Cultured pearls: Origin and care
The gemstones come from inside the earth. But that rule has some exceptions and pearls are one of them (since these are gems of organic origin). From the depths of the sea, comes this precious gift that enhances the elegance and beauty of women. No doubt the pearls are precious stones full of mysticism.
The jewelry market at the international level has faced a demand from users requesting jewelry incorporate into their quality pearls design. To do science and technology devised a mechanism for obtaining original pearls.
Cultured pearls are formed much like the natural way. The process begins in the body of the Bivalve after that to the same is inserted intentionally the irritant called the nucleus, which makes the mollusk react in a defensive way by using the segregation of mother-of-pearl, thus neutralizing the intruder wrapping, and over the years it comes the pearl.
The above discussion shows that cultured pearls themselves are original pearls. These are not mass production, however, it is carried out a selection process of oysters whose race having the quality required to produce higher quality pearls. According to studies, only 50 percent of the oysters whose purpose is to produce pearls survive, of them 20 percent offers pearls with perfection and value requiring a gem’s quality.
How to recognize a pearl quality?
Bright luster and clean surface. A pearl quality has a bright luster, that is, the surface has a high gloss. If by the contrary, the Pearl looks white, with appearance of chalk or very opaque, it will not be faced with a pearl of good quality. Furthermore, it should not be any spot on the pearl, or any dent or bulge.
To recognize the original pearl, whether natural or cultivated you can do the following: rubs against your teeth pearl gently, if you perceive a gritty feeling and not a soft texture and is completely smooth, you’ll be confronted with an original pearl and not an imitation.
Round: This really has nothing to do with the quality of the pearl but rather with its economic value. There asymmetrical pearls called baroque, in the form of a tear or pear, button, but the more round will be more valuable because the pearls to be a spontaneous creation of nature are not normally perfect roundness.
Color: Many people have the misconception that only the original pearls are white. The color of pearls varies from pink, green, cream to black without necessarily be an imitation pearl.
Tips for the care of the Pearl
Pearls are tough, but anyway, a natural product susceptible to damage. That is why offer a few simple tricks that allow you to keep your pearls with a great health.
Put your Pearl Jewelry once you have makeup, combed and perfumed, because the chemical present in products such as lacquer or aromatic oils degrade the natural luster of the Pearl.
After use them, rub them with a clean, damp cloth; and if you want to get a more thorough cleaning, you can wash them with warm water and mild soap, preferably neutral. Store your pearls in boxes lined with delicate fabrics like velvet, away from other jewelry that can scratch them.
Regarding the pearl necklaces, you must change the cord at least once every two years to prevent it from bursting and miss the gems or these get damaged.