Pearls are a coveted treasure the world over, historically known as the “Queen of Gems”. They were prized by the Roman nobility as a symbol of wealth, and have long been associated with glamour particularly for the popularity of ropes of pearls in the roaring twenties.
Natural or cultured pearls are created when a mollusc produces layers of nacre around an irritant inside its shell. The quality of the nacre dictates the quality of the lustre, which determines its beauty and value. The surface of the pearl should be smooth and free of marks while the overall shape could be round, oval, pear-shaped, or even irregular in shape, these are known as baroque pearls.
Classic Pearl and Diamond Stud Earrings Natural pearls are extremely rare. Historically, many were found in the Persian Gulf; unfortunately, today they are incredibly sparse. There are two types of pearl; fresh water and saltwater. Saltwater Pearls include the Akoya cultured pearls from Japan and South Sea pearls grown in the South Pacific. Akoya pearls are prized for their metalic lustre and occur in shades of creamy white, pink and silver. The golden lipped oyster native to the waters of Indonesia produces beautiful natural golden pearls, while the biggest species of pearl oyster, the silver lip, produces stunning platinum white pearls. Tahitian pearls are grown in several of the islands of French Polynesia. These naturally coloured pearls are collectively called black pearls, but they come in a spectrum of shimmering rich, dark colours, ranging from slate grey, silver and pistachio to midnight black with overtones of green, pink or blue.
An imitation pearl is usually a coated glass bead coated in artificial nacre sometimes made from fish scales. Most have a high lustre, but not the depth of lustre seen on high quality cultured pearls. One way to identify a real pearl is by rubbing the pearl on your teeth. If the surface feels smooth the pearl is an imitation and if it feels gritty on the teeth you can be almost certain it is a real pearl. Real pearls are also noticeably heavy and will feel cool to the touch, imitation pearls will usually feel much lighter and will usually be at room temperature. Let pearls become a part of your love story at Steven Stone. In the last century pearls have become the must have for bridal wear regardless of theme or season. To view our extensive collection visit our showroom or our website.