Pearl Education

1.What exactly is a pearl?
Pearl is an ancient organic gemstone,mainly produced in pearl shellfish and mother-of-pearl mollusks; Pearls are divided into natural pearls and cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are divided into seawater pearls and freshwater pearls.
 
2.How to distinguish seawater pearls and freshwater pearls?
The biggest difference between freshwater pearls and seawater pearls is that the former is a non-nuclear pearl and the latter is a nuclear pearl. For this reason, freshwater pearls are the best raw material for beauty pearl powder.
There are several differences between seawater pearls and freshwater pearls:
Environmental difference: seawater pearls are cultured in the sea, and freshwater pearls are cultured in fresh water.
Color difference: seawater pearl color is single; freshwater pearls are colorful.
Size difference: seawater pearls are generally larger, and freshwater pearls are smaller.
Shape difference: sea water is really rare, and freshwater pearls may have various shapes.
 
3.What is the shape of Pearls?
Usually, pearls have the following shapes: Round, off round , Potato, Button, Coin etc.
 
4.What is the size of Pearls?
Pearls usually have the following sizes: 4-5mm, 5-6mm, 6-7mm, 7-8mm, 8-9mm, 9-10mm, 10-11mm, 11-12mm,12-13mm and more. 7-9mm is the popular, and if the size above 10mm are very rare. So The bigger the pearl, The bigger the pearl, the more expensive it is.
 
5. What is the difference between real pearl and fake pearl?
When two real pearls are rubbed against each other, There will be a rough feeling and pearl powder is produced. When you wipe off the pearl powder, the pearl is as shiny as before. If they are fake pearls, the process is smooth, and no powder is produced.
You can also rub the pearl against your front teeth. Real pearls will feel slightly gritty and rough. An imitation pearl will feel smooth and glasslike. That's because the imitations are almost made by plastic or glass.
 
6. How to measure your finger to choose the right ring size?
1. Wrap a piece of string or paper strip around the base of your finger.
2. Mark the string or paper where it overlaps to form a complete circle.
3. Measure the length of the section of string or paper where it overlaps around the finger.
4. Compare your measurement with this chart to determine your ring size.
 
7. How to care and clean pearl?
Pearls are highly treasured compared with other gems and precious metals. Therefore, special care is essential. in order to give your pearls a long beauty and luster time. We hope to provide you with special tips for preserving and caring for your precious pearls.
Storage:
As pearls are a relatively soft gem (3.5-4 on the Mohs hardness scale) It is the best  to store pearls separated from other jewelry types such as metallic chains or diamonds. If stored together with other jewelry types, there is significant risk that the pearl nacre could be marred due to rough surface contacts. This can be avoided by storing your pearls in a separate jewelry box, soft bag or satin pouch. Pearls can also be sensitive to long periods of heat, resulting in drying and discoloring of the natural nacre. Therefore, never store your pearls in locations such as safety deposit boxes etc.
Wearing:
Cosmetics,perfume and hair spray, which contain chemicals, can dull its luster. It is advisable to put on your pearls afterwards.Sweating also leads to a similar effect. Meanwhile, Lampblack and sweat should be avoided.
Cleaning:
If harmful chemicals have come in contact with your pearls, it is appropriate to clean the pearls with water and a very light detergent such as baby soap. Ensure to rinse clean and wipe with dry or moist towel after cleaning. While the pearls are still wet, be sure not to wear them as wet silk strings are more likely to stretch and weaken. Also, the wet silk string will easily attract dirt which is quite difficult to remove.
Re stringing:
The string of pearls should be restrung if worn often. The string should be knotted between each to prevent from falling off and from any friction.
 
8. How to select quality Pearls?
Choosing Pearl Diameter 
As pearl diameter size is considered one of the primary factors contributing to overall pearl value, slight increases or decreases in pearl diameter often dramatically impact the overall cost of the jewelry piece.
This is particularly true with pearls that are harvested from small mollusks/oysters such as the Akoya pearl, which is harvested from the world’s smallest pearl producing mollusk.
Akoya Pearls: Akoya Saltwater Pearls are most commonly available in sizes from 5.5mm to 7.5mm. Akoya pearls can be as large as 10mm, but sizes that large are very rare and costly.
The most popular size for Akoya Saltwater Pearls is 7.0-7.5mm, which are suitable for dress, casual and business attire. The second most popular size, likely for their affordable price is 6.5-7.0mm. Those with a larger budget and a taste for bigger pearls often chose 7.5-8.0mm and 8.0-8.5mm pearls. We also offer 8.5-9.0mm and 9.0-9.5mm Akoya Pearls for those who really want to make a statement.
Freshwater Pearls: Freshwater pearls are available in a very wide range of sizes, from 2mm "micro" pearls to more than 10mm in diameter. The most popular size in our experience is between 7 and 9mm. Freshwater pearls are also more affordable than any other pearl type because of large supplies. Do not let this bound your opinion on their value, however, as Freshwater pearls are very beautiful and in some cases rival Saltwater pearls for luster and overall appearance.
Tahitian & South Sea Pearls: These pearls are famous for their large sizes. They are also very costly due to their rarity and the difficult culturing process.
 
Choosing Pearl Color & Overtone
Appreciation for pearl color and overtones, as with beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. While the choice of pearl color should be based purely on the personal taste of the customer, it is helpful to have a general understanding of the elements that constitute pearl color before making a decision to purchase.
In general terms, pearl color refers to the following three elements:
Body Color: The body color is the primary color of the pearl. Depending on the type of pearl (Akoya, Freshwater, Tahitian etc.), the body color of pearls could range from white to black with many variations in between.
Overtone Color: Overtones are a subtle, secondary hue that can be seen in the luster of the pearl. They are sort of an accent to the body color of the pearl and, unless very strong, are best seen when the pearls are compared to a solid white background.
The most popular overtone color for Akoya Saltwater pearls is rosé, which complements the widest range of skin tones. Other overtones include ivory, silver, and green on white pearls and emearld, blue and others on black pearls.
Orient: A very rare color component of some types of pearls normally found on baroque or irregular shaped pearl surfaces, orient color will appear as an iridescent or rainbow-like coloring that will reflect upon the surface of the pearl as light shimmers across the surface.
 
 
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