A Little Info on Pearls

Wouldn’t it be nice to find real pearls from edible oysters? That would be the day when eating edible oysters would bring in not only food for the table but also pearl for jewelry. However, such a thing is next to impossible considering that pearls do not grow in edible oysters. Pearls are produced by mollusks including oysters, mussels, and clams. However, mussels and clams rarely produce pearls while oysters commonly produce pearls no matter if they are in freshwater or in saltwater. The idea that pearls are produced from sand intruding into the shell of an oyster is false. Sand is an inorganic material while pearls are formed by organic materials that are caught inside the oyster. As a defense mechanism, the oyster wraps the organic material with a substance called nacre, resulting in what is known as Mother of Pearl or MOP. Most people believe that pearls should have an imperfect form since they are products of nature. However, there are those that are formed perfectly and these are considered very valuable pearls. Unlike the common belief that pearls are usually white, pearls come in various colors like black, green, red and even blue. Different-colored pearls can be found all over the world but only the South Pacific has produced black pearls. Instead of waiting for the natural occurrence of pearls, there are people who culture pearls in the same manner that they are naturally formed. However, the organic irritants are intentionally inserted through a crack in the oyster’s shell. Natural pearls are however more expensive than cultured pearls because of their rarity. Among the kinds of pearls are cultured pearls either in saltwater or freshwater; South Sea pearls that are produced by the silver lipped oysters are rare pearls that are cultured in Australia and are usually very large; South Sea pearls produced by golden lipped oysters and are cultured in Indonesia and Tahitian; pearls or black pearls that are produced by black-lipped oysters and are cultured in the Cook Islands or in French Polynesia. So how can one determine if a pearl is real or imitation? Real pearls tend to feel sandy when rubbed along the edge of the front teeth while imitation pearls feel smooth. Aside from the kinds of oyster from which pearls are produced, the quality of pearls is determined according to their luster or shine. Thick nacres that have been left in the water longer are generally shinier. The shape of a pearl is also important and the rounder the pearl, the better. The larger the pearl, the rarer they are and more expensive. Pearls are generally used as pieces of jewelry but they are also used in making cosmetics. Pearls used to make cosmetics are pearls of lesser quality, and shells are also used. Cosmetics made with pearl and shell are said to produce paler skin with a natural glow. Pearl cosmetics are actually being exported by many countries including China to the United States. Thanks for reading!!...

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Choosing Crystal Jewelry Any crystal jewelry would be synonymous to the word “forever” because that piece of treasure is designed to last for an eternity. Unless stolen or lost, crystal jewelry is meant to stand the test of time and generations. Knowing this for a fact, many people choose this as a symbol of their affection and eternal love for their partner or for themselves. For men, a pair or two of crystal jewelry is enough. But when it comes to women, it is altogether a different story. FINDING THE BEST In a jewelry store, crystal jewelry may look alike. But, these can be very different since no two pieces of crystal jewelry could have equal values. The four qualities of a crystal jewelry namely color, clarity, cut and carat weight determines the real value of the gem you are looking for. These standards are also applicable to most gemstones. If you are one of those who are planning to buy any crystal jewelry for yourself or for a loved one, the following should be your major considerations: 1.) CLARITY. It is the first thing to look for when buying a piece of crystal jewelry. The absence or presence of tiny natural flaws or blemishes known as inclusions determines this. These are not visible to the naked eye but can affect the diamond in one way or another. The fewer and smaller the inclusions, the higher the price. Perfect clarity means no inclusions are distinguished when the crystal jewelry is examined. Being knowledgeable in the clarity characteristics of a diamond is very essential especially for those interested in purchasing it. 2.) COLOR. Crystal jewelry can cover the entire spectrum of colors but nothing beats the colorless diamond. The difference in color grade is almost unrecognizable in the naked eye but it is when it comes to the value. Colorless crystal jewelry is the most precious compared to off-white ones. The exceptions to the rule are “fancy” diamonds-in well-highlighted colors of pink, blue, red, green, and yellow. These are particularly rare and highly treasured. 3.) CUT. The cut is the most crucial variable affecting the crystal jewelry because it has a great influence on its fire and brilliance but not all jewelers know what “cut” means. Cut can be used to mean the inherent shape like round (modern brilliant cut, eight cuts, old cut, Swiss cut, rose cut, and chipping) marquise, oval, pear, heart and emerald or octagon. Some also prefer square, oblong, triangle, princess and radiant cuts. It can also mean the proportion or the polishing of the crystal jewelry. 4.) CARAT WEIGHT. Although carat is a unit of weight, not size, the carat weight of crystal jewelry has come to refer to particular sizes. If properly cut, diamonds of the same weight should be about the same size. These sizes do not apply to other gems because their specific gravities differ from a diamond. Bigger is not necessarily better. Although large crystal jewelry flaunts the stone’s delicate color and exquisite cut, a diamond of lesser size may have higher clarity and color or a more precise cut and be of equal value. It is important very important not to confuse weight with size. Always remember that there is no two crystal jewelry with exactly the same size because these might weight very...

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