Pearls


Pearl Jewelry: Pearl Earrings and Pearl Necklaces

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Freshwater Pearls are sourced from Mollusks (mussels) found in rivers and lakes.

"A symbol of purity, Pearl is believed to attract good luck, awealth & protection".

Pearl is the birthstone for June

Pearls have become an essential accessory in a woman’s wardrobe, with its understated elegance.

Essentially a gemstone, Pearl is unique, as it is the only one obtained from a living creature.

Pearls are ready to adorn with no polishing or cutting needed – a true marvel of nature!

Although most Pearls are found in Oysters, other Shells, Abalone, Mussels, and Clams create Pearls too.

 

How Pearls are made?

A Pearl is formed when a small piece like a grain of sand or shell lodges deep inside a mollusk shell, becoming an irritant to the Oyster.

Thereafter, the Oyster naturally starts producing and coating the grain with nacre (composed of Aragonite crystals and an organic binding substance called Conchiolin), forming thin, curved layers.

Natural Pearls, grown in nature without human interference, has become a rarity today, with maybe just one among millions of shellfish producing a Pearl.

However, there is hope for lovers of Pearl jewelry with freely available and affordably priced farm-grown or cultured Pearls.

When farming cultured pearls, typically, a small mother of pearl bead is gently inserted into the living oyster.

This bead acts as an irritant to the oyster. Therefore, simulating what happens in nature.

The oyster begins to excrete nacre to cover the irritant, the mother of pearl bead, which forms into a pearl after a few years.

 

How to select and buy Pearl jewelry online?

Because you cannot hold, touch, and feel pearl jewelry before buying, it is hard to make a judgment before buying pearl jewelry online. Therefore, you must buy pearl jewelry only from a trusted online seller, qualified in Gemology.

At ASHANTI Jewels, our pearls are hand-selected by Ashanti, a certified GIA Gemologist, from the most renowned Gemological institute in the world, Gemological Institute of America.

Most of the pearls we use in our collection are between AA and AAA grade. AA grade may have some minor blemishes but does not interfere with the beauty of the pearl. 

There are few A-grade pearls used in a few designs because the blemishes itself adds to the beauty and the rawness of its design. These pearl grades are clearly listed in the description.

ASHANTI Jewels offers a 60-day money-back guarantee so that you can buy with confidence!

There are 7 factors that affect the value and grade of a pearl.

Size, Shape, Color, Nacre, Luster, Surface, and Matching.

 

1. Size Matters in Pearls

Naturally, the larger the pearl, the rarer it is. This is because an oyster takes many years to produce a large pearl. A large pearl will always yield a higher price.

Freshwater Cultured Pearls typically range from 6.0-7.0 MM to 10.0-11.0 MM. 

Tahitian pearls are typically larger, ranging from 8.0-9.0 MM to 15.0-16.0 MM and larger. 

2. Shape of Pearls

Round Pearls are considered the premium quality and carry a price tag to match.

Ovals tend to be more affordable, but as elegant as the round Pearls when set in jewelry.

Other unusually shaped, unique Pearls are gaining in popularity with their uniqueness.

 

3. Color of Pearls and Overstone

Pearls have a distinctive body color as well as an iridescent, rainbow-like overtone. This overtone is a result of the diffraction of light at the edge of each overlapping layer of Aragonite, which adds a charming and unique dimension to this gemstone.

White Pearls are the most popular. But Pearls do occur in gray, green, blue-green, dark blue and bronze, and they are commonly known as Black Pearls.

Certain varieties of Pearls are considered superior and therefore come at a higher price. They are

  • Akoya White Pearls with pink overtones
  • Blue Akoyas are extremely rare
  • Golden South Sea Pearls
  • Tahitian Black Pearls with green and pink, “chocolate” and “pistachio” overtones

Most Pearls are bleached and or permanently dyed to achieve desired colors. 

 

4. Nacre

Nacre is what the Oyster produces to coat the irritant that got inside its shell.  Nacre is composed of Aragonite crystals.

