When you are shopping for pearl pendants, the most important value factor to consider is the quality of the pearl. Natural cultured pearl colors are much more valuable than dyed pearl colors, which often look too vivid or harsh to come from nature. Gemvara does not sell any dyed pearls.
The quality of cultured pearls are judged by luster, the reflectivity and shine of the surface, and the orient, which is the soft iridescence caused by the refraction of light by the layers of nacre. Also look for any flaws or spots in the nacre: the best pearls have an even smooth texture. Other factors that affect value are the regularity of the shape, size, and color.
Pearls are organic, created when a mollusk like an oyster covers a foreign object with beautiful layers of nacre, the mother of pearl. Most pearls today are cultured by man. A shell bead or mantle tissue is placed inside an oyster and the oyster is returned to the water. The mollusk does the rest: it covers the implanted shell or with layer after layer of lustrous nacre.
Although the culturing of pearls began in Japan with the saltwater white Akoya pearl, today the majority of the cultured pearls on the market, even traditional-looking white strands, are freshwater pearls cultured in the lakes of China. China has added beautiful natural pastel shades to the pearl palette: lovely warm pinks, oranges, and purples.
In the warmer waters of the South Pacific, bigger mollusks produce South Sea cultured pearls and black Tahitian cultured pearls, which come in larger sizes. South Sea golden cultured pearls are the world's most valued pearls for their buttery color and natural satiny luster.
Because all Gemvara pendants are made to order, we can hand-select the perfect pearl for your design. What is the meaning of pearls in the language of gems? Pearls have long symbolized perfection and purity, making them popular for brides. Pearls are the most feminine of gems. According to ancient Chinese legend, the moon holds the power to create pearls, instilling them with its celestial glow and mystery.
Pearl is the June birthstone and the 3rd and 30th anniversary gem.
Pearl pendants are crafted in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum or sterling silver.
Because pearls are organic, they have a relatively low hardness of 2.5 to 3.5 and should be stored away from other jewelry to prevent scratching. Always put on perfume, lotion, and sprays before you put on pearls, since chemicals may be absorbed into the surface of pearls, staining them. Wipe your pearl pendants clean with a moist soft cloth after wearing them.
Gemvara's fine quality pearl pendants are designed to be passed down for generations to come, crafted by hand in the United States.
With a little care, your fine jewelry will keep its good looks forever.
The best way to clean your jewelry is by soaking it in a bowl of warm water with a few drops of ordinary dish detergent.
If needed, use a soft brush where dust and soap can collect.
Then just rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth.
You won't have to clean your jewelry as often if you put it on after applying hairspray, perfume, and cosmetics.
Be sure to remove your jewelry before strenuous activities like sports.
Keep jewelry away from chlorine and other household chemicals.
Always make sure it is dry and clean by wiping with a cloth before putting it away.
To protect the beauty of your jewelry, don't keep it in a tangle in a jewelry box.
Remember, gems can scratch metal or each other.
When you travel, make sure your jewelry pieces don't rub against each other in your bag.
Store each piece separately or wrap each one in tissue paper or a soft cloth.
We want you to love your Gemvara jewelry, so we offer a 101-day no-questions-asked return policy.
If you aren't satisfied with your unique Gemvara jewelry creation for any reason, you can send it back in its original unworn condition for a full refund.
Each returned piece must have its original tag attached, so leave the tag on until you are sure you love it.
If you love it but it doesn't fit, no problem: we offer one free resizing as well.
We stand behind our exceptional American-made quality with a one-year warranty on the craftsmanship of our jewelry.
Because the earth is precious too, we make our jewelry from conflict-free gems and recycled precious metals.
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