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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It’s been said that silver jewelry makes a person look youthful and energetic, while gold makes a person look sophisticated and mature. Hence, silver is a popular choice of the young and the young at heart for their adornments. Silver is also more practical, as it costs less than gold jewelry and is more widely available. There are more specialty shops that sell silver earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets, for example, than those that specialize in gold jewelry. Silver jewelry has the impressive quality of being both affordable and stylish. Silver earrings are by no means “cheap” — in fact, it is highly recommended as a complement to dark clothing, making for a very elegant and chic combination. Silver sets off dark colors and plays more on contrast, which makes for an extremely effective fashion statement. Silver jewelry and black attire is a favorite ensemble of artistes, as well as advocates of the popular  “goth” movement. All over the world, and throughout history, silver is thought of as a complement to gold. Silver as an element has been associated with the moon, while gold has been associated with the sun. The moon makes soft, mesmerizing silver ripples as it is reflected on a still lake. Its close relationship with moon imagery has made silver the color most commonly associated with dreams, fantasy and magic. Folklore has also endowed silver with special powers and healing properties. Celebrities have also been known to patronize silver earrings. Oprah Winfrey and Sandra Bullock have sported chic chandelier-type silver pieces on more than one occasion. It is always interesting and a pleasure to behold the various styles and designs of celebrities’ silver jewelry, especially if it is worn in taste and in style. A jewelry style or design that has been worn by a celebrity is often  copied because it has become popular and trendy. If you are building a collection of earrings, don’t forget to include silver. In addition to being practical, the designs are limitless. Definitely worth the investment. Thanks for reading!!...

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