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Bridal Pearl Jewelry

How to Select Bridal Pearl Jewelry

1. The bride’s pearl jewelry should be well matched. For example, her pearl earrings should be of the same type and color as her pearl necklace. The bride is the featured attraction, so she should expect that her guests will be closely examining everything she’s wearing on this special day.

2. Pearl jewelry should be color-coordinated with the pearls on the gown rather than with the gown itself. For example, if the gown is ivory-colored and the pearls on it are white, the bride’s pearl jewelry should also be white. The pearls on the gown should be the same color as those on the veil. In sum, all the pearls the bride is wearing should look like they were made to go together… More tips on bridal pearl jewelry here.

 

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bridal pearl jewelry, pearl necklace, pearl hours

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.

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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.

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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.

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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