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We are selling South China Sea pearls, freshwater pearls, saltwater pearls and black pearls, among others. We have a wide range of products to choose from, such as single-strand to multiple-strand necklaces, earrings and pendants in the latest styles.
We offer white, black, blue, green, pink, lavender, and golden pearl jewelry, and we will combine colors to make multicolored pearl jewelry with some designs. Our pearls come in sizes between 6 and 12 mm. Shapes include round, near-round, drop, and Baroque.
There are seven main qualities that jewelers look for in evaluating a pearl's value. It's important to know what to look for when you buy pearl jewelry. Here is a quick summary of what to look for in all seven..
South pearls are the most rare and valuable of all Chinese pearls. They are known for their remarkable deep satiny luster, which gives these pearls an unusual inner glow. It is caused by the thick nacre, which the oysters build up layer by layer over a period of three years or more. South pearls from China are also known for their uniform shape—they grow almost perfectly round. These Chinese pearls also grow quite large, ranging from 10mm to 20mm in diameter. Their natural colors include white, pink, silver, and light gold. They are highly sought after in the pearl jewelry world.
Pearl-growing oysters live or can be grown in rivers and lakes as well as the sea. Thus, pearls can be freshwater or saltwater. In general, saltwater pearls are much higher in quality than freshwater. The average saltwater pearl is near-round, white or off-light in color, and has a moderate luster and glossy surface. Freshwater pearls are more irregularly shaped—they are usually flat or pear-shaped. They have less gloss, and they come in a wider variety of colors, such as pink, purple, and green.
No—cultured pearl jewelry is just as genuine as natural pearls. Each type of pearl is grown within a live oyster. A pearl is created when an irritant—a grain of sand, say, or a piece of shell—gets inside an oyster. To protect itself, the oyster secretes a casing, called " nacre", to surround the irritant. The oyster never stops secreting, so over the years the nacre layers get thicker and thicker until you have a pearl. With natural pearls, the irritant gets into the oyster by chance. With cultured pearls, a technician injects it. But the pearls look the same and are grown in the same way.
hen you buy pearl jewelry, it's important to know how to tell the real from the false. There are several ways to do this, whether you're at home or at a pearl jewelry store.
First,Luster. Does the pearl seem to emit a soft glow that comes from within? If so, that's a real pearl—that distinctive glow comes from the many layers of nacre built up over the years it spent inside an oyster. False pearls have surface shine, but not that special glow.
Second,Surface. Is the surface of the pearl perfectly smooth and flawless? If so, it's probably false. The closer to perfect a pearl's surface is, the higher its value—but it's practically impossible for a pearl to have no flaws at all. Sometimes you need a microscope or magnifying glass to detect the flaws on a pearl, but if it's real, they're there.
Third,Feel. Real pearls have a fresh, cool feel. False pearls can sometimes feel greasy, and they don't have that coolness.Fouth,Rubbing. Rub two pearls against each other. If it feels a little gritty, they're real. If it feels slippery, the pearls are false.
There are many ways to classify pearls. Here are the most common ways you'll find them classified when you buy pearl jewelry.
1) By growth method. Whether the pearls are natural or cultured.
2) By water types. Whether the pearls are freshwater or saltwater.
3) By color. Whether they're white, black, green, gold, variegated, etc.
4) By shape. Whether the pearls are round, near-round, drop, Baroque, etc.
5) By size. Whether they're little (2-5 mm); bead pearls (5-5.5 mm); medium (5.5-6.5 mm); large (6.5-7.5 mm); extra large (7.5-8.5 mm) or super large (8.5 mm and up).
6) By region. Whether they are East pearls, West pearls, South pearls, Chinese pearls, Australian pearls, etc.
7) By usage. Whether the pearls will be used for medicinal purposes or for ornamentation.
8 )By content. Whether the pearls contain stones, sand grains, or other irritants.
9) By source. Whether the pearls are detached or blister.
10) By nacre thickness. Depending on the type of pearl, different nacre thicknesses will produce different diameters.
There is no standard system in use. We use our own system for evaluating our pearl jewelry, in order from least to best quality: A, AA, AA+, AAA. General descriptive terms for pearl quality are often the same used to describe anything else: "excellent," "very good," "average," etc.
When you buy pearl jewelry, you're buying an heirloom that will, hopefully, last for generations. In order to ensure your fine pearl jewelry stays beautiful, it's important to take care of it the right way. Here are some tips for preserving the beauty of your pearls.
1) Do not use toothpaste to wash pearls. Toothpaste contains tiny abrasive fragments that can damage your pearls and lessen their surface quality. The best way to wash your pearls is to use water or a soap specially formulated to be gentle, such as baby shampoo.
2) Avoid frequent touching. Our bodies, especially our fingers and hands, naturally produce oils and sweat that can coat the pearls if you touch them too often, masking their luster and glow.
3) Don't wear them constantly. Take off your pearls when performing any strenuous tasks that will make you sweat. Don't wear them while swimming or taking a shower.
4) Don't put them in the washing machine. Yes, we've heard of people doing this. Pearls can't stand shaking—so don't let them go through the wash.
5) Avoid contact with acidic and alkaline substances. Pearls most often come into contact with these types of substances when you use perfume or hair spray. These contain chemicals that can dull the luster of your pearls. Remove your pearls before applying makeup, perfume or hairspray. Put them back on when you're finished.
6) Put on your pearls after you dress. Your pearl jewelry could catch on clothing, and pearls can be damaged by stiff materials in clothes.
7) Bring a pearl bag. Much of the time, we don't take off our pearl jewelry when we should—just because there's nowhere safe to put it. Keep a small cloth bag for your pearls in your purse. That way, if you need to take off a pearl ring to wash your hands or remove your earrings to go swimming, you'll have a safe place to keep your pearls.
8) Perform regular maintenance. Check your pearls regularly to make sure none have come loose. Clean them using a soft cloth and mild soap. If you wear a pearl necklace often, we recommend having it restrung once a year. A knot should be tied between each pearl in the strand, to keep scratches and abrasions from the pearls rubbing against each other to a minimum.
Even the most lustrous pearls don't keep their glow forever. Yellowing is part of a pearl's aging process—they naturally yellow and lose their luster after several decades. This happens because the nacre secreted by oysters is composed of aragonite, an unstable mineral that will eventually break down into calcite. As this happens, the pearls turn yellow.
If your pearls start to yellow, dipping them in hydrochloric acid may restore their color and luster. This will dissolve the outer calcite layer, exposing the aragonite underneath. However, if your pearls have been yellow for a long time, it may be difficult or impossible to restore their original color.