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Extreme Makeover: Pearl Edition

Pearls have long been known to represent elegance and style, but few are aware that pearls are a versatile jewelry component that can be worn for both fancy dinners and casual barbecue outings.If you think of a simple strand when you imagine pearls, get ready to be blown away! The fashion world has determined that pearls have multiple uses, and we’re here to share with you the new pearl revolution.

Magical Pearls

Pearls bring to mind different images of elegance, like a bride on her wedding day or a classic Hollywood starlet. There’s a reason why these gems are a symbol of timeless beauty—they’ve been enchanting us for thousands of years. From ancient China to the Egyptians and Imperial Romans, pearls are one of the longest valued gems. Working with pearls in jewelry involves a number of things, such as knowing how to care for them, understanding color and being able to distinguish quality. Today, we’ll focus on the origins of the pearl.

Pearl Size

For quick reference:1/4 inch = 6.35mm1/3 inch = 8.46mm1/2 inch = 12.7mm1 inch = 25.4mmSize of Freshwater PearlsFreshwater pearls can grow up to about 11 or 12 mm in size. In common terms, while they can occasionally grow to almost half an inch in diameter, most freshwater pearls sold are between about a quarter of an inch and a third of an inch in size. Very tiny pearls are also seen.Freshwater 6-7mm, 7-8mm, 8-9mm, 9-10mm, 10-11mm, 11-12mmSize of Golden South Sea PearlsGolden S

Pearl Color

Pearls come in wide variety of colors, also known as "palette of colors". From white, yellow, golden, pink, blue to black and almost every shade in between. Pearl color refers specifically to the color of the pearl's body, considered the fundamental color of the pearl.Colors generally range from cream, to silver-white (most common), to black (most rare). But there are also color overtones reflected across a pearl's surface. In fact, the color of a pearl more often than not is a meld of i

What Kind of Pearl Jewelry Suit for me?

What SIZE pearls should I buy?Choosing the best size of pearls for your pearl necklace, earrings, or bracelet is an important decision. Pearls are measured in millimeters, across their diameter. As a general guideline, pearls from 3mm to 5mm are very small, pearls from 6mm to 7mm are decently sized, and pearls larger than 7mm will make quite the impression. A single millimeter difference in size is very noticeable.What QUALITY of pearls should I buy?Pearl quality is typically deno

Discovery of Cultured Pearls

Till the 19th Century the only pearls known to man were natural pearls, pearls that accidentally formed in nature. Diving for natural pearls was risky and expensive and often resulted in poor results. Only very few oysters produced a gem quality pearl. This made natural pearls extremely rare and valuable, allowing only royalty and the truly wealthy to enjoy natural pearls.While some cultures had been able to artificially simulate freshwater mollusks into producing pearls, these were generally

Pearl History

The Oldest Gemstone In The WorldNo other gem has captivated our fascination and admiration like the pearl. Diamonds may be forever, but pearls have been recognized as prized jewels for centuries longer than any cut stone. Almost all other gemstones are formed by mineral deposits that must be mined, cut, and polished to reveal their sparkling beauty. Pearls, on the other hand, are beautiful as they are - straight out of the mollusk. High quality pearls have an intense, brilliant luster and sh

Cultured South Sea Pearl Grading

South Sea pearls are graded much like Tahitian pearls and the two most commonly accepted systems of grading are the A-D system, and the A-AAA system.A-D GradingA-AAA US GradingDescriptionTop GemGem GradeGem Grade Flawless pearl with excellent lusterPearl exhibits no inclusions or imperfections prior to setting or drillingAAAA Flawl

Cultured Freshwater Pearl Grading

Pearl GradeDescriptionFreshadama™ Freshadama-grade pearls are loose-grade pearls, or pearls that have been selected individually prior to drilling and polishing for their exceptional quality characteristics. These pearls are typically sold wholesale as single pearls and pairs, undrilled. Freshadama™ strands are composed of these pearls; drilled and matched by us.Highest grade of freshwater pearlExhibit intens

Cultured Tahitian Pearl Grading

A-D (Tahitian) GradingA-AAA GradingGrading Description and CriteriaTop GemGem GradeGem Grade Flawless pearl with excellent lusterPearl exhibits no inclusions or imperfections prior to setting or drillingAAAA Flawless on at least 90% of pearl's surfaceOnly 10% of pearl's surface may exhibit slight, concentrated impe

Cultured Akoya Pearl Grading

Pearl GradeDescriptionHanadama Hanadama is the Japanese word for spherical flower and is the grade assigned to akoya pearls considered "extra fine" by a pearl grading laboratory in Japan. One important thing to note is that there is a range of quality that is considered hanadama. For example, our AAA could easily pass certification. We guarantee our hanadama to be the finest available as we only submit the finest to be certified.

How to Buy Pearls

How can we buy the perfect pearls jewelry we need?

Caring for Pearls

How to care of our pearl jewelry? Most of people think that it is difficult but here we will introduce you some easy and professional ways.

Freshwater Pearls

freshwater pearls are pearls that are farmed and created using freshwater mussels. And most of the pearl jewelry on markets are made of them.

Tahitian Pearls

The Tahitian pearl (or black pearl) is an organic gem formed from the black lip oyster (Pinctada margaritifera). These pearls derive their name from the fact that they are primarily cultivated around the islands of French Polynesia, around Tahiti.

Japanese Akoya Pearls

A Japanese Akoya simple necklace remains every woman’s classic accessory, allowing her to be chic, elegant or casual, all at once.

South Sea Pearls

Let's learn more about south sea pearls!

Glossary about Pearls

Here you will learn lots of glossary about pearls.