Pearl: The History of a Myth!
The pearl is a treasure of the sea, the queen of the ocean! It is the only jewel that Cleopatra did not hesitate to swallow in front of the eyes of her courtyard in order to prove her extreme and unrealistic character! From the dawn of civilization the pearls are dedicated to women! They are the symbol of purity, power, wealth, happiness and virtue. It is a sought-after natural product that makes pearl jewelry unique and with a special aesthetics!
Pearl: A timeless piece
It is well known that pearls from the ancient years fascinated all women. It is a classic and yet timeless jewel that has been inherited from generation to generation for many years. There is no woman who does not like pearls. It is and will be the favorite gem of every woman. There is a special relationship between them, since in a magical way the pearls show their glamour and charm on the neck of women and vice versa.
Its unbelievable elegance and simplicity, as well as the aristocracy that exudes pearls, make them the perfect jewel for all hours of the day, but also for all the looks of the day. For example, a pair of pearl earrings can be worn from the morning in the office, until evening, creating a chic and elegant look.
But how are pearls created?
Responsible for the creation of pearls are molluscs and more specifically pearl oysters. To remove the pearls from the flesh, the shell is opened, otherwise it may take years for the animal to eliminate it. The pearl begins to form when a grain or other small object passes into the flesh of the animal and can not eliminate it in any way. Although they have an excellent system to filter the sand, there are also accidents! If even a tiny piece of coral penetrates, then the oyster covers it with a substance called a margarous.
Today almost all pearls are grown. The largest production is in countries such as China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, French Polynesia, Australia, Mexico, and the Philippines.
How is a pearl evaluated?
Important factors for assessing the pearl are shape, size, gloss, surface and color.
- The most sought after pearl shape is the round, but the perfect round pearls are rare and at the same time most valuable.
- The size of the pearls is measured in millimeters by measuring the smallest diameter, the larger the pearl the more valuable.
- Gloss refers to the reflection of the surface of the pearl in light. Crystallization of the pearl material affects the pearl gloss.
- The surface of the pearl is related to purity, the cleaner, the more valuable it is.
The purity of the pearl depends on the size and number of spots or bulges present on its surface, which is common because pearl is a natural product. Finally, the color of the pearl, which may be white, pink, gray, creamy, gold and black, is determined by the oyster itself.
As mentioned above, pearls vary in color, size, shape, gloss and surface. The most popular varieties are: Akoya, Biwa, Fresh Water, Cortez, Mabe, South Sea and Tahitian. Akoya and Biwa are usually white or creamy. Cortez pearls can be found in various colors, Mabe differ due to the very high gloss, while South Sea is one of the largest pearls and you can find them in white, creamy or golden colors. Finally, the Tahitians are in gray, silver or black shades.
How to Care for Your Pearl
The pearl as an organic material may show signs of deterioration in its surface over time. But good care can keep it bright and alive.
Like most jewelleries, the pearl that is not worn is slowing down and altering. You should not leave the pearls in closed cans for long periods of time, wearing them while bathing, letting them come in contact with cosmetics, perfumes, sprays, sweat and never wear them in direct contact with other jewelery or precious rocks.
To maintain their shine, gently clean them with cotton cloth and change the thread from the pearl necklace regularly to special jewelers or workshops. Because a pearl does not reveal its beauty so much as a woman’s naked skin, we would suggest that you wear it regularly so that it keeps its shine and true beauty!