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Pearl Information and Care

 

CHOOSING YOUR PEARL

 

Pearls come in an infinite combination of shape, colour and size and like diamonds no two are exactly alike.
When buying pearls look for the deep inner glow and shimmering iridescence, known as orient. The deeper the lustre and iridescence, the more precious the pearl will be. Colour tones should be clear, not dull or muddy.
Flawlessness in a pearl is very rare, with the majority bearing small natural blemishes.  They are marks of individuality and testify to the pearls authenticity, but watch for cracks, chips or disfiguring blemishes.
Size influences the price of a pearl. They seldom grow to more than 15mm, so larger pearls are rare and can cost more. However a smaller pearl can attract a higher price if it is superior in orient.
The more symmetrical the shape, the more valuable the pearl will be.
Exact symmetrical shapes include round, pear shape, tear shape, and oval. Pearls of asymmetrical shape are termed baroque.
All pearls in a strand should be a good match in regard to lustre, orient and colour. Roll a strand of pearls along on a flat surface to determine if all the pearls are strung through their exact centres.

 

CARING FOR YOUR PEARL

 

Pearls are precious jewels and should be treated as such.
 •   Always store your pearl jewellery so that items don't scratch or scuff one another. Use a jewellery box with
      separate compartments, or wrap pieces in tissue paper before placing them in the box.
•    Don't wear pearls whilst in the bath, showers or spas, or when playing sport.
•    Put your pearls on after applying cosmetics, hairspray or perfume.
•    After wearing, wipe with a soft cloth to prevent dirt accumulating.
•    Wash in cool water using mild soap. After washing lay on a moist kitchen towel to dry. When the
      kitchen towel is dry your pearls will be as well.
•    Never clean pearls in an ultrasonic cleaner.  Don't use detergents, bleaches,
      baking powder or ammonia-based products when cleaning pearls.