The luster of a pearl varies based on the thickness of the nacre on a pearl.

If you can see the nucleus of a pearl underneath its nacre, or if the pearl has a dull, chalky appearance, it is safe to consider it has very thin care. This will affect the luster and the durability of the pearl.

 

5. Luster

Pearls should have a high luster, which usually is something that needs to be seen in person before buying Pearls or Pearl jewelry.

Ashanti has already hand-selected pearls with high luster for you.

 

How is the luster of a Pearl is graded?

  • Excellent – Reflections on a pearl are bright and sharp
  • Very Good – Reflections are bright and almost sharp
  • Good – Reflections are bright but not so sharp, and slightly hazy around the edges
  • Fair – Reflections are weak and blurred
  • Poor – Reflections are dim and diffused

The higher the luster, the more valuable the pearl will be.

 

6. Surface

A surface of a pearl is judged based on the number of natural blemished found its surface. 

As pearls are created by a living creature, most pearls never achieve perfection. Some pearls may have minor abrasions that look like scratches, or a flattened section that affect its shape or may have ridges.

If surface blemishes are too many, they can affect the durability of the pearl and devalue it.

Surface blemishes have less effect on the pearl’s beauty and value if only a few are seen.

However, surface blemishes are proof that it is not a synthetic pearl.

 

7. Matching

Matching affects mostly in Pearl strands. If all Pearls are matched perfectly on a Pearl strand, it is valued at a higher price.  

 

Pearl Jewelry for Everyday and Special Occasions

Pearls are the birthstone for June.

A favorite with brides, especially white Pearls, thanks to their pure and simple appearance.

Believed to play a major role in strengthening engagements and affection, Pearls make a beautiful gift of love.

"Pearls are also believed to channel the energies of good luck, protection, money, and love."

Through the ages, Pearls have been acknowledged as an undeniably feminine gemstone, in spite of efforts to make Pearl jewelry desirable to men too.

Be it as wedding jewelry, or simply as an elegant and chic accessory, Pearls are an essential element of a stylish woman’s wardrobe.

The ASHANTI Jewels Pearl collections celebrate the Pearl in all its purity, in a variety of colors.

From dangle style Pearl earrings to Pearl pendants, the options are amazing.

Browse and select from the affordable collection of stunning Pearl creations and prepare to complement those favorite outfits with accessories handcrafted with love.

 

Properties of Pearls

Name

Pearl

Varieties

Conch Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, Saltwater Pearl

Crystallography 

Amorphous: the aragonite in the nacre of a pearl is orthorhombic, with minute crystals radially oriented and a concentric structure.

Colors 

Pearl color is due to the body color and an overtone color (orient) as a lustrous sheen. The orient is the color seen by a diffuse light source. The rest of the color is due to its body color. There are sometimes two overtone colors, one on the surface, the other at the edge. 

Luster 

Pearly, dull.

Polish Luster 

Dull to nearly metallic.

Fracture Luster 

Dull to pearly.

Fracture 

Uneven. Roughness is variable.

Hardness 

2.5 - 4.5

Specific Gravity 

2.6 – 2.78; conch pearls, 2.85; cultured pearls, 2.72 - 2.78, that is, heavier than most naturals. However, this is NOT a diagnostic test.

Birefringence

0.155 – 0.156 (aragonite)

Cleavage

None

Dispersion

None

Heat Sensitivity

Yes

Luminescence

See “Identifying Characteristics”

Wearability

Good to poor.

Transparency

Translucent to opaque.

Phenomena

Orient

Birthstone

June

Formula

CaCO3 (aragonite, the outer layer) about 82-86%, conchiolin 10-14%, water 2%. These proportions are variable.

Pleochroism

None

Optics

Aggregate, if not opaque. N = 1.53-1.69, but not observed; usually vague shadow edge in this range

Etymology

From the Old French perle, Medieval Latin perla, and Classical Latin pernula or perna for pearl.

Occurrence

Formed within various species of living bivalve mollusks in both salt and freshwater.

 

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