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Round White Natural Pearl

Round Black Tahitian Pearl

Round Rose Natural Pearl

Pronunciation: PURL

Aphrodite's tears of joy, Cleopatra's love potion, Krishna's wedding gift for his daughter. The legends stretch fast and far, however one fact is undeniable: Pearls are the oldest known gem and were considered the most valuable, for centuries! In fact, the Roman General Vitellius allegedly financed an entire military campaign with just one of his mother's Pearl earrings! The only jewel that is not made by mother Earth, the Pearl is created from a secreted resin of the oyster. Make an oyster proud! Get some Pearl earrings, or a nice Pearl necklace! The Pearl is the anniversary gemstone for the 30th year of marriage. Commonly known as the June birthstone, Pearls are linked to Geminis and Cancers.

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Pearls used to hold such an incredibly high value because it would take sifting through THOUSANDS of them to find ONE that would be usable in Pearl jewelry. Today, that is quite different. With the introduction of Pearl farming by the Japanese over 100 years ago, Getting Pearls that are remarkable and usable has become much less painstaking.


Pearls are generated by mollusks such as oysters. They are made from calcium carbonate layers that are secreted by oysters when they get a foreign object in their shell that irritates their innards. What gives Pearls their appeal are luster (reflection/refraction of light), nacre (outside coating - is it smooth, or pocked), size (is it closer to round, or more wobbly) and color.

Care and Cleaning

Only use jewelry cleaners labeled as safe for Pearls. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner. Never steam-clean Pearls. Never use (or expose Pearls) to dish or wash detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda, or ammonia-based cleaners (like Windex). Never use toothbrushes, scouring pads or abrasive materials to clean Pearls. Do not wear Pearls when the string is wet. Wet strings stretch and attract dirt, which is hard to remove. Do not hang Pearls to dry. Take your Pearls off when applying cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume, or when showering or swimming. Avoid wearing Pearls with rough fabrics like Shetland wool. Have your Pearls restrung once a year if you wear them often.

Pearl Fame

A conch natural Pearl, one of the rarest Pearls in the world, is created due to a pure chance of nature. Every year, about two to three thousand conch Pearls are fished from the flat waters around the coasts of Florida, the Bahamas, the Yucatan and the Antilles islands. Of these, only about one in five are suitable for making jewelry. The Strombus Gigas sea snail that produces this Pearl is extremely sensitive. The complicated spiral form of the snail shell means that it is not possible to reach the Pearl-forming part without endangering the life of the animal. This makes cultivating conch Pearls extremely difficult.

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