Pearl Guide Pearl Formation Distinction Value And Care

Pearl Guide Pearl Formation Distinction Value And Care

Pearl Formation
Pearls are considered as​ organic gems, as​ they are created by living creatures. it​ is​ characterized as​ a​ hard object that is​ produced inside the soft tissue of​ a​ mollusk shell. it​ is​ composed of​ calcium carbonate in​ very little crystalline form which is​ called nacre. This material is​ deposited in​ concentric layers, and has the same material as​ the shell of​ the mollusk.

The natural process starts when a​ mollusk encounters an​ irritating microscopic object trapped within its folds. Then it​ will start coating the object with nacre to​ produce pearl. Ideally, a​ pearl should be round and smooth, but there are also irregularly shaped ones, which are called "baroque pearls".

Pearl Distinction
Do you know how to​ distinguish a​ freshwater from a​ saltwater pearl? They may look somewhat similar, but they come from different sources. Saltwater pearls are formed inside pearl oysters, which lives in​ tropical oceans. These are called Akoya, Tahitian, or​ South Sea pearls. On the other hand, freshwater pearls are formed inside mussels living in​ rivers, lakes or​ ponds.

Jewelers can tell if​ the pearl is​ natural or​ cultivated by running an​ x-ray in​ the gem lab. if​ the pearl reveals a​ nucleus in​ the x-ray, it​ is​ a​ natural saltwater pearl. if​ there is​ no nucleus present, but instead there are irregular and dark inner spots that indicate a​ visible cavity, then the pearl is​ cultured in​ freshwater. Natural pearls are usually sold using carat weight, while cultured pearls are sold in​ millimeters depending on their size.

Pearl Value
The value of​ the pearl depends upon its luster, size, color, lack of​ flaw and good symmetry. Among these, luster is​ the most important one. Luster depends upon the refraction and reflection of​ light from its translucent layers. This can be unique in​ each pearl where the more layers of​ the iridescent nacre there are, the finer the luster.

Definitely, the bigger the pearl the more expensive it​ is. Also, if​ the shape is​ perfectly round, it​ is​ very rare and valued. in​ terms of​ color, the black pearl is​ more expensive than their white counterpart.

Pearl Care
Pearls are made into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants and even rings. it​ is​ a​ gemstone that is​ truly beautiful and splendid. if​ you bought some freshwater cultured pearls lately, it​ is​ important to​ know how you should clean and care for it. These are some tips for you to​ follow:

1. Put your pearls on after applying your make-up, perfume and lotion.
2. Wipe it​ with a​ soft cloth (lint-free) as​ you take them off. This cloth may be dry or​ damp. if​ damp, the pearls should be air dried before storing it.
3. if​ it​ gets dirty, clean your pearls with mild soap and water. Never clean it​ with solutions that contain harsh ingredients.
4. Do not use abrasive cleaners or​ rough cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating fast.
5. Do not store pearls beside other jewelries, as​ they can be scratched easily. Keep it​ in​ a​ special corner of​ your jewelry box or​ place them in​ a​ soft little bag individually.

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