Fine Pearl Rings
Pearl is not only June's birthstone, it has often been referred to as the Queen of the Sea, which speaks of this stone's origins. From the mystery of each pearl's birth to the care taken in harvesting, matching, and sorting these gems, the creation of each pearl ring requires an eye for excellence, great artistry, and a certain level of technical skill. Pearl rings are elegant, timeless accessories that are perfect for any occasion.
What types of pearls are used in fine jewelry?
Cultured pearls are the type most commonly found on the market today. They are formed in the same way as natural pearls and considered to be genuine. Cultured pearls can be produced in either freshwater or saltwater. They are formed when an irritant is surgically placed into a mollusk that is then protected in a pearl farm while the pearl develops. While the process in creating a cultured pearl is initiated by man, nature still controls the quality of the pearl that results from the process. According to the Cultured Pearl Association of America, only about 5% of these pearls are of sufficient quality to be used for a ring or other fine jewelry.
What gives color to the pearls?
Oyster shells are coated in nacre, an organic material. This strong outer layer is also what covers natural pearls. Nacre determines the pearl's color. While classic white is the color most commonly associated with pearls, they are actually found in a rich variety of shades that include black, green, pink, silver, and yellow. The primary color of the pearl is referred to as its body color and categorized as either a cool or warm hue. The secondary shade is referred to as the overtone.
How do you care for and maintain fine pearl rings?
Pearl rings can be set in white gold, sterling silver, or yellow gold. No matter your setting, follow the proper care instructions for the pearl as it is more fragile than the gold or silver.
- Since their nature-grown exterior is delicate, pearl rings need care and attention. Use a soft cloth with mild soap and water to remove surface dirt.
- Maintain the continuing luster of your pearl ring by wearing it often. The natural oils of your skin help the pearl maintain its shiny surface.
- For a complete restore of your pearl ring's natural beauty, take it to a professional jeweler for cleaning.
- To protect the beauty and color of your pearl ring, avoid exposing it to cosmetics, sprays, and perfumes.
- Store your pearl ring in separate box or pouch to protect it from scratches.