s a good idea to base your choice of color on skin tone. A young woman wears a pearl necklace it leaves an impression of style, beauty and innocence. An elderly woman wears a pearl necklace it gives an impression of poise, dignity and sophistication. PearlHours.com offer 16 inch and 18 inch pearl necklace for your choice, if it is too long or too short ,

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golden pearl necklace, akoya pearl necklace, pearl necklace

you can contact us for your prefered length and we will come back to you in one business day.

When buying pearl necklace it’s a good idea to base your choice of color on the skin tone of the person they are intended for. In general, pink pearls look best on fairer skin tones, while yellow or golden pearls look best on darker skin tones. An elegant pearl necklace is a great gift idea for special days like marriages, anniversaries, birthdays, valentines, mother’s day etc. When buying a pearl necklace, there are a few things to keep in mind including surface, color, size, luster, and shape. The pearl necklace is strung in many fashions. The center pearl being bigger and the remaining tapering down the size, is a style in fashion too. The pearl could be bigger or smaller depending on the design, if you prefer big sized pearls then one strand pearl necklace would look beautiful.

The way to choose a piece of pearl bracelet is very similar to that of pearl necklace. But there is a little difference between them. The length of pearl bracelet is much smaller than that of peal necklace. And then, wearing pearl necklace always requires more about the matching with dress and skin; apparently, the pearl bracelet requires less.

How to Clean Pearl Jewelry

(PearlHours.com)The softness of pearls and their low resistance to heat and chemicals mean that special precautions must be taken when cleaning them. Keep in mind the following guidelines:

1. Do not use commercial jewelry cleaners on pearls unless the labels say they are safe for pearls. Many of them contain ammonia, which will cause deterioration.

2. Never clean pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner. It can damage the pearls and wash out the color if the pearls have been dyed.

3. Never steam-clean pearl jewelry. Heat can harm them.

4. Never use detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda or ammonia-based cleaners on pearls.

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pink pearl necklace, freshwater pearl necklace, pearl jewelry

5. Do not use toothbrushes, scouring pads or abrasive materials to clean pearls. They can scratch their surface. If there’s a lump of dirt that can’t be rubbed off with a soft cloth, try using your fingernails. They have a hardness of only 2 1/2 or less.

Cleaning pearls is not complicated. After you wear them, just wipe them off with a soft cloth or chamois which can be dry or damp. This will prevent the dirt from accumulating and keep perspiration, which is slightly acidic, from eating away at the pearl nacre.

The pearls can be washed in water and a mild soap such as Ivory or Lux liquid (some liquid soaps, such as Dawn, can damage pearls) and cleaned with a soft cloth but not a brush. Pay attention to the areas around the drill holes where dirt may tend to collect. After washing them, lay the pearls flat in a moist kitchen towel to dry. After the towel is dry, they should be dry. Do not wear pearls when their string is wet. Wet strings stretch and attract dirt which is hard to remove. Likewise do not hang pearls to dry.

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Black Tahiti Pearls

(PearlHours.com)Black pearls are pearls of natural color (not dyed) from the Black-lip (Pinctada Margaritifera) oyster in the Western to Central Pacific Ocean or from the La Paz Pearl oyster (Pinctada Mazatlanica) or Rainbow-lipped oyster (Pteria Sterna) in the Eastern Pacific between Baja California and Peru. Some people use the term “black pearl” to refer to any dark colored pearl, dyed or natural color. Truly black pearls are extremely rare, and most “black” Tahitian pearls are not actually black.

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tahiti pearl, tahitian pearl pendant, pearl diamond pendant, black pearl pendant

Tahitian pearls are the synonymous to black pearls. They are primarily produced in the salt lakes of the Bolinia Islands. Their natural dark colors make these pearls very unique and unusually valuable. They have a rich, brilliant luster with silvery metallic or colorful overtones (of overtones, the peacock-green are the rarest) from their smooth, clean nacre. For long-time cultivation, they have an average nacre thickness of 1mm and up and range in size from 9mm to 16mm in diameter. Their teardrop shape is especially unique.

Tahitian pearls are one of the rarest pearl types in the world, and few oysters live long enough to produce a fine pearl. Because of their rarity, they are highly treasured. It’s very difficult to match Tahitian pearls for a set or a strand–even a pair of earrings is difficult to match. These pearls are bold and stunning and make highly distinctive jewelry.

 

Commonly known around the world as black pearls, the pearls of Tahiti are indigenous to the remote lagoons of French Polynesia in the South Pacific.

Legend has it that the pearl oyster, Te Ufi was offered to man by Oro, the God of Peace and Fertility, who came down to earth on a rainbow. Some say that Oro offered the pearl oyster to the beautiful Princess of Bora Bora as a sign of his eternal love.

The scientific term for Te Ufi is Pinctada Margaritifera and it is most commonly known as the black-lipped oyster. In the 19th century, its shell, like that of many oysters, was in great demand by the European button industry. As a result, commercial shell harvesting operations by local and foreign entities took place annually in the lagoons of Tuamotu and Gambier–two of the five archipelagoes that make up French Polynesia.

In the days of such lucrative shell harvesting, one would have to open more than 15,000 oysters before finding a natural pearl.

So even before the secret of pearl cultivation was discovered, the Tahitian pearl had earned a reputation for value and rarity. This reputation was further enhanced by its use in the jewelry of the world’s royalty and nobility. Soon the Tahitian pearl became known as the “pearl of queens and queen of pearls”.

The most famous of these natural black pearls was called “Azra”. It was the centerpiece of a necklace that was part of the Russian crown jewels.

Today, the Tahitian pearl has become an exotic gem sought after by celebrities and pearl aficionados alike. See the unique Tahiti pearls collection at PearlHours.com!

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