This precious, «organic» gem displays mystery in its charming glow and is a symbol of purity, grace and modesty. Pearls are beyond comparison. Having a wide range of shapes, sizes and colors this treasure of nature has been adored by women for generations for its charming look.
There are two types of pearls which are defined according to their way of creation. Natural pearls are very rare nowadays as over-fishing has left no opportunities for gaining them. In addition, those pearls are almost never perfectly round which is very important aspect for natural pearl jewelry.
In the twentieth century these beauties started being cultivated. In the unnatural conditions created by people this process is now held artificially. Cultivated pearls are made by oysters. Essentially the process presents the insertion of an irritant (a piece of sand) inside an oyster and then caring for the oyster until it has harvested a pearl. Almost all beautifully round pearls used in jewelry are cultivated. Traditionally, white pearls are produced because white pearl jewelry sets are mostly requested.
Pearl jewelry is produced in different designs, but the most popular and most common pearls are imagined in a necklace or in a pearl necklace set. Worn by the most elegant women of the century, these treasures are highly appreciated not only for their lustrous, creamy texture but are hypoallergenic, so they never cause any skin problems. Pearls can be combined with metals and additional crystal beads. They never induce rust or metal corrosion so they are widely used for complex jewels. Pearls in earrings especially accentuate the hair color. Little studs or elegant earrings with pearls fit any costume for any event.
When buying a pearl necklace and earring set or any other piece of jewelry with pearls you should keep in mind some simple quality indications. The luster of the pearls must be clear and the image reflection on the surface should be sharp. The size may vary. Usually, but depending on the price, big pearls are preferable in rings and necklaces.
Small pearls in studs and earrings are neat and feel more comfortable as they do not detract attention from the whole set. Regard the general look of your jewelry; all the pearls should match in color shape and size. Ensure that the jewel chosen would match your clothes. In case of doubt consult the shop-assistant or look up some designer's production with traditional tendencies like Italian jewelry.