How To Tell If A Pearl Is Real!
There are really just two kinds of pearls- freshwater & saltwater- with both being real pearls. The details of various pearl descriptions tell a bit about the environment they were grown in as well as the color, size, shape, & price. Pearls come from mollusks even though some folks talk about pearls coming from mussels, which are a type of mollusk. Within the freshwater & saltwater, basic growing conditions have many more possibilities!
Check out the Tres Elegante Designs Pearls and Stones Collection!
My love of pearls began at age 11, when my parents gifted me a pearl ring that I cherish to this day. My pearl passion grew deeper when, at 16, my grandmother gave me a set of graduated Mikimoto pearls my father had brought back from the Korean War. This collection, in its diversity of design, celebrates my love of pearls and their inherent versatility.
Care and Storage of Pearls
A reminder...Pearls are organic creations. It’s their special surface that makes them so beautiful so taking good care of them will help them last and look lovely for a long time. Pearls are very soft, a 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning they can scratch easily. Keep pearl jewelry away from all types of chemicals, especially chlorine, ammonia, hair spray, lotion, perfume and makeup.
Cleaning...While moisture is good for pearls, perspiration can be acidic, which is not good. After wearing your pearl jewelry, use a soft dry cloth to wipe them down before putting them away. If your pearl jewelry becomes dirty, use mild, non-perfumed soapy water on a damp cloth to gently remove the dirt. Pearls should not be submerged in water or any liquid as it can eat away at the epoxy in mountings and damage silk threads. Let pearls dry completely before putting them away. Never, ever, use steam, ultrasonic or jewelry cleaners. If in doubt, take them to a reputable jeweler for cleaning.
Storing...It’s best to store pearl jewelry in a fabric-lined compartment in your jewelry box or drawer, or in a soft fabric pouch. This keeps them away from other jewelry pieces that could scratch the soft surface. Pearl necklaces and bracelets should be stored flat, as hanging them will stretch any silk used in construction. Never use closed plastic boxes or bags for storing pearls. All storage locations should be somewhere with some ambient moisture, as hot, dry conditions can cause pearls to crack. Strung pearl jewelry should be checked once a year and re-strung every few years, based on the advice of a reputable jeweler. Keeping pearl jewelry separate is also best when pearls are designed together with metals and other semi-precious or precious stones.