Differences in Natural and Cultured Pearls

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What is the richest type of stone of all other stones in the world? It is the Pearl. No other gem throughout history has fascinated people like “pearls,” except the diamonds. The pearl is birthstone for month of June.

Many people believe pearls possess a special mystical quality. The symbol that speaks out to people about this mystical quality is the glow that seems to radiate from its center. The glow was a sign of a powerful inner life to ancient people. In some documentations about Roman women it is written that some of these women believed so much in the powers of the pearl, they slept with their pearl necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to help sweeten their dreams and ward off nightmares.

Throughout time the popularity of the pearl has been strongly associated with love, success, happiness, virtue, purity and modesty. It seems the pearl is the simplest of all jewelry pieces to wear in the ears, around the neck or around the wrist.

Pearls also give the wearers much more versatility than any other gem as they can go with virtually any style of clothes from morning to evening. They always look classic, smart, professional and attractive. Simply stated, it is hard to go wrong when wearing jewelry made of pearls!

Pearls add an elegant touch to the most simple kind of outfit, a solid colored turtleneck sweater with a row of hanging pearls gives the sweater an added look of elegance. A stand of pearls around the neck while wearing a glamorous evening gown is seen in many photographs of famous women and nobility.

Pearls are available in a wide variety of types, sizes, shapes, and colors. Not all pearls are solid white or off white. There are solid black pearls! Their possibilities for stringing into beautiful beaded works of jewelry art is endless.

Pearls are essential to any woman’s wardrobe. There are so many different varieties it takes a little time to get to know each of them and to be able to distinquish between the different variations. There is different levels of quality in pearls as well.

So simply stated, what exactly is a pearl?

Pearls are gems produced by osyters (non-edible oysters) in saltwater or by a freshwater mollusc. Now if you know exactly how pearls come to life you may never want to own another set of pearls in your life.

A tiny sea parastie from the ocean floor invades the shell piercing on through into the tissue of the mollusc. When the intruder becomes trapped, the oyster cannot rid itself of it and the sea parasite is an irritant to the oyster.

The process of an oyster ridding itself of the sea parasite is what results in a pearl. A pearl is result of a build up of layer after layer of the oyster ridding itself of the sea parasite. The thicker the oyster has to build against the parasite, the more beautiful is the ultimate pearl that is produced from the entire process.

Most pearls sold today are cultured pearls. Sometimes called natural pearls, sometimes called oriental pearls have become some of the rarest of all gems on the market today. All cultured pearls are more affordable.

The difference in a natural pearl and a cultured pearl is the fact that cultured pearls are a product of humans helping nature. A natural pearl is one that results from the process of the oyster ridding itself of the sea parasite.

Other differences in cultured and natural pearls is in the shape. When strung onto strands of pearls, the natural pearls will be less uniform in size, color and shape. Cultured pearls are produced in greater quantities making it easier to carefully match color, size and shape.

As one would guess natural pearls are more rare and valuable, and then of course, there are pearls that are neither natural or cultured, but fake instead. Many famous people such as the Duchess of Windsor owned and wore fake pearls. It is not uncommon for even the wealthiest of people to wear fake pearls. It is not secret, however, that the weathiest of people usually kept their “real pearls” safely locked away in a safe.

If you are interested in buying natural pearls, make sure you receive an official identification report from a reliable lab. X-rays confirm the authenticity of natural pearls.

By: Connie Limon



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