Pearl

Pearl

 

 


Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive strands, warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic.

Produced in the bodies of marine and freshwater mollusks naturally or cultured by people with great care. Lustrous, smooth, subtly-colored pearls are jewelry staples, especially as strands.

BIRTHSTONE: June


 

 

Gemstones Pearl Bracelet

Overview

Perhaps the best-loved gems of all time, pearls-natural and cultured-occur in a wide variety of colors. The most familiar are white and cream, but the palette of colors extends to every hue. Natural pearls form around a microscopic irritant in the bodies of certain mollusks. Cultured pearls are the result of the deliberate insertion of a bead or piece of tissue that the mollusk coats with nacre.

Gemstones Pearl EarringGemstones Pearl Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2206 BC

653 Fifth Avenue

1893

A Chinese historian writes about pearls for the first time.
In 1917, Pierre Cartier traded a double strand of natural pearls for a mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Kokichi Mikimoto successfully cultures a pearl in Japan.

 


 

quality factors

An assessment of the following characteristics determines the value of each type of pearl.

 

color

Pearl Color Diamond

Although white is most classic, appreciation has grown for more unusual natural colors.

clarity

Pearl Surface Quality

The number of blemishes on a pearl's surface is evaluated to judge quality.

cut

Pearl Shape

Spherical pearls are the most valued but symmetrical drops are also sought.

carat weight

Pearl Size

Cultured pearls range from 2-16mm in diameter, depending on the mollusk used.

